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The Birds

"...and remember, the next scream you hear may be your own!"

Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.

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Released: Mar 28th, 1963
Budget: $2,500,000.00
Revenue: N/A

The Birds Main Cast

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Tippi Hedren
Tippi Hedren
plays Melanie Daniels
Suzanne Pleshette
Suzanne Pleshette
plays Annie Hayworth
Rod Taylor
Rod Taylor
plays Mitch Brenner
Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
plays Lydia Brenner
Veronica Cartwright
Veronica Cartwright
plays Cathy Brenner
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • DIRCAMEO(Alfred Hitchcock): at the start of the film walking two dogs past the pet shop (the dogs were actually his own).
  • A scene in the film shows a service station where a bird knocks over an attendant filling a car with gas. The gas flows across the street where a man lights his cigarette igniting the gas. The fire follows the gas stream to the pump and explodes. The service station was located across from "The Tides" restaurant and pier. In reality this service station did not exist at the time of the filming. However, several years later a service station was built and is still located at the spot shown in the film.
  • Movie Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): When Melanie Daniels is driving the lovebirds to Bodega Bay you can hear the car changing gears from a manual transmission. But the gear shift lever is reflected on the floorboard of the car and has no hand on it and never moves, and it appears to stay in neutral.
  • When the children are running down the street from the schoolhouse, extra footage was shot back on the Universal sound stages to make the scene more terrifying. A few of the children were brought back and put in front of a process screen on a treadmill. They would run in front of the screen on the treadmill with the Bodega Bay footage behind them while a combination of real and fake crows were attacking them. There were three rows of children and when the treadmill was brought up to speed it ran very fast. On a couple of occasions during the shoot, a number of the children in the front fell and caused the children in back to fall as well. It was a very difficult scene to shoot and took a number of days to get it right. The birds used were hand puppets, mechanical and a couple were trained live birds.
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