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Bird (1988)

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

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Cast

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Red Rodney
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Buster Franklin
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Brewster
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Esteves
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Young Bird
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Kim
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Dr. Heath
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Moscowitz
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Bellevue Nurse
Glenn Wright ...
Alcoholic Patient (as Glenn T. Wright)
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Patient with Checkers
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Dr. Caulfield
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Storyline

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

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yardbird Suite  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,181,286
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charlie Parker's nickname, Bird, was an abbreviation for "Yardbird". See more »

Goofs

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", published and recorded in 1949. See more »

Quotes

Doctor at Nica's: [while Bird's body is being retired] Charles Christopher Parker, Junior. Preliminary diagnosis: heart attack. Stocky, male, negro. Approximately 65 years of age.
Baroness Nica: [with a sad look] He was 34.
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Connections

References The Jack Benny Program (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Be My Love
Performed by Mario Lanza
Courtesy of RCA Vicotr Red Seal, a Division of BMG Classics
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Something sad, something happy, and long but never boring, it's one of the more honest tributes to a musician in film
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Clint Eastwood's direction was very suitable for the material in this film, dealing with subjects he cares much about (music, loners, risking on the edge), and his handle on Bird, for my money, was wonderful. It's not an easy film to take, and it asks a lot from one in the viewing (it's a big film, with a plot complex, but not confusing, but is rewarding for those with a good interest Charlie Parker and the days of 40's-50's jazz. It's arguable whether there might be flaws in some of the uses of symbolism or bits of dialog in Joel Oliansky's script. But it's strong points - Forest Whitaker's major breakthrough in the title role; the bountiful and superb collection of Parker songs on the soundtrack (with a fine score by Lennie Neuhaus); a keen eye for getting the atmosphere and lighting right by Eastwood - are worth the viewing.

Like most films about musicians with demons in the back of their heads (i.e. Ray, The Doors, even Amadeus), there is a level of possible melodrama that has to be crossed. With Bird, Parker is an interesting subject with this, and is ultimately shown well to be redeemed by the music. Likely to become more appealing, or at least easier to take on a second viewing, Bird is a solid, inspiring movie, with a kind of feeling to it that is unique. A+


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