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Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 27 May 1963 (Brazil)
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A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Michael Stewart (book), Irving Brecher (screen play)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Leigh ... Rosie DeLeon
Dick Van Dyke ... Albert F. Peterson
Ann-Margret ... Kim McAfee
Maureen Stapleton ... Mama Mae Peterson
Bobby Rydell ... Hugo Peabody
Jesse Pearson ... Conrad Birdie
Paul Lynde ... Harry McAfee
Mary LaRoche ... Doris McAfee
Michael Evans ... Claude Paisley
Robert Paige ... Bob Precht
Gregory Morton Gregory Morton ... Maestro Borov
Bryan Russell ... Randolph McAfee
Milton Frome ... Mr. Maude
Ed Sullivan ... Ed Sullivan
Ben Astar ... Ballet Manager
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Storyline

Conrad Birdie is the biggest rock & roll star of the 60's ever to be drafted. Aspiring chemist and song writer Albert is convinced he can make his fortune and marry his girlfriend Rosie if he gets Conrad on the Ed Sullivan show to kiss a high school girl goodbye. Albert's mother will do anything to break him up with Rosie. Kim and Hugo, the high school steadies, live in Sweet Apple, Ohio where most of the action takes place. Written by Lisa Grable <grable@unity.ncsu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Cantonese

Release Date:

27 May 1963 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós, ídolo mío See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,129,412
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (magnetic prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (RCA Sound Recording) (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Adamo, Dick Van Dyke's assistant who frequently had bit parts in DVD's show, was the stage manager who knocked on a door and said "Two minutes, maestro" backstage at the Ed Sullivan Show. See more »

Goofs

Kim says, "I think Harry took the news about Hugo and I awfully well," instead of "about Hugo and me". See more »

Quotes

Albert Peterson: [singing] Oh one last kiss... there never was such bliss... I love your dentifrice!
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Crazy Credits

There is no "The End" credit or cast list at the end of the film. Ann-Margret simply sings an on-screen reprise of the song "Bye Bye Birdie" at the end, and then says " 'Bye, now!". See more »


Soundtracks

The Shriner's Ballet
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Janet Leigh, along with the Shriners
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Single best reason to watch
8 June 2010 | by t_k_matthewsSee all my reviews

It's not the amiable performance of Dick Van Dyke, emerging as a star.

It's not the fresh-from-the-shower Janet Leigh as Rosie.

It's not the pretty good Broadway score.

It's not the always-funny Paul Lynde, leering and lavender, an unlikely mouthpiece for the eternal frustrations of fatherhood. (Kids! I don't know what's wrong with these kids today!)

It's certainly not the hokey and unconvincing and undangerous Elvis/Conway Twitty rock'n'roller who looks like he just came from a gig at the used car lot.

And it's not the silly subplots involving Russians and amphetamines and Ed Sullivan (although nice to see the wooden, totemic variety show host reanimated again.)

It is, of course, Ann-Margaret, impossibly young and beautiful.

But let's be more specific. It is not her sinfully delicious performance generally.

It is this: Ann-Margaret, alone before a backdrop, singing the theme at the very beginning and end of the movie. It is Ann Margaret fired up with sensual energy and burning through a song that is not inherently sexy.

Oh, Lord: righteous.

I was 13. I saw the movie, but *experienced* Ann-Margaret's opening and closing.

I've never recovered.


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