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After two friends return home from the Vietnam War one becomes mentally unstable and obsesses with becoming a bird.

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Birdy
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Al Columbato
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Doctor Weiss
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Mr. Columbato
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Hannah Rourke
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Renaldi
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Mrs. Prevost
George Buck ...
Birdy's Father
Dolores Sage ...
Birdy's Mother
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Joe Sagessa (as Robert L. Ryan)
James Santini ...
Mario Columbato
Maud Winchester ...
Doris Robinson (as Maude Winchester)
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Ronsky
Elizabeth Whitcraft ...
Rosanne
Sandra Beall ...
Shirley
Victoria Nekko ...
Claire
Crystal Field ...
Mrs. Columbato
John Brumfield ...
Mr. Kohler
Joe Lerer ...
Military Doctor
Alice Truscott ...
Mother on Train
Ed Taylor ...
Zimmy The Human Fish
Irving Selbst ...
Fairground Announcer
Steve Lippe ...
Junkyard Proprietor
William Clark ...
Policeman on Beach
James Pruett ...
Emergency Doctor
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Waiting Room Lady
Howard Kinsley ...
Mr. Tate
Robert Diamond ...
Maloney
Bud Seese ...
Drunk in Jail
Ray Pili ...
High School Band
Lawrence J. McKenna ...
High School Band
David Kuhn ...
High School Band (as David W. Kuhn)
Kevin P. Kuhn ...
High School Band
Ronald Distefano ...
High School Band
Larry Hochman ...
High School Band
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Hospital Orderly
Erskine Morgan ...
Hospital Orderly
Ramona Bajema ...
Girl on Train
Maurice Frizzeli Jr. ...
Nuts and Bolts Patient (as Maurice Frizzell Jr.)
Donald Sims ...
Nuts and Bolts Patient
Richard Mason ...
Injured Soldier
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Helicopter Pilot
Richard Holley ...
Helicopter Pilot (as Rick Holley)
Harry Hauss ...
Helicopter Pilot
Mark Simpson ...
Helicopter Soldier
Clark Taylor ...
Helicopter Soldier
Michael Shaner ...
Veteran
Tim Davis ...
Veteran
Bird No. 9 ...
Perta
Alfonso ...
Himself
Hobbie ...
Cat
Sneaky ...
Dog
Willey ...
Dog
Ace ...
Dog
Prince ...
Dog
Tiger ...
Dog
Bo ...
Dog
Budah ...
Dog
Chiggar ...
Dog
Tyko ...
Dog
Kelly ...
Dog
Red ...
Dog
Fantasy ...
Dog
Scooter ...
Dog
Jonathan ...
Seagull
Monty ...
Snake
Horatio ...
Jungle Bird
No's. 1 to 84 ...
Pigeons
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David B. Benton Jr. ...
Boy playing basketball on the street (uncredited)
Dennis Erectus ...
Veteran (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alan Parker

Written by

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William Wharton ... (based on the novel by)
 
Sandy Kroopf ... (screenplay) &
Jack Behr ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Ned Kopp ... associate producer
David Manson ... executive producer
Alan Marshall ... producer

Music by

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Peter Gabriel

Cinematography by

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Michael Seresin ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Gerry Hambling

Editorial Department

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Daniel Candib ... assistant editor
Richard Hymns ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

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Geoffrey Kirkland

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W. Stewart Campbell ... (as Stu Campbell)
Armin Ganz

Set Decoration by

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George R. Nelson

Costume Design by

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Kristi Zea

Makeup Department

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John Caglione Jr. ... special makeup (as John Caglione)
Barbara Kelly ... makeup artist
Paul LeBlanc ... hairdresser (as Paul Le Blanc)

Production Management

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Nancy Giebink ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tom Davies ... second assistant director
Chris Soldo ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Rodney Armanino ... construction best boy
Robert Bovill ... draughtsman
Richard W. Clot ... construction foreman (as Rich Clot)
Roger Dietz ... set artist
Margery Z. Gabrielson ... painter (as Margery Gabrielson)
John Gorham ... graphics
Dale Haugo ... paint coordinator
John A. Kelly ... painter (as John Kelly)
Tom Sindicich ... construction coordinator
Michelle Souza ... assistant props
Anthony Tortorice ... assistant props
Don Watson ... lead man
Aaron Zajac ... assistant props
George Zimninsky ... property master
James Klotsas ... pictures vehicles (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Clive Barrett ... assistant sound editor
Danny Benson ... boom operator
Leonard Green ... assistant sound editor
David Grimsdale ... footsteps editor
Stephen Janisz ... assistant sound editor (as Steve Janisz)
Eddy Joseph ... sound editor
David MacMillan ... sound recordist
Marty McGee ... cable operator
Ray Merrin ... assistant sound mixer
Peter Pennell ... sound effects editor
Bill Rowe ... re-recording mixer
Jeremy Strachan ... assistant sound editor

Special Effects by

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Cliff Wenger ... special effects
Eric Roberts ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Costas Charitou ... opticals: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
David Smith ... optical cameraman (uncredited)

Stunts

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M. James Arnett ... stunt coordinator (as James Arnett)
Queepers ... stunts: Perta
Mic Rodgers ... stunt player
Reid Rondell ... stunt player
Michael Runyard ... stunt player

Camera and Electrical Department

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Maurice Beesley ... best boy
Don Biller ... assistant cameraman: Local 644 (as Donald Biller)
Peter Bloor ... chief electrician
David L. Butler ... aerial cameraman (as David Butler)
Ted Churchill ... Steadicam operator
Joseph F. Coffey ... cameraman: Local 644 (as Joseph Coffey)
Harold Cole ... grip
Robert Corso ... grip
Jan d'Alquen ... cameraman: Local 659
Alan R. Disler ... first assistant camera (as Alan Disler)
Brad Edmiston ... steadicam assistant (as Bradford Edmiston)
Gary Gill ... key grip
Jon Guterres ... camera grip
Charlie Hammerschmitt ... Steadicam operator
Douglas C. Hart ... steadicam assistant (as Douglas Hart)
Kerry Hayes ... still photographer
Robert Hillman ... camera operator: Local 659
Alec Hirschfeld ... camera operator: Local 644
Marc Hirschfeld ... assistant cameraman: Local 644
Doug Hunt ... assistant cameraman: Local 659 (as Douglas Hunt)
Adam Kimmel ... Steadicam assistant
Mark Ludwig ... second assistant camera
Larry McConkey ... steadicam operator
Donna Morrison ... assistant camera: second unit
Terry Morrison ... camera operator: second unit
Ralph Nelson ... still photographer (as Ralph Nelson Jr.)
Scott Rathner ... second assistant camera
Mike Roberts ... camera operator (as Michael Roberts)
Frank Strzalkowski ... best boy
James Wise ... electrician
Michael Meier ... electrician (uncredited) / lighting technician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Lisa Clarkson ... extras casting
Ellen Lewis ... assistant casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mark Burchard ... costumer
Judy Feil ... assistant costume designer
Molly Maginnis ... assistant costume designer
Mary Elizabeth Still ... costumer (as Mary E. Still)

Location Management

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Steph Benseman ... location coordinator
Rory Enke ... location manager
Dick Gros ... location auditor
Michael Waxman ... location coordinator

Music Department

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Larry Fast ... special musical contributor
John Hassell ... special musical contributor
Daniel Lanois ... music co-producer
Tony Levin ... special musical contributor
Jerry Marotta ... special musical contributor
David Rhodes ... special musical contributor

Transportation Department

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Ed Arter ... transportation coordinator
Michael Brum ... transportation captain (as Mike Brum)
Paul Cimino ... transportation captain
Andrew Mendez ... dispatcher (as Andy Mendez)
Michael W. Broomer ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Christine Baer ... production assistant
Brett Barclay ... craft service
Thomas 'Doc' Boguski ... production assistant (as Tom Boguski)
Janice Clark ... assistant auditor
Kathryn Colbert ... production assistant
Josephine Cornell ... first aid (as Josie Cornell)
Michael DeMay ... production assistant (as Michael De May)
Gary Gero ... bird trainer
Monica Goldstein ... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Peter Govey ... titles
Tom Gray ... unit publicist
Robert Harman ... flying effects
Mark Jackson ... assistant animal trainer
Gwen Johnson ... assistant animal trainer
Ken Johnson ... ornithopter
George Krafft ... police coordinator
David Lamb ... unit coordinator
Donna Lindemann ... production secretary
Maureen Murphy ... production secretary
Larry Payne ... assistant animal trainer
Ron Phipps ... financial controller
Tracy Rosenthal-Newsom ... production assistant (as Tracy Rosenthal)
Gilly Ruben ... assistant: Mr. Parker
Sally Sherwin ... assistant: London office
Alice Tompkins ... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Philly boys Al and Birdy became friends in high school despite the extreme difference in their personalities, Al being the popular and athletic extrovert, Birdy the antisocial "weird" introvert. Al gave Birdy his nickname because of his fascination - obsession really - with birds, especially with flight. Al and Birdy have just completed their service of duty in the Vietnam War and have returned to the States. Al sustained some serious physical injuries, which required major reconstructive surgery to his face. Birdy, however, returned from Vietnam seemingly emotionally scarred. He was missing in action for one month. He has not spoken since he was found. Despite his own medical issues, Al travels to the institution where Birdy is being kept to see if he can assist in getting Birdy out of his near comatose state. Having always had issues with authority, Al is less than forthright with the doctors about Birdy's mental state prior to the war. As Al tries whatever he can to help Birdy using tools from their shared history prior to the war, he deals with his own post-war mental state. Written by Huggo

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Taglines A soaring experience unlike anything you've ever seen before. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Alas de libertad (Mexico)
  • Birdy - Le ali della libertà (Italy)
  • Μπέρντι, ο Ανθρωπος Πουλί (Greece)
  • Birdy, o anthropos pouli (Greece)
  • Paukštelis (Lithuania)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $13,720, 25 Dec 1984

Did You Know?

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Trivia Nicolas Cage had two teeth removed (without anesthetic) for this role. See more »
Goofs Al calls Birdy "Al" (11:08) See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015). See more »
Crazy Credits Animals: Perta ... Bird No. 9 Perta's Stunts ... Queepers Alfonso ... AS HIMSELF Cat ... Hobbie Dogs ... Sneaky, Willey, Ace, Prince, Tiger, Bo, Rudah, Chiggar, Tyko, Kelly, Red, Fantasy, Scooter. Seagull ... Jonathan Snake ... Monty Jungle Bird ... Horatio Pigeons ... No's. 1 to 84 See more »
Quotes Birdy: There's nothing in my life to keep me here anymore. I wish I could die and be born again as a bird.
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