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 »hen he comes to a small town to kiss adoring fan Kim McAfee (Ann-Margret) good-bye on national TV. A fiesty secretary, Rosie DeLeon (Janet Leigh), has put the whole plan in motion, hoping that Birdie will sing a song composed by her beau, Albert Peterson (Dick Van Dyke), enabling Rosie's boyfriend to finally break free of his domineering mother (Maureen Stapleton) and marry her. Meanwhile, Kim's new steady, Hugo (Bobby Rydell), is less than pleased about the spotlighted embrace, as are her parents (Paul Lynde and Mary LaRoche)--at least until they get in on the action too. Ed Sullivan appears as himself, Ann-Margret is her usual perky, gyrating self, Van Dyke amply displays his wealth of talents, and Lynde and Stapleton nearly steal the whole production with their hilarious supporting roles. Director George Sidney, who would soon collaborate with the real King in the Presley tour de force VIVA LAS VEGAS, tightens the Broadway original without losing any of its verve and charm to create a rollicking uptempo joyride through a candy-colored early 1960s pop-culture landscape.« less
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."
How could you not like this movie!?!
Lou | United States | 12/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Bye Bye Birdie" is a classic and refreshing fun movie for all ages. I am only a 14 year old male, but I have amazing respect and love for this movie. Most of you knocking the movie are probally teens also, and probally have just seen the movie recently. I was in LOVE with this movie when i was about 5 years old all the way untill now! The movie was my absolute favorite when I was very young, I can't remember how was introduced to the movie, but I was crazy over it, and my parent's bought me the laserdisk, and just this Christmas they got me the DVD! The movie is such a fabolous fun movie. I remember how much I loved the intro to this movie, with Ann-Margret singing the amazing title track "Bye Bye Birdie". I was always amazed with her Intro and Outro of this movie. I understand the movie is different from the play, and I know thats why most of you don't like the movie. I am also very big into drama and theather, but I have yet to be in a production or seen a production of "Bye Bye Birdie". A local High School around here is doing "Bye Bye Birdie" this spring, which I will love to see. My High school is putting on "The King And I" this spring, which is going to be fabolous, I will be in it. But back to "Bye Bye Birdie"....I feel this movie is just so refreshing, when I am in a bad mood, this movie can definetly make me feel better, the songs are fun and happy, the acting is also great. Ann-Margret's performance was just absolutely outstanding, and Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, and Maureen Stapleton were also fabolous. If I ever have a chance to be in a production of "Bye Bye Birdie", my dream role would be Albert, Dick Van Dyke's part, I would love to play that part. So, I just wanted to say, I am sick of seeing so many people knock this wonderful movie, and I know some of you are probally around my age, and just recently saw it. Like I said before, I have so much respect for this movie, because I've loved it since i was so young, And I know some of you might be shocked, because I am so young, and was not even alive in 1963, and I love this movie so much.The DVD is great, and has some great features, So I suggest you check it out!"
Looking better with each passing year...
Lou | 08/19/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Those of us who love movie musicals have a very tough fact to admit to ourselves: the movie musical is as dead as Elvis, and just as unresurrectable. Therefore, when looking back to those periods of Hollywood history when musicals were made in great abundance, from the 1930s through the 1970s, we begin to see that a lot of those films really were good, and look better all the time. Many of them are so specifically of their period that they become camp, some actually have a longer shelf life than on first glance, and others are just too much for any period, period. George Sidney's 1963 adaptation of the Broadway success BYE BYE BIRDIE falls into the middle category. Jam-packed with talent, colorful, breezy, and fast-moving, it's a really snappy piece of musical entertainment.Yes, it most definitely alters the Broadway material, but the play isn't a sacred cow the way MY FAIR LADY is, for example. The screen adaptation of BIRDIE streamlines the plot, switches the order of the songs, and adds a completely different denouement, all in the cause of quickening the pace, and putting one of its stars, Ann-Margret, front and center. This film is the defining record of when she became a true movie star. Lending their considerable talents on screen are Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh, Bobby Rydell, Maureen Stapleton, and Paul Lynde (plus Ed Sullivan!). The picture fairly zips along, propelled by the sparkling score, and Onna White's kicky dances.The DVD is sharp, clear, and punched up with Dolby Digital sound. This is only fitting in that BIRDIE was the first musical ever to be enlarged from 35mm anamorphic Panavision to 70mm stereo for its initial (non-roadshow) engagements. This fun musical looks better and better all the time."