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Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  27 May 1963 (Brazil)
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A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.



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Conrad Birdie is the biggest rock & roll star of the 60's ever to be drafted. Aspiring chemist and song writer Albert is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend Rosie if he gets Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show to kiss a high school girl goodbye. Albert's mother will do anything to break him up with Rosie. Kim and Hugo, the high school steadies, live in Sweet Apple, Ohio where most of the action takes place. Written by Lisa Grable <>

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Release Date:

27 May 1963 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós, ídolo mío  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| (RCA Sound Recording) (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Columbia Pictures' logo dissolves into animated footage of the lady with a torch character rocking out, one of several films made in the 1960s (Zotz! (1962), Cat Ballou (1965), Strait-Jacket (1964) and, some years later, Thank God It's Friday (1978)) in which the logo was comically altered to fit the theme of the movie. See more »


After Rosie pulls the McAfee family out of the audience at The Ed Sullivan Show, two different shots of the Russian conductor show the McAfees still sitting in the audience. See more »


Randolph MacAfee: I respect ya, Papa!
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Crazy Credits

There is no "The End" credit or cast list at the end of the film. Ann-Margret simply sings an on-screen reprise of the song "Bye Bye Birdie" at the end, and then says " 'Bye, now!". See more »


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Put On a Happy Face
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Dick Van Dyke & Janet Leigh
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Great Fun!
10 October 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

While much of this Broadway hit has been altered for the film version, it doesn't really matter. The theatrical film production of "Bye Bye Birdie", is leaps and bounds of fun, over its stage counterpart (and the wretched TV remake). Every cast member gives it their all, with scene stealing performances from Paul Lynde (from the Broadway cast) and Maureen Stapleton. Dick Van Dyke (from the Broadway cast) and Janet Leigh are wonderful as Albert and Rosie, Bobby Rydell, proves that he can act and dance, as well as sing; but it is Ann-Margret who caused such a sensation, when the film was released. She may not exactly look like any sixteen year old you know, but she's just plain perfect in the role. The musical numbers (choreographed by Onna White), are exceptional. Every one of them is a highlight. This is one of the best screen musicals, ever. Don't miss it!

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