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3.9
13,599 Ratings

The Birds

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1963
Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

When socialite Melanie meets a playful lawyer in a pet shop, she decides to play a joke on him and deliver a pair of love birds to his home on the California coast. However, the town soon finds itself under savage attack by wild birds, and Melanie plays a central role in the town’s bid for survival.

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The Birds Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
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