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Bird (1988)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  30 September 1988 (USA)
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The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chan Parker
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Red Rodney
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Buster Franklin
Michael McGuire ...
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)
George Orrison ...
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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Yardbird Suite  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,181,286 (USA)
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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 »

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At the Jewish wedding, the first shot of the orchestra shows both horns playing. But only the trumpet is heard, the saxophone joins later on. See more »

Quotes

Doctor at Nica's: Dr:
[while Bird's body is being retired]
Doctor at Nica's: Charles Christopher Parker, Junior. Preliminary diagnosis: heart attack. Stocky, male, negro. Approximately 65 years of age.
Baroness Nica: Baroness Nica:
[with a sad look]
Baroness Nica: He was 34.
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Cool Blues
Performed by Charlie Parker, Walter Davis, Jr. (Piano), Ron Carter (Bass),
John Guerin (Drums)
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A saxophonist who truly altered the direction of jazz history with his music…

"Bird" traces the life of Charlie Parker, a 1940's soloist jazz great whose improvisation abilities led him to become one of the most acclaimed figure in his own lifetime… However, his self-destructive behavior and association with drugs and alcohol caused him to die before he could fully comprehend the public appreciation of his genius…

Eastwood worked with a cast of relative unknown stars, and managed to create an entire period piece on the relatively low budget show…

Sensitively acted, visually designed, this dramatic story of the troubled life of a man of tremendous warmth and compassion, Eastwood delivers a compelling portrait of an artist with an ambitious presentation of love including a magnificent score, and stunning sound… (The film's sound captured an Oscar.)

Whitaker gives an excellent performance, with an especially inevitable death scene at the age of 34… Diane Venora is impressive as the wife of this great jazz musician… Their last conversation by phone presented the legend Parker's with his conscientious of his near-death, his lost effort, his feeling of loneliness, but also his kindness, his love, and his care to his entire family… A great scene not to be missed!


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