6.6/10
5,952
90 user 20 critic

Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

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

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screen play)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Music Man (1962)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

Director: Morton DaCosta
Stars: Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
Bye Bye Birdie (TV Movie 1995)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Rock-and-roll icon Conrad Birdie is about to go into the Army, and plans are being made to arrange his final going-away concert.

Director: Gene Saks
Stars: Jason Alexander, Vanessa Williams, Chynna Phillips
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova
Gypsy (1962)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden
Certificate: Passed Biography | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of the great sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who rose to fame while dealing with her love/professional rival, Frank Butler.

Directors: George Sidney, Busby Berkeley
Stars: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.

Director: Gene Kelly
Stars: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford
Oklahoma! (1955)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with a violent ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson
Bye Bye Birdie Live! (TV Movie 2017)
Musical

A live production of the Broadway musical, 'Bye Bye Birdie!'.

Stars: Jennifer Lopez
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Mary LaRoche ...
Michael Evans ...
Claude Paisley
...
Bob Precht
Gregory Morton ...
Maestro Borov
Bryan Russell ...
Milton Frome ...
Mr. Maude
...
Ben Astar ...
Ballet Manager
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

kiss | song | ohio | songwriter | secretary | See All (83) »

Taglines:

The Most WONDERFUL Entertainment EVER! EVER!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

27 May 1963 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós, ídolo mío  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Harry McAfee (Paul Lynde) pulls into his driveway, it is actually the driveway of the house next door on the old Columbia lot where two years later he was playing Uncle Arthur on the Bewitched (1964) series. See more »

Goofs

After singing the final line of "One Boy," Rosie sits down on the balcony steps and wraps her arms around a support post. As the camera pulls away near a tree branch, the film cuts to a different take and Rosie's hands aren't in the same position as they were a split second before. See more »

Quotes

Hugo Peabody: [singing] You don't know how to live? You'd get pinned if you could!
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Gaos (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

One Last Kiss
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Jesse Pearson
Reprised by Jesse Pearson on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Still a happy, sun-filled, delightful musical after all these years.

Some will bicker that the film version bears little resemblance to the original stage musical and those who do may now compare the film with the 1995 made for TV version which strictly adheres to the stage libretto, contains all the songs plus some new ones, and lumbers rather than levitates. Still the 1963 film version delights and truly moves with youthful energy. Only eleven of the sixteen original songs are used but a new title tune is added to bring the bag up to an even dozen. Perfect casting prevails with Van Dyke, relatively an unknown then, repeating his stage role in his first feature film, Janet Leigh a perfect Rosie, and Ann-Margret in her star-making, breakthrough role (her third film appearance)the perfect Kim. Add to this the hilarious support of Paul Lynde and Maureen Stapleton and you have non-stop delight. The songs are all well performed and the plot elements never get in the way of the fun. In the original stage play the Ed Sullivan fiasco (without a Russian in sight) ended Act One. Act Two primarily consists of Albert trying to win Rosie. The film producers, rightly aiming the film version at the youthful audience, kept them in center stage and shunted Albert and Rosie to the background, building up the Ed Sullivan pressure to the end of the film - a much better choice. And who will ever get over that incredible opening with Ann-Margret in gold lighting against a blue screen singing the title song. Still gives me goose bumps. One of the screen's best musicals and best musical adaptations.

The songs: (BYE BYE BIRDIE, WE LOVE YOU CONRAD, THE TELEPHONE HOUR, HOW WONDERFUL TO BE A WOMAN, HONESTLY SINCERE, HYMN FOR A SUNDAY EVENING, ONE BOY, PUT ON A HAPPY FACE, KIDS, ONE LAST KISS, ROSIE).

One question though - with Rita Moreno fresh from her Oscar winning performance as Anita in WEST SIDE STORY, why didn't the producers cast her as Rosie - they make Janet Leigh up to look like Moreno's Anita, don't they? Just a thought.


28 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?