Bye Bye Birdie (Widescreen/Full Screen)
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Lots of laughs and great songs have made this all-time favorite based on the hit Broadway show one of the most memorable musicals of all time. When rock star and teenage heart-throb Conrad Birdie gets drafted, the nation's teenagers go haywire and Conrad's manager, Albert (Dick Van Dyke), faces unemployment. So Albert and his girlfriend (Janet Leigh) organize a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss from Conrad on the Ed Sullivan Show. Kim McAfee (Ann-Margret) turns outto be the lucky teenager and Conrad's whole entourage moves into her quiet, Midwestern home much tothe chagrin of her ever irritable father (Paul Lynde) and her jealous boyfriend (Bobby Rydell). Theresult is chaos and a series of hilarious romantic complications.
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.
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It's not the worst movie I ever saw and obviously some people like it but there are so many far better musicals out there and I found this one to be bad enough that I consider it a waste of money and time. I admit that I think my 4-year old girl might like it -- but she would probably like anything with music and colors -- however lame. My 13-year old son enjoyed watching the "I'm sincere" song with me and we (along with my husband) had a good laugh about how AWFUL it was! So, in that respect, the movie delivered some laughs.
If you love Ann-Margret I say get "Viva Las Vegas" instead and don't watch an "Elvis-like" character -- watch the real thing. The energy between Margret and Presley and their dance numbers in that movie are great -- and while that movie is a little corny too, I thoroughly enjoyed it (unlike Bye Bye Birdie).Read more ›
Much more entertaining than the story is the interaction of the characters and this is a musical.
From play to stage this was well done. Dick Vandyke however though this was just vehicle for Ann Margaret. I look on it as the measuring stick by which all other versions, stage or movie are gauged by. I find my self singing many of the songs.
As it turns out the play and the movie are quite different but each ever so enjoyable in their own way. We saw the movie first than the play and it all tied together so well whereas if you have just seen the play it seems to leave questions unanswered and doesn't seem to be "complete".
My family absolutely loves the movie! This movie is honestly my 5 year old little girl's favorite and she knows all of the words to the songs. On the other hand my mother thought it was a blah movie with lame acting--which I did as well when I first saw it.
I think that what changed my mind and why I now truly enjoy the movie now is the songs. There are songs in this movie I have heard all my life such as "Put on a Happy Face" but had no idea where they originated and they do compliment the movie perfectly. I do enjoy the acting of Ann Margaret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh and the rest of the actors as there are some true greats in this movie which make it worth watching just on that merit alone.
The entire movie is filled with humor, great songs, and well it is just plain wholesome fun! I love the movies from the 50's and 60's and "Bye Bye Birdie" is the epitome of what the era was reminiscent of.
It's definately worth seeing-maybe you'll love it or maybe you'll hate it but you'll never know if you don't try!
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Average musical film. Lyrics were a bit simplistic. Predicable plot.Published 24 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
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