The Birds (1963) is an Alfred Hitchcocks movie that will never leave you indifferent. For whatever reason, every so often you will see hundreds of birds sitting on a wire, making noise. After seeing this movie, you will never look at those birds and not think of this movie...will they attack?
Melanie Daniels played by Tippi Hedren, is a young woman who, while in a pet shop, meets this attractive bachelor, Mitch Brenner played by Rod Taylor who tells her he is looking for a pair of love birds for his young sister. She tells him that she does not work in this pet shop and he surprises her by telling her that not only does he know that but he knows who is and then leave. She's intrigued by him and decides to buy love birds and bring them to him in a little town a couple of hours outside of San Franscisco. As she crosses the bay by boat after delivering the birds, she is attacked by a seagull which Mitch witnesses. Concerned for her, he meets her when her boat docks and gives her first aid. This bird attack is followed by a couple more isolated incidents. The town's people are initially not too worried until Mitch's mother discovers a man dead who appears to have been attacked by birds. Over the next day or two, the birds will accumaulte over rooftops and attack children coming of their school, pecking and bitting at them, They will come out in large number out of a fireplace and attack people inside the house. You will see hundreds on wires and on play structure, making noise and looking threathening. Just the sound of the birds chirping and flapping their wings gets to be creepy. To me, this movie beats Psycho. It's more memorable because birds are part of our environment and you will see large numbers of them on wires, every so often. It's a classic!