Alfred Hitchcock's the Birds

Alfred Hitchcock's the Birds

DVD - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Melanie Daniels is a beautiful blonde who arrives in Bodega Bay in pursuit of the handsome and eligible Mitch Brenner. But love is not the only thing in the air when thousands of birds descend upon the town, attacking and terrorizing its residents. Soon Melanie and Mitch are fighting for their lives against a deadly, unexplainable force in this spine-tingling portrait of nature at its most powerful and ruthless.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jan 02, 2019

Overall, a disappointing film. After the spectacular success of Psycho, I can't understand why Hitch didn't give Joseph Stefano a shot at adapting Daphne Dumaurier's novella into a script. Robert Evan didn't seem quite up to the task. The worst aspect of the film is Jessica Tandy who was hopelessly miscast as the neurotic matriarch of the Brenner family. I feel sure Stefano could have done better.

Nov 15, 2018

A lot of this is dated, and the older style of acting seems stilted today -- but nevertheless this is a superbly frightening movie. The scene where the birds attack the house set the standard for countless horror and zombie flicks (mostly lesser attempts) that were to follow. Also interesting are the things that are NOT explained: why the attacks are happening, and what happens to the characters at the end.

Incidentally, sometime in the mid-1990's, they tore down the old wharf buildings at Bodega Bay and rebuilt them completely differently -- to the disappointment of fans of this movie, I'm sure.

May 03, 2017

The Birds is doubt,but It is enduring in any ways. For one,it has an eerie quality about what is going and why that has never been answered. Yet the story is well enough told that what and why is secondary to all the strange happenings and why all these birds descend on innocent members of a small seaside community.
The banter between Tippie Hendren and Robert Taylor is fun and well played and reminiscent of male,female relationships of the time.

May 03, 2017

This is a 1963 American horror-thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier.
It depicts a series of sudden and unexplained violent bird attacks on the people of Bodega Bay, California over the course of a few days.
Evan Hunter, a screenwriter, developed new characters and a more elaborate plot while keeping the storyline and concept of unexplained bird attacks.
Superb, chilling, amazing, fascinating and unique are the special effects shots of the attacking birds.
It is one of the best animal horror movies.

May 02, 2017

Few films depict so eerily yet so meticulously the metaphysical and historical sense of a world out of joint.

May 02, 2017

One of Hitchcock's best.

May 02, 2017

I got four words to this "horror" film; passenger pigeons meet guns

Jan 22, 2017

Well, darlings - For early-1960's horror it's OK - But I heard that a lot of the birds used in this film were actually hurt in various ways. Tsk. Tsk. No animal protection available for these defenceless creatures.

Aug 04, 2016

An excellent suspense film from Alfred Hitchcock- this is one of my personal favorites of Hitch.

Jun 03, 2016

OK. Here's the sound of the birds in The Birds... Caw! Caw! Caw!... Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!... Cackle! Cackle! Cackle!... Chirp! Chirp! Chirp!... Squawk! Squawk! Squawk! (Ad nauseum)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The Birds was the film that followed next after Psycho. And, when it came to the element of horror, I think this film was clearly a giant step down the ladder.

This film's preposterous story about common birds, like crows, seagulls and finches, flocking together and deliberately attacking the residents in the town of Bodega Bay (with the intent to kill them) made no sense at all.

And the focus on the hot/cold relationship that got underway between Mitch and Melanie only served to turn the whole story into a sappy, second-rate soap opera. It really did.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
Oct 28, 2017

black_wolf_1328 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Mar 30, 2008

ladyhawk thinks this title is suitable for


Add a Quote
aaa5756 Jul 31, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Jun 17, 2012

I think you're the cause of all this. I think you're evil! Eeeevil!! (followed by a hard slap to the speaker's face)


Add a Summary
lms Jul 21, 2008

Tippi Hendren was great in this


Add Notices
Mar 30, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at my library

To Top