The Birds

Synopsis: Melanie Daniels is the modern rich socialite, part of the jet-set who always gets what she wants. When lawyer Mitch Brenner sees her in a pet shop, he plays something of a practical joke on her, and she decides to return the favor. She drives about an hour north of San Francisco to Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends the weekends with his mother Lydia and younger sister Cathy. Soon after her arrival, however, the birds in the area begin to act strangely. A seagull attacks Melanie as she is crossing the bay in a small boat, and then, Lydia finds her neighbor dead, obviously the victim of a bird attack. Soon, birds in the hundreds and thousands are attacking anyone they find out of doors. There is no explanation as to why this might be happening, and as the birds continue their vicious attacks, survival becomes the priority.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.7
Metacritic:
87
Rotten Tomatoes:
96%
PASSED
Year:
1963
119 min
73,654 Views

MITCH:

All right.

(he smiles)

She smiles back.

MITCH:

(he waits)

All right, may I see one, please?

CLOSE SHOT - MELANIE

as she realizes she is expected to take one of the canaries

out of the cage. She smiles feebly, glances toward the counter

where she expects Mrs. MacGruder to reappear momentarily,

and then takes a deep breath. She opens the door to the canary

cage, and cautiously puts her hand into it.

MELANIE:

(feebly)

Here, birdie. Here, birdie, birdie.

One of the canaries suddenly flutters out of the cage and

into the room. Melanie leaps back, startled.

MELANIE:

Oh! Ohhhhh!

FULL SHOT - THE BIRD DEPARTMENT

as the canary flies frantically about the room, Melanie and

Mitch in pursuit. Mrs. MacGruder appears at the counter,

finally confronted with the chaos she's been expecting all

day.

MRS. MACGRUDER

What is it? Oh! Oh my, one of the

birds is loose!

She joins in the chase around the room. The bird flutters up

to the ceiling, and then lands on the counter and watches

them suspiciously.

MITCH:

Shhh! Shhhh!

He tiptoes up to the bird, hat in hand. Quickly, he covers

the bird with his hat, then reaches under to grab it.

CLOSE SHOT - MITCH

the canary in his hand.

MELANIE:

There we are!

MRS. MACGRUDER

Oh, good! Oh, wonderful.

FULL SHOT - THE BIRD DEPARTMENT

as Mitch carries the canary back to the cage. He opens the

door.

MITCH:

(putting the canary

in)

Back into your gilded cage, Melanie

Daniels.

CLOSE SHOT - MELANIE

startled.

MELANIE:

What did you say?

TWO SHOT - MELANIE AND MITCH

MITCH:

(savoring this)

I was merely drawing a parallel,

Miss Daniels.

MELANIE:

But how... how do you know my name?

MITCH:

(secretly)

A little birdie told me.

(he smiles politely)

Good day, Miss Daniels.

(he bows to Mrs.

MacGruder)

Madam.

(he starts out)

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