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Bird (1988)

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The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chan Parker
Red Rodney
Buster Franklin
Young Bird
Dr. Heath
Bellevue Nurse
Glenn Wright ...
Alcoholic Patient (as Glenn T. Wright)
George Orrison ...
Patient with Checkers
Dr. Caulfield


Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him. Written by Anonymous

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"There are no second acts in American lives." - F. Scott Fitzgerald


Biography | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yardbird Suite  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)


$2,181,286 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The first Clint Eastwood directed movie to win an Academy Award, and that was one Oscar for Best Sound. Others would follow for Unforgiven (1992) (four), Mystic River (2003) (two), Million Dollar Baby (2004) (four) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) (one). Indeed, Bird (1988) was also the first ever of any of Eastwood's films to win an Oscar. See more »


When Charlie Parker goes to Dizzy Gillespie's house in the middle of the night and asks Dizzy to write down a tune, the year is 1953. The tune is "Now's the Time", which was published and recorded in 1949. See more »


Charlie 'Bird' Parker: There's going to be a Birdland in every city one day. There's gonna be a Birdland in Chicago, a Birdland in Detroit, a Birdland right across the street from Camarillo. I am the liberator of Paris and you are a motherfucking afterthought!
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References The Jack Benny Program (1950) See more »


Ko Ko
Performed by Charlie Parker, Walter Davis, Jr. (Piano), Ron Carter (Bass),
John Guerin (Drums)
Courtesy of S. J. Records/Ed Chalpin PPX
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I really enjoyed this movie.
25 July 2003 | by (Here, VA) – See all my reviews

I. feel that the person that wrote negative things about the movie "Bird" missed the point. He mentioned the fact that the movie didn't go into the interracial marrige of Charlie and Chan Parker. I for one am glad that it didn't. I hate movies that beat the audience over the head with the fact that people can't, won't,and don't except blacks and whites in relationships that are positive. I felt that even though Mr. Parker had an addiction to drugs and had a wondering eye at times, he truely loved his wife. Mrs Parker not only loved her husband the jazz musician but her husband the man and looked out for his well being as best she could. The movie never let me forget that he was an addict but it also showed his genious and creativity. I'd give it a 9 because there was an uneveness about it that made it less than pefect. I truely wished that they had shown more of how he interacted with other greats like Miles Davis and Art Blakey.

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