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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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The Most WONDERFUL Entertainment EVER! EVER! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The motorcycles used in the film are British 750cc Norton Atlas models supplied by Bo Derek's father, Paul Collins. See more »

Goofs

After Albert gives the pet turtle the initial version of the "Speed-Up" drug and the turtle speeds across the floor, then up the steps to the front door, reflections of the teens entering the door can be seen in the glass plate that they used to allow the turtle to get up the stairs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Daly: This is John Daly reporting with the CBS mobile unit in front of the nation's Capitol bringing you special on the spot coverage of our current teenage crisis over the drafting of Conrad Birdie. Sociologists agree that Birdie is a phenomenon. And for those few music lovers who have never attended one of his concerts, here are some news photos tracing his meteoric rise.
[brief satirically humorous montage of female teenage fans swooning over Conrad Birdie]
John Daly: And that, that is our army's ...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Modern Family: Dude Ranch (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Telephone Song
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Performed by Bobby Rydell, Trudi Ames and the Sweet Apple Teenagers
Parts dubbed by an uncredited Jimmy Bryant
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More than a musical, it's a celebration of an era!
7 February 2000 | by BobLibSee all my reviews

I tend to agree with Alice from Orlando regarding this film. While "Bye Bye, Birdie" is a terrific film with terrific performances, viewed today, it's also a tribute to an era that we'll never get back. I completely agree with those historians who feel that 1953 - 1963, the ten year period between the end of the Korean War and that dark day in Dallas, was the last real "Era of Good Feeling" in American history. By and large, we knew who we were, what we were, and where we were going. Then came political assasination, the "Summer of Love," Viet Nam, Watergate, et. al., and we have a society that's not sure of anything anymore. Happily, there are films like "Bye Bye, Birdie," made during the apex of the 1953-63 period, to remind those of us who came of age during that era what we've lost, and to show those who weren't there what it was like. Would that we all had a Sweetapple, Ohio, to go back to again.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Cantonese

Release Date:

27 May 1963 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$13,129,412
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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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