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The Blue Bird (1976)

A pair of peasant children, Mytyl ( Patsy Kensit ) and her brother Tyltyl ( Todd Lookinland ), are led on a magical quest for the fabulous Blue Bird of Happiness (Nedezhda Pavlova) by the ... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Maurice Maeterlinck (play), Hugh Whitemore (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Mother / Witch / Light / Maternal Love
Jane Fonda ... The Night
Cicely Tyson ... Tylette
Ava Gardner ... Luxury
Todd Lookinland ... Tyltyl
Patsy Kensit ... Mytyl
Will Geer ... Grandfather
Mona Washbourne ... Grandmother
Robert Morley ... Father Time
Harry Andrews ... Oak
George Cole George Cole ... Tylo
Richard Pearson ... Bread
Steven Warner ... Children of the Future
Monique Potter Monique Potter ... Children of the Future (as Monique Kaufman)
Russell Lewis Russell Lewis ... Children of the Future
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Storyline

A pair of peasant children, Mytyl ( Patsy Kensit ) and her brother Tyltyl ( Todd Lookinland ), are led on a magical quest for the fabulous Blue Bird of Happiness (Nedezhda Pavlova) by the Fairy Berylune. On their journey, they are accompanied by the humanized presences of a Dog, a Cat, Light, Fire (Yevgeni Shcherbakov), Bread (Richard Pearson), and other entities. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

A cavalcade of magic. A carnival of fun. The Blue Bird is magic for everyone.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Columnist Rex Reed was a visitor to the trouble-plagued set. Upon greeting Dame Elizabeth Taylor for the first time, Reed asked Taylor how she was holding up under pressure. "I've been through it all, baby", she told him. "I'm Mother Courage." See more »

Quotes

Tylette: I love you both as much as you deserve.
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User Reviews

 
Don't skip this one based on press.
24 January 2013 | by rd1485See all my reviews

I watched this last night, taped it off a TCM showing. This film is a lot better than reviewers said. I'd say it's a must-see for Elizabeth Taylor fans. She obviously enjoyed her roles. Patsy Kensit is simply adorable in this. The film has deep, yet surreally portrayed concepts involving life and death, sin and love. Certainly perfect for young children with a strong moral philosophy. The story is fantasy, some sets are better than others, it's all very colorful and has an early 19th century feel. If you are a student of set construction, choreography, ballet in film, or escapes to alternate realities, you will enjoy this perhaps more than you think you should.


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Country:

Soviet Union | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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