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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Joel Oliansky (written by)
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Release Date:
30 September 1988 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"There are no second acts in American lives." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Plot:
The troubled life and career of the jazz musician, Charlie "Bird" Parker. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Eastwood proves he's one of America's best directors. Simply brilliant. See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Forest Whitaker ... Charlie 'Bird' Parker

Diane Venora ... Chan Parker

Michael Zelniker ... Red Rodney

Samuel E. Wright ... Dizzy Gillespie

Keith David ... Buster Franklin
Michael McGuire ... Brewster

James Handy ... Esteves

Damon Whitaker ... Young Bird

Morgan Nagler ... Kim

Arlen Dean Snyder ... Dr. Heath

Sam Robards ... Moscowitz

Penelope Windust ... Bellevue Nurse
Glenn Wright ... Alcoholic Patient (as Glenn T. Wright)
George Orrison ... Patient with Checkers

Bill Cobbs ... Dr. Caulfield
Hamilton Camp ... Mayor of 52nd Street
Chris Bosley ... First Doorman
George T. Bruce ... Second Doorman
Joey Green ... Gene

John Witherspoon ... Sid

Tony Todd ... Frog
Jo De Winter ... Mildred Berg (as Jo de Winter)
Richard Zavaglia ... Ralph the Narc

Anna Levine ... Audrey

Al Pugliese ... Owner - Three Deuces
Hubert Kelly ... Wilson
Billy J. Mitchell ... Prince (as Billy Mitchell)
Karl Vincent ... Stratton

Lou Cutell ... Bride's Father
Roger Etienne ... Parisian Emcee
Jason Bernard ... Benny Tate
Gretchen Oehler ... Southern Nurse
Richard McKenzie ... Southern Doctor

Tony Cox ... Pee Wee Marquette

Diane Salinger ... Baroness Nica
Johnny Adams ... Bartender
Natalia Silverwood ... Red's Girlfriend
Duane Matthews ... Engineer
Slim Jim Phantom ... Grainger
Matthew Faison ... Judge
Peter Crook ... Bird's Lawyer
Alec Paul Rubinstein ... Recording Producer
Patricia Herd ... Nun

Steve Zettler ... Owner - Oasis Club
Ann Weldon ... Violet Welles

Charley Lang ... D.J. at the Paramount

Tim Russ ... Harris

Richard Jeni ... Morello
Don Starr ... Doctor at Nica's

Richard Mawe ... Medical Examiner
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Jim Lane ... Reporter at Funeral (uncredited)
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Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Joel Oliansky (written by)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
David Valdes .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green 
 
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas L. Roysden 
John Sweeney (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Glenn Wright (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist
Lola Kemp .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
David Valdes .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
L. Dean Jones Jr. .... first assistant director
Marsha Scarbrough .... second second assistant director
Tena Psyche Yatroussis .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master
Larry Boyd .... set dresser
Judy Cammer .... set designer
Joseph C. Fama .... construction foreman (as Joe Fama)
Bill Gay .... assistant property master (as William D. Gay)
Kelly Hudson .... construction painter
Ronald C. Jacobs .... lead man (as Ron Jacobs)
Bob Lawless .... stand-by painter (as Robert Lawless)
Joe Mendoza .... drapery
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Mark Rich .... assistant property master
Danny Rogers .... graphic designer
Ciro Vuoso .... construction foreman (as Ciro Vuosos)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor
Teri E. Dorman .... sound editor
Jay Engel .... adr editor (as Jay N. Engel)
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Dee Dee Goldner .... assistant sound editor
Robert W. Harris .... cable person
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor
David M. Horton .... sound editor
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound editor
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Walter Newman .... sound editor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Brooke Henderson Ward .... assistant sound editor
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
James Ashwill .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joe Day .... special effects
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process projection (as Bill Hansard Sr.)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Anderson .... additional camera operator
Danny Falkengren .... grip (as Dan Falkengren)
Leroy Hershkowitz .... best boy electric
Norman G. Langley .... camera operator
Bruce Logan .... process photographer
Jack E. McLean Jr. .... electrician
Dennie C. Modes .... playback operator
Hal Nelson .... best boy grip
Víctor Pérez .... gaffer (as Victor Perez)
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, steadicam (as Anthony J. Rivetti)
Rick Robinson .... assistant camera
Charles Saldana .... key grip
T. Daniel Scaringi .... grip
Sidney Sidell .... assistant camera (as Jerry Sidell)
Sabrina Simmons .... second assistant camera
Michael J. Spehar .... electrician (as Mike Spehar)
Tom Stern .... lighting consultant
Sandy Williams .... dolly grip (as Walter L. Williams)
Joseph D. Steuben .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Olivia Harris .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bob Christenson .... wardrobe: men (as Robert Christenson)
Deborah Hopper .... costume supervisor
Nancy McArdle .... wardrobe: women
Alfred Tiegs .... wardrobe: men
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor: men
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
Jack Garsha .... color timer
 
Music Department
Lori Andrews .... musician
Chuck Berghofer .... musician
Ron Carter .... musician
Chuck Domanico .... musician
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Patti Fidelibus .... music contractor
John Guerin .... musician: drums
Donald Harris .... music editor
Charles McPherson .... musician: alto saxophone, "Bird" solos
Lennie Niehaus .... music supervisor
John E. Oliver .... sideline musicians (as John Oliver)
Steve Wax .... music consultant
 
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation coordinator
Randy Luna .... driver
 
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Judie Hoyt .... assistant to producer
Linda Sony Kinney .... production secretary
David R. Lawson .... first aid
Antoinette Levine .... location manager
Michael Maurer .... production accountant
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
Tom Rooker .... production associate
Antoinette Simmrin .... location manager
Sheri L. Calhoun .... assistant stills photographer (uncredited)
Danny Wagner .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Nica De Koenigswarter .... special thanks
Leonard Feather .... special thanks
Dizzy Gillespie .... special thanks
Buddy Jones .... special thanks
Chan Parker .... special thanks
Red Rodney .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
161 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
One of two 1988 movies from Clint Eastwood. The other picture was Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988), also a jazz film, but a documentary, was exec produced by Eastwood.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Bird is reciting the telegram to be sent to Chan, and we see the telegram being printed as he speaks, he says "Forgive me for not being in the hospital with you," but the telegram reads "Forgive me for not being there with you while you were at the hospital."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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Eastwood... A Star (1992) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
April in ParisSee more »

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Eastwood proves he's one of America's best directors. Simply brilliant., 15 November 2004

A dark and atmospheric biopic on jazz legend Charlie Parker, who with his fast improvisational style formed the sub-genre of bebop. Clint Eastwood directed this movie with a heart and passion that reflects back to his own love of the music which he has carried with him all his life and played a role in all his work. Eastwood himself actually was fortunate to have seen Charlie "Bird" Parker play in when he was alive. The film chronicles his life and has a tight focus on his self destructive behavior and the music itself. Bird explores the highs and lows of his journey. Playing to a sold out house in Paris, playing alongside Dizzy Gillespie, and earning a respect that few other musicians have matched. In contrast we see his heroine addiction, his suffering and depression resulting in several suicide attempts, the death of his daughter, and his wife's loving struggle to help save a man who's ill-fate was inevitable and irreversible.

Forest Whitaker plays Bird with a lot of heart and soul. Even though I have no idea if it was an accurate portrayal in capturing the man's nuances, Whitaker's interpretation was superlative. Equally as good was Diane Venora as Bird's wife, who found enough strength for the both of them and tried to hold the family together in an un-winnable battle. There's lots of rain, lots of dark nightclubs, lots of street lamps reflecting the soaked streets, and lots of feeling in this one. Having just watched another biopic, that one on Ray Charles, it's clear to see Eastwood's was the real deal, whereas Ray was merely decent.

Grade: A+

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