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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.

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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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Gross USA:

$13,129,412
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Supposedly at a dinner party celebrating the completion of the film, either Maureen Stapleton or Paul Lynde (the story would make sense featuring either of them) stood up and said, "Ann-Margret, I want you to know that I'm the only person who worked on this film who doesn't want to [have carnal relations with] you. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Harry McAfee: Nice? Heh HEH! I know that show business crowd - probably living in sin.
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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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Referenced in Mork & Mindy: Three the Hard Way (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Birdie
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Ann-Margret before the title credits, with Johnny Green and the Columbia Studio Orchestra and Chorus
Reprised by Ann-Margret in the finale
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A time and a place that we thought would not end
4 September 1999 | by 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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