The Birds

The Birds

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  • Alfred Hitchcock


  • Rod Taylor
  • Tippi Hedren
  • Suzanne Pleshette

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.

Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic, about frenzied feathered flocks that terrorize a quiet community, is one of the Master of Suspense's most anxiety-inducing films. After chic socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets handsome lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco bird shop, she pursues him to the small California coastal town of Bodega Bay, where he spends weekends with his possessive mother (Jessica Tandy) and younger sister. Shortly after she arrives, a seagull swoops down and pecks her on the forehead. Gradually, ordinary birds in the hundreds and then thousands alight on the town and start attacking everyone and everything with increasing aggression.

Past Programs


Animal Defensive Behavior

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA


The Evolution of Birds

The Nickelodeon, Columbia, SC


Bird Brains

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul, Minneapolis, MN


The society of birds

The Gem, Bethel, ME