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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" opened at the Martin Beck Theater on April 14, 1960, ran for 607 performances and won the 1961 Tony Award for the Best Musical. Dick Van Dyke recreated his 1961 Tony Award winning performance for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in this filmed production. See more »


After Albert gives the pet turtle the initial version of the "Speed-Up" drug and the turtle speeds across the floor, then up the steps to the front door, reflections of the teens entering the door can be seen in the glass plate that they used to allow the turtle to get up the stairs. See more »


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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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We Love You, Conrad
("We Hate You, Conrad")
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung a capella by Sweet Apple Girl Teens
Later performed by Ann-Margret, Bobby Rydell, Trudi Ames and the Sweet Apple Teenagers
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More than a musical, it's a celebration of an era!
7 February 2000 | by (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I tend to agree with Alice from Orlando regarding this film. While "Bye Bye, Birdie" is a terrific film with terrific performances, viewed today, it's also a tribute to an era that we'll never get back. I completely agree with those historians who feel that 1953 - 1963, the ten year period between the end of the Korean War and that dark day in Dallas, was the last real "Era of Good Feeling" in American history. By and large, we knew who we were, what we were, and where we were going. Then came political assasination, the "Summer of Love," Viet Nam, Watergate, et. al., and we have a society that's not sure of anything anymore. Happily, there are films like "Bye Bye, Birdie," made during the apex of the 1953-63 period, to remind those of us who came of age during that era what we've lost, and to show those who weren't there what it was like. Would that we all had a Sweetapple, Ohio, to go back to again.

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