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|Bye Bye Birdie|
Actors: Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton, Bobby Rydell
Genres: Classics, Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts
This entertaining musical, based on the Broadway hit inspired by the hysteria surrounding Elvis Presley's induction into the army, traces the shock waves a drafted rock & roll star, Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson), creates w... more »
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Philip P. from ST PETERSBURG, FL
Reviewed on 3/23/2009...
It was a very good movie, over all! Ann margaret was phenominal with her out of this world voice,and it was a real rib-tickler. I especially liked it when conrad birdie finally was served a piece of humble pie by that knock-out stud of a boyfriend. In my opinian, I give it an A++!
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I LOVE This Musical!!!
Katie | PA , USA | 08/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I actually played "Kim" in my middle schools rendition of Bye Bye birdie, and since then, this has been my absolute favorite musical of all time - I'm sure this is partly due to my great memories of being in this play, but regardless of that, the songs are great and I love the story line.
Bye Bye Birdie is about an Elvis-type guy who has just got word that he's being drafted into the army. Because of his popularity as a singer, they decide to run a contest where 1 lucky girl will be chosen to have "one last kiss" with him. Kim wins the contest, and will be given her kiss live on the Ed Sulliven Show (a show that was really popular in the 1950's).
Much of the story surrounds the excitement about Kim winning the contest & the fact that her father and boyfriend don't want the kiss to happen. Will they be able to stop it?
Then there's "Albert" played by Dick Van Dyke - an on & off again songwriter, and his girlfriend "Rosie" who wants nothing more than for Albert to propose to her. Unfortunately, Albert is such a "mommas boy" that he can't seem to make any decisions for himself, and his mother is not about to suggest that he get married and leave her all alone! Will he ever step up and pop the question?
Overall, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys musicals. It will remind you of a much simpler time - with the music and outfits in classic 1950's style. A great movie for "family night"!"
Satire, Sex, The Cold War...And Rock & Roll!
Michael A. Quebec | Union City, CA United States | 06/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is an excellent time-capsule for the end of the late '50's/early'60's rock n' roll era. (It came out in 1963, just a few months before the Beatles hit our shores & changed everything forever.)It's got everything:An Elvis-like rock n' roll sex-machine on a motorcycle, check!Cold War political satire, check!A spoof of middle-class American values, check!Young, gorgeous Ann-Marget, check & check again!I was born too late to experience this time period & I haven't actually seen the Broadway original from 1960 with Chita Rivera in the Janet Leigh role. But this movie is a fast-paced, witty musical-comedy. I know the 1995 version sticks closer to the original story, but I think that version plays too much into the whole "nostalgia"-thing....an element that was NOT a part of any show actually made back then. That version was also slow & not very funny.This version is great! A lot has been said about the music, but the comedy hasn't got much attention. The humor manages to be suggestive without being vulgar. It's kind of like reading an old issue of MAD Magazine, but this is acted out!If you want laughs every second, great songs & great dancing, as well as a humorous glimpse as to what American attitudes were like back then, then this 1963 version is for you!It's "Honestly Sincere!""
I love Ann Margret.I love One last kiss &One boy.
Shinichirou Kurihara | Kanagawa pref Japan | 08/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am japanese and can understand English a little.But I can enjoyed this movie very much."