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When Elvis-like rock & roll star Conrad Birdie is drafted into the military, the teen nation is united by a contest in which the winner bestows a farewell kiss upon their idol while on the Ed Sullivan Show. Ann-Margret (in her film debut) is the lucky little lady from Sweet Apple, Ohio, who wins the contest, much to the chagrin of her steady beau (Bobby Rydell) and miserable parents (Paul Lynde and Mary LaRoche). Dick Van Dyke and Janet Leigh are an older couple kept from marrying by his meddlesome mother, played to the hilt by Maureen Stapleton. Lightweight but fun, this features an exuberant soundtrack with such memorable ditties as "Put on a Happy Face" and "Kids" and the title track. This is a much better choice than the lackluster, 1995 made-for-TV version. --Rochelle O'Gorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Average musical film. Lyrics were a bit simplistic. Predicable plot.Published 13 months ago by Socrates
Although the movie has its moments, it pales in comparison to the television version starring Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams (a version that was, at one time, avaialable on... Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by William Mason
the movie bye bye birdie is a good movie let me just say that . it is funny and charming and all that the big problem i have(juding from the reviews i read im not alone) is thta it... Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by R. RAmbrey
I bought this movie because I generally like Dick van Dyke & I like the song "Put On A Happy Face"--but what a waste of money! Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004 by nothingt5
Portraying the Elvis-like pop singer Conrad Birdie, Jesse Pearson totally NAILED the role. His cocky smile, his stuff-eating grin, his you-gotta-be-sincere passion, his hearty... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by J. Reynolds
I am a "Bye Bye Birdie" convert. I never thought I'd watch this movie. I figured it was campy schlock, something I couldn't possibly enjoy. Read morePublished on April 7 2003 by Sara L. Wilburn