Bye Bye Birdie (1995)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  3 December 1995 (USA)
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Rock-and-roll icon Conrad Birdie is about to go into the Army, and plans are being made to arrange his final going-away concert.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Mayes ...
Jason Gaffney ...
Blair Slater ...
Gloria Rasputin
Brigitta Dau ...
Ursula Merkle
Angela Brydon ...
Sad Face Girl
Shelley S. Hunt ...
Marlowe Gardiner-Heslin ...
Suzie (as Marlowe Windsor-Menard)
Brenna Quan ...


Rock-and-roll icon Conrad Birdie is about to go into the Army, and plans are being made to arrange his final going-away concert.

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3 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós Birdie  »

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The first adaptation to include the title song as part of the story (a group of teenage girls sing it near the beginning as a farewell to Conrad Birdie). The song is not part of the original Broadway score and was added for the 1963 film. In that version, Ann-Margret sang the song as a prelude and reprised it as the film ended. See more »


Albert, Rose and Conrad are shown departing from New York's Pennsylvania Station, in the film a terminal with "head-end" outdoor platforms at the same level as the station lobby. In reality, trains ran through Penn Station with platforms on the lower level. See more »


Version of Bye Bye Birdie (1963) See more »


A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by Tyne Daly
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Watch the original!
27 June 2003 | by (Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

I have always loved the original movie, but I decided to watch this version to see if this one was nearly as good. Although this version sticks closely to the stage play, and nearly keeps the same script, it is dull and I found myself fast forwarding many slow scenes. If you're going to watch the movie, watch the Ann-Margret version, which is absolutely wonderful. There are many MANY flaws with this one.

1. Could the dialogue scenes be any more boring?? This was not a problem in the original! Even some of the newer songs ("Giant Step", etc. just made it drag!)

2. You would think with Ann Reinking as the choreographer the dances would be brilliant. WRONG! The fast-paced songs consisted of the teens clicking their fingers. That's IT. Sure, sometimes they actually SKIPPED or something but basically songs like "American Boy", "Honestly Sincere", and "Telepone Hour" were standstill numbers.

3. Half the people in this movie can't act OR sing. Which you think would be one of the requirements when you are putting on a movie musical. Especially the females who play Kim and Mrs. MacAfee.

4. Casting Chynna Phillips as Kim was a TERRIBLE mistake. Sure, she's pretty but at the time of filming she was a 27 year old playing a 17 year old, and it shows! And she can't sing or act...and she's one of the leads!! I cringed when she opened her mouth to sing, enough said. This is a minor complaint, but isn't this Hugo just a little TOO cute to play a dorky teen like Bobby Rydell did in the original?

Now to the good parts! Jason Alexander is my new Albert Peterson!! He was BRILLIANT! And Vanessa L. Williams BLEW me away as Rosie!! Thank Goodness the director had some brains casting them!! They were amazing to watch. And even though people have complained about the girl who played Ursula - I thought she was the best teen in this whole movie - especially when she sings "Bye Bye Birdie" . She was a bubbly, obnoxious teen - which is what Ursula should be! That's another problem with this movie - they make the small songs like "An English Teacher" and "Bye Bye Birdie" the hits of the movie and the MAIN songs - well, boring. The last hour or so of the movie they should have cut, it was so boring! And don't even get me started on Conrad! Do they not know he was supposed to be sexy??? Watch the first half hour for Jason and Vanessa - then turn the TV off!!!

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