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The Birds

The Birds

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We continue with thrills and chills for our next Rialto Recommends with Alfred Hitchcock's iconic 1963 film THE BIRDS. Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay. Proving once again that build-up is the key to suspense, Alfred Hitchcock successfully turned birds into some of the most terrifying villains in horror history. The New York Times said "Mr. Hitchcock and his associates have constructed a horror film that should raise the hackles of the most courageous and put goose-pimples on the toughest hide." While more recently the Chicago Reader said "Alfred Hitchcock's most abstract film (1963), and perhaps his subtlest, still yielding new meanings and inflections after a dozen or more viewings." THE BIRDS is streaming on Fubo and Peacock Premium or is available to rent for a modest fee from Apple, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu and others HERE.

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Film Facts
Running Time
120
Genre
Horror
Thriller
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Starring
Tippi Hedren
Rod Taylor
Jessica Tandy
Suzanne Pleshette
Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock
Written by
Daphne du Maurier
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