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The Birds (film)

The Birds (1963) is a horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier. (Hitchcock also adapted Du Maurier's novel Rebecca into an acclaimed film) about birds mobbing humans.

The screenplay for The Birds was written by Evan Hunter, better known as crime fiction novelist Ed McBain. This film is notable in that it has no music score per se (other than brief source music); instead a montage of assorted bird calls and sound effects put together by perennial Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann provides the "incidental music".

In the film, various kinds of birds attack Bodega Bay, California, a seaside village. It may be noted that in Du Maurier's story, the birds attack Britain instead of California.


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A young lady (Hedren) visits a bird shop on a Friday afternoon. There, she meets Mitch (Taylor), a lawyer that is looking for two lovebirds for his little sister. She pretends to be the shopkeeper, showing him various species of birds, until she accidentally lets out a canary. When Mitch reveals after the incident that he knows her as Melanie Daniels, the daughter of a newspaper magnate, and tells her off for being a spoiled prankster, she decides to pay a visit to his house to get back at him and give his sister the lovebirds that he couldn't obtain. Outside, a flock of pigeons menacingly circle the sky.

When she arrives at the town of Bodega Bay, she seeks out Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), the local teacher, in order to learn the name of Mitch's sister, Cathy (Veronica Cartwright). Then, she travels out by boat and stealthily enters Mitch's house, placing the present in the living room. On the way back, however, a seagull inexplicably swoops down and claws her.

Cleaning up her wounds, Melanie gives Mitch the alibi that Annie was an old friend of hers and she wanted to pay a visit. She then returns to Annie's house, rents out a room for the weekend, and heads over to Mitch's house for dinner. There, his mother, Lydia (Jessica Tandy), argues with someone over the phone that the chicken feed she bought was defective—her chickens wouldn't eat a bite—only to learn that the vendor's own fowl, who had been given a different brand, had the same problem. After dinner, Melanie returns to Annie's house and the two chat about their past, when a thud is heard against the front door. Opening the door, Melanie discovers a dead crow sprawled on the ground.

The next day, Cathy hosts a birthday party. A peaceful flock of birds make their way across the clear blue sky as Melanie and Mitch walk along the beach. As time goes on, however, the sound of bird calls grows louder, and a shadowy cloud appears over the festivities. All of a sudden, a bird swoops down and switches Cathy on the ear, and an attack on the party commences. Terrified guests rush into the house as birds scratch, peck, and bite at them ravenously and without motive.

From then on, things go from bad to worse as bird attacks increase, both in scope and in violence. Lydia drives over to the farmer who sold her the defective chicken feed and discovers a gory corpse with his eyes gouged out. After fleeing the scene in a hysteria, Lydia begs Melanie to keep watch over Cathy during school the next day. A flock of crows gather in the playground, and when Melanie evacuates the school, they viciously tear at the children, nearly killing one of them.

At a pub where a majority of the children have evacuated, Melanie bears witness to the death of a gas clerk across the street after a seagull attacks him. A trail of gasoline makes its way down the road, to where a man is lighting a cigarette. The cries of bystanders are in vain, and a shattering explosion alerts scores of birds, who attack those who rushed out to help the clerk. Melanie runs to assist, but quickly retreats to a phone booth as she is attacked. From that vantage point, she bears witness to the horrific spectacle as birds rush at her from all angles. The local fire department soon arrives to fight the fire and end up fighting the birds instead. A dying man leans against the booth, slowly collapsing and leaving a streak of blood on the glass, which begins to crack as birds endlessly peck and fly at it. Finally, Mitch ventures into the storm and brings her back into the pub, where a woman accuses her of being cursed.

At last, the screeching of the birds comes to an end. Melanie sets out in search of Annie and Cathy. Annie lies dead on her porch, while a terrified Cathy uncontrollably sobs. Melanie comforts Cathy and Mitch brings Annie inside, as the afternoon descends into dusk.

Cathy, Melanie, Mitch, and Lydia hole up in their house, boarding up all the windows, doors, and openings, with the exception of a single fireplace that has a fire going around the clock. In this claustrophobic environment, the four spend hours wondering when the next attack will come. Finally, a clamor erupts, and Mitch quickly checks and repairs openings while the rest look on, terrified out of their wits. The power goes out, and Mitch gets a flashlight from the basement.

Later on, Melanie wakes up with the intuition that something is terribly wrong. She grabs Mitch's flashlight and carefully examines the rooms, then cautiously treads the stairs, opens a door, and goes inside. Birds attack her from all sides as she gazes at a gigantic hole in the ceiling. Unable to fight, she collapses onto the floor, nearly dying before Mitch comes and rescues her. Realizing that she needs to get to a hospital, he tells the others that they have to leave, and daringly ventures outside to get the car. Here, Hitchcock offers one of the most surreal and apocalyptic scenes to appear on film, as a sea of birds move under a cloudy twilight. Mitch quietly enters the garage and turns on the car radio, which reports that bird attacks have occurred further inland, mentioning the town of Santa Rosa, about thirty miles away. He brings the car around front and helps Cathy, Melanie, and Lydia inside, then drives away, parting waves of birds that seem to lie in anticipation of something...

The ending to this movie is purposefully abrupt in order to allow the audience to make their own guesses as to why these birds attacked. One reason could be revenge/uprising. The caged lovebirds brought along throughout the movie serve as a subtle justification to the bird attacks. Could the birds be getting back at mankind for all the abuse, exploiting and hunting they have been through?


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Could the birds be getting back at mankind for all the abuse, exploiting and hunting they have been through?. James Bond film series crew veteran John Barry composed, this, his second, credited James Bond film soundtrack. The caged lovebirds brought along throughout the movie serve as a subtle justification to the bird attacks. Though she only performed three out of the many Bond film theme songs, her strong, brassy style became a Bond theme trademark. One reason could be revenge/uprising. Goldfinger is the first of three James Bond films with a theme song sung by Shirley Bassey. The ending to this movie is purposefully abrupt in order to allow the audience to make their own guesses as to why these birds attacked. A teaser was used in the previous film, From Russia With Love, but it didn't feature the real James Bond.

He brings the car around front and helps Cathy, Melanie, and Lydia inside, then drives away, parting waves of birds that seem to lie in anticipation of something... Additionally, Goldfinger set the tone for how the secret agent would be introduced before the opening credits — with a teaser showing Bond in mid-mission, which may or may not be unrelated to the main plot of the movie. Mitch quietly enters the garage and turns on the car radio, which reports that bird attacks have occurred further inland, mentioning the town of Santa Rosa, about thirty miles away. The popularity of this car in the film led to the increased inclusion of spectacular gadgetry, including other special vehicles. Here, Hitchcock offers one of the most surreal and apocalyptic scenes to appear on film, as a sea of birds move under a cloudy twilight. The film greatly expands on the idea, with the spy receiving an Aston Martin DB5 with special modifications such as forward right- and left-wing machine guns, anti pursuit devices like an oil slick dispenser and a smokescreen burner, bullet-proof windscreens, telescoping tire slashers, and, most famously, a passenger ejector seat for ejecting unwanted passengers. Realizing that she needs to get to a hospital, he tells the others that they have to leave, and daringly ventures outside to get the car. In the novel, Bond is issued a car with modifications such as revolving license plates, reinforced bumpers, etc.

Unable to fight, she collapses onto the floor, nearly dying before Mitch comes and rescues her. In addition, that same high power laser cannon is used to cut through the door to the main vault at Fort Knox. Birds attack her from all sides as she gazes at a gigantic hole in the ceiling. This scene differs from the corresponding scene in the novel: Goldfinger, using a buzz saw, spared Bond's life, not because of claimed knowledge of Goldfinger's plan, but in acceptance of Bond's offer to work for him. She grabs Mitch's flashlight and carefully examines the rooms, then cautiously treads the stairs, opens a door, and goes inside. The most famous scene in the film — arguably the most famous scene in any Bond film — is Goldfinger's repartee with the recalcitrant Bond tied down in the path of a laser beam:. Later on, Melanie wakes up with the intuition that something is terribly wrong. Bond later learns that Goldfinger's intention is not to steal the gold, a completely unfeasible goal, but to destroy it by detonating a nuclear bomb within the depository and contaminating the United States's gold reserve, thereby increasing the value of his own gold.

The power goes out, and Mitch gets a flashlight from the basement. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Finally, a clamor erupts, and Mitch quickly checks and repairs openings while the rest look on, terrified out of their wits. In the film, James Bond discovers "Operation Grandslam", a plot by Auric Goldfinger and his organization, sponsored by Communist China, to apparently steal the gold from the U.S. In this claustrophobic environment, the four spend hours wondering when the next attack will come. The cinematic version does not follow the plot of Ian Fleming's novel. Cathy, Melanie, Mitch, and Lydia hole up in their house, boarding up all the windows, doors, and openings, with the exception of a single fireplace that has a fire going around the clock. It was reprinted by Titan Books in 2004.

Melanie comforts Cathy and Mitch brings Annie inside, as the afternoon descends into dusk. The adaptation was written by Henry Gammidge and illustrated by John McLusky. Annie lies dead on her porch, while a terrified Cathy uncontrollably sobs. The adaptation ran from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1961. Melanie sets out in search of Annie and Cathy. Fleming's original novel was adapted as a daily comic strip which was published in the British Daily Express newspaper and syndicated around the world. At last, the screeching of the birds comes to an end.
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Finally, Mitch ventures into the storm and brings her back into the pub, where a woman accuses her of being cursed. The secret agent is issued a battleship grey Aston Martin DB3 with lethal accessories, as well as a homing device similar to that seen in the movie, however, Q is not in the book. A dying man leans against the booth, slowly collapsing and leaving a streak of blood on the glass, which begins to crack as birds endlessly peck and fly at it. In terms of gadgets, this Fleming novel is closest to the Bond films technological underpinnings. The local fire department soon arrives to fight the fire and end up fighting the birds instead. Her group, as well as various other mobs including the Spangled Mob from Diamonds Are Forever, attempt to aid Goldfinger in "Operation Grand Slam". From that vantage point, she bears witness to the horrific spectacle as birds rush at her from all angles. In the novel, Pussy Galore is the head of a criminal organization from New York City called the Cement Mixers.

The cries of bystanders are in vain, and a shattering explosion alerts scores of birds, who attack those who rushed out to help the clerk. Melanie runs to assist, but quickly retreats to a phone booth as she is attacked. James Bond, along with Felix Leiter work to prevent the villain from executing his plan, which involves killing the soldiers of Fort Knox with a water-borne toxin and then using an atomic bomb to break into Fort Knox's impregnable vault. A trail of gasoline makes its way down the road, to where a man is lighting a cigarette. bullion depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky, an operation codenamed "Operation Grand Slam". At a pub where a majority of the children have evacuated, Melanie bears witness to the death of a gas clerk across the street after a seagull attacks him. Bond learns that Goldfinger intends to finance SMERSH's schemes by stealing fifteen billion USD worth of gold bullion from the U.S. A flock of crows gather in the playground, and when Melanie evacuates the school, they viciously tear at the children, nearly killing one of them. After Bond returns to London he inquires into the background of Goldfinger to find that he's the world's top gold smuggler, the richest man in England, and after further investigation Bond learns Goldfinger is a communist criminal working as the treasurer for the Soviet assassination agency SMERSH.

After fleeing the scene in a hysteria, Lydia begs Melanie to keep watch over Cathy during school the next day. Du Pont. Lydia drives over to the farmer who sold her the defective chicken feed and discovers a gory corpse with his eyes gouged out. Du Pont suspects Goldfinger of cheating and offers to pay Bond to confirm his feeling. As it turns out Goldfinger is indeed cheating and is shortly foiled and forced to admit he is to Mr. From then on, things go from bad to worse as bird attacks increase, both in scope and in violence. Du Pont from Casino Royale) running into him in Miami and requesting that he sit in on a Canasta game between him and the eponymous villain of the novel, Auric Goldfinger. Terrified guests rush into the house as birds scratch, peck, and bite at them ravenously and without motive. The novel begins in a similar fashion to Moonraker with an acquaintance of Bond (Mr.

All of a sudden, a bird swoops down and switches Cathy on the ear, and an attack on the party commences. At the time, it garnered the highest Nielsen ratings of any film broadcast on television with 49% of all viewers. As time goes on, however, the sound of bird calls grows louder, and a shadowy cloud appears over the festivities. television, which occurred on September 17, 1972 on ABC. A peaceful flock of birds make their way across the clear blue sky as Melanie and Mitch walk along the beach. Goldfinger was the first James Bond film to be shown on U.S. The next day, Cathy hosts a birthday party. In 1964 the novel was adapted into a film by EON Productions and starred Sean Connery in his third appearance as James Bond.

Opening the door, Melanie discovers a dead crow sprawled on the ground. Goldfinger is the seventh novel by Ian Fleming, featuring James Bond, secret agent 007, published in 1959. After dinner, Melanie returns to Annie's house and the two chat about their past, when a thud is heard against the front door. Unfortunately, the tracer was destroyed when Solo was murdered and his body was crushed in a car crusher along with the car he was in. There, his mother, Lydia (Jessica Tandy), argues with someone over the phone that the chicken feed she bought was defective—her chickens wouldn't eat a bite—only to learn that the vendor's own fowl, who had been given a different brand, had the same problem. He later slipped it on to the person of Mr. Solo who was taking his leave from Goldfinger's Fort Knox scheme, hoping that MI-6 could then follow and capture Solo and question him about where he got the device. She then returns to Annie's house, rents out a room for the weekend, and heads over to Mitch's house for dinner. The second, is the smaller, and allows MI6 to track Bond's whereabouts; it is hidden in the secret compartment in the heel of one shoe.

Cleaning up her wounds, Melanie gives Mitch the alibi that Annie was an old friend of hers and she wanted to pay a visit. The first, is the larger, and used by Bond to track the villain's Rolls Royce automobile to his base. On the way back, however, a seagull inexplicably swoops down and claws her. Homer - Bond is issued two homing devices by Q Branch. Then, she travels out by boat and stealthily enters Mitch's house, placing the present in the living room. The Tilly Masterson character drives the then all-new Ford Mustang in a duel with the gadget-laden Aston. When she arrives at the town of Bodega Bay, she seeks out Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), the local teacher, in order to learn the name of Mitch's sister, Cathy (Veronica Cartwright). While being the most recognized Bond car, it's actually only appeared in four films: Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, and Tomorrow Never Dies.

Outside, a flock of pigeons menacingly circle the sky. It was his first car in the films, and is equipped with all of Q Branch's usual refinements (carried from adventure to adventure), including bulletproof front and rear wind screens, oil slick dispenser, smoke screen burner, front wing machine guns, rotating licence plate, and, most famously, the passenger ejector seat, which would again be used in Die Another Day, but in an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. When Mitch reveals after the incident that he knows her as Melanie Daniels, the daughter of a newspaper magnate, and tells her off for being a spoiled prankster, she decides to pay a visit to his house to get back at him and give his sister the lovebirds that he couldn't obtain. Aston Martin DB5 - The most famous of James Bond's company cars. She pretends to be the shopkeeper, showing him various species of birds, until she accidentally lets out a canary. Pussy Galore's Flying Circus. There, she meets Mitch (Taylor), a lawyer that is looking for two lovebirds for his little sister. The Laser Beam.

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This film is notable in that it has no music score per se (other than brief source music); instead a montage of assorted bird calls and sound effects put together by perennial Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann provides the "incidental music". Dawn Raid on Fort Knox. The screenplay for The Birds was written by Evan Hunter, better known as crime fiction novelist Ed McBain. Goldfinger - (instrumental version). (Hitchcock also adapted Du Maurier's novel Rebecca into an acclaimed film) about birds mobbing humans. Gassing The Gangsters. The Birds (1963) is a horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier. Teasing The Korean.

Bond Back in Action Again. Oddjob's Pressing Engagement. Alpine Drive / Auric's Factory. Into Miami.

Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey. Production design by Ken Adam. Cinematography by: Ted Moore. Hunt.

Film editing by: Peter R. Music composed by: John Barry. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman. Produced by: Albert R.

Screenplay by: Richard Maibaum, Paul Dehn. Written by: Ian Fleming. Directed by: Guy Hamilton. Tilly Masterson - Tania Mallet.

Jill Masterson - Shirley Eaton. Pussy Galore - Honor Blackman. Oddjob - Harold Sakata. Auric Goldfinger - Gert Fröbe.

Q - Desmond Llewelyn. Miss Moneypenny - Lois Maxwell. Felix Leiter - Cec Linder. M - Bernard Lee.

James Bond - Sean Connery. ISBN 0685112179 (paperback). ISBN 0142002046 (hardcover, 2002, reprint).

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