The Birds

A masterful horror thriller from the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock. Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren in her debut role) accidentally meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a pet store. Mitch is looking to buy some lovebirds for his sister and Melanie being intrigued, finds out more about him and follows him to his house in San Francisco but upon knowing that he spends his weekends in Bodega Bay, drives over there to deliver a pair of lovebirds which she has purchased as a gift. Upon returning to the bay Melanie is attacked by a sea gull. Then follows a series of bird attacks on various people even managing to kill a couple of them. Throughout the movie, Hitchcock has managed to keep the undercurrent of suspense going as to what is the real story behind these bird attacks. Things get more violent, more people get hurt, Mitch’s family is undergoing trauma. Mitch’s previous girlfriend Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleschette in a lovely role) is a school teacher in Bodega Bay primary school. She had to step back from her relationship with Mitch due to the coldness of Mitch’s mother, Lydia Brenner (Jessica Tandy) who is a widow and yearning for her lost husband. So there is an element of intrigue going on with that and the lovebirds being bought to Bodega Bay. Alfred Hitchcock never answers the mystery.

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