15 certificateThe Birds is a Film programme that first aired in 1963 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

The Birds is a 4 star programme

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The Birds (1963)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock

This disturbing classic follows a spoilt and rich socialit, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) who is also renowned for playing practical jokes on people.

Whilst in a pet shop in San Francisco she notices a gentleman who comes in called Muitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) who is wanting to buy a pair of love birds for his sister birthday. He notices Melanie and, pretending to mistake her for a shop assistant, asks her about them.

Put out by being mistaken as a mere shop assistant, instead of the person she so obviously appears to be, Melanie buys the only two love birds in the shop and drives them down to the quiet sea-side town of Bodega Bay where he lives at the weekends with his mother, Lydia (Jessica Tandy) and sister.

However soon into her stay she is attacked by a sea-gull, but this is only the beginning. Shortly the entire town gets bombarded by hundreds upon hundreds of birds that appear to have a grudge against the human inhabitants.

Written by ,

Also known as "Hitchcock's The Birds"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1963

Rating:
4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour

Cast

Rod Taylor...Mitch Brenner
Jessica Tandy...Lydia Brenner
Suzanne Pleshette...Annie Hayworth
Tippi Hedren...Melanie Daniels
Image for Veronica CartwrightVeronica Cartwright...Cathy Brenner
Ethel Griffies...Mrs. Bundy
Charles McGraw...Sebastian Sholes
Ruth McDevitt...Mrs. MacGruder
Lonny Chapman...Deke Carter
Joe Mantell...Traveling salesman at diner's bar
Doodles Weaver...Fisherman helping with rental boat
Malcolm Atterbury...Deputy Al Malone
John McGovern...Postal clerk
Karl Swenson...Doomsayer in diner
Image for Richard DeaconRichard Deacon...Mitch's city neighbor