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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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When heartthrob music star Conrad Birdie heads off to war, a plan is hatched to give one lucky fan a chance to send him off with one last kiss.

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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 <grable@unity.ncsu.edu>

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Comedy | Musical

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27 May 1963 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós, ídolo mío  »

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The motorcycles used in the film are British 750cc Norton Atlas models supplied by Bo Derek's father, Paul Collins. See more »

Goofs

When Rosie originally confronts the Shriners, she twirls her shawl and tangles her hands in the ends. Viewed from the side, her hands are untangled and the shawl hangs freely at her sides. See more »

Quotes

Mae Peterson: I got maybe one tenth a normal heart
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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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Soundtracks

Hymn for a Sunday Evening
(aka "The Ed Sullivan Song")
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Ann-Margret, Paul Lynde, Mary LaRoche & Bryan Russell
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A time and a place that we thought would not end
4 September 1999 | by (orlando, Fl) – See all my reviews

This musical, for those of us who were of the age then, represents a time and a place we thought would not end. Entering our early teens in suburbia, begat of young war veterans, the biggest issues in our lives were those reflected in this film; who pinned who and the adulation of our musical icons. The whole world was Sweet Apple and "someday we would find out this was what life was all about" as Kim sings to a befuddled Hugo. Even nerds could fall in love. And an equal force in our weekly lives was the Sunday ritual of The Ed Sullivan Show. This is a beautiful homage to that world that would end seven months later in Dallas and bring with it the counter culture, riots and Viet Nam. Hard to put on a happy face... But you will with this score. More fifties and Bosa Nova then the hip sixties it is toe tapping and gets under your skin. Worth repeat viewings. And as always "I gotta be sincere..if you feel it in here.." and I still do.


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