Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Birds (1963)

Melanie Daniels is a wealthy socialite who visits a San Francisco shop one day when she sees a swarm of birds in the air. Thinking nothing of it, she walks into the shop to pick them up when meets a man who asks her about lovebirds for his sister's birthday. She pretends she's a salesperson but she isn't convincing seeing as how she names the birds wrong. He reveals that he knows who she is and that he has seen her before. Next day, Melanie brings the lovebirds to Mitch Brenner (the man she encountered in the store) but he's away at Bodega Bay where he's staying with his mother and sister, so Melanie drives over there to surprise him with the lovebirds. But when she rents a boat and goes over to surprise him, a seagull swoops down and cuts her on the head. Over the course of the next few days, Melanie, Mitch, his mother Lydia and younger sister Cathy are the subject of a series of vicious and violent attacks that soon brings a widespread panic. A nail-biting suspense thriller as only the legendary Alfred Hitchcock can deliver, you'll never look at birds the same way again after seeing this one. Starring Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Tippi Hedren 9/10

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