A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated. He's preoccupied with a career and a mistress, she with a career and caring for ... See full summary »
Philly boys Al and Birdy became friends in high school despite the extreme difference in their personalities, Al being the popular and athletic extrovert, Birdy the antisocial "weird" introvert. Al gave Birdy his nickname because of his fascination - obsession really - with birds, especially with flight. Al and Birdy have just completed their service of duty in the Vietnam War and have returned to the States. Al sustained some serious physical injuries, which required major reconstructive surgery to his face. Birdy, however, returned from Vietnam seemingly emotionally scarred. He was missing in action for one month. He has not spoken since he was found. Despite his own medical issues, Al travels to the institution where Birdy is being kept to see if he can assist in getting Birdy out of his near comatose state. Having always had issues with authority, Al is less than forthright with the doctors about Birdy's mental state prior to the war. As Al tries whatever he can to help Birdy ... Written by
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In a dream, I'm trying to decide what I am. When I sleep I'm giving myself strength. I'm reaching for the force to fly. Perta waits, cups herself to receive me. I hover then lower myself into her. Perta and I become one. I see through her eyes, fly on her wings. I am no longer alone.
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This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's such a great growing-up
buddy flick. Despite the serious subject matter (shell-shocked, catatonic
Vietnam vet in mental hospital), the movie manages to be very light-hearted
for the most part, without discounting the gravity of the situation that the
characters are in. It doesn't seek to use the war as a means of creating the
identities of the characters, the war and the "present situation" in the
film (most of the film is flashbacks) are more background to the story of
two crazy Philly kids growing up together.
The movie is full of laughs that don't occur at the expense of the
characters, but rather, bring you closer to them. I personally identified
with Matthew Modine's character, and found myself laughing in spite of
myself at some of his mishaps and wondering "how did I ever survive being a
Modine plays Birdy flawlessly. His character, while strange, is certainly
believable and definitely likeable. He's like the visionary mystic friend I
never had! Nicholas Cage is equally good as Al, Birdy's more down-to-earth
lady's man friend. Their friendship seems unlikely on the outside, but
powerful and inevitable by the end of the movie.
I think it's strange that some people didn't like the ending to Birdy. I
think it's one of the best movie endings for a buddy film ever. It
accurately reflects the tone of Birdy and Al's relationship more than any
other ending possibly could. It ties their characters in the present in
perfectly with the growing-up characters of the flashback sequences.
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