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Product Details

  • Actors: Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh, Maureen Stapleton, Bobby Rydell
  • Directors: George Sidney
  • Writers: Irving Brecher, Michael Stewart
  • Producers: Fred Kohlmar
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: July 13 1999
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0767827651
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,440 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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.

Customer Reviews

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I notice that most people did not find the review from "moviesmusic" to be helpful, but in retrospect -- it was the most useful review there (had I only read it BEFORE purchasing this DVD). I love a good musical but I really found this one to be lame. Other than "Put on a Happy Face" and maybe "Kids" -- the songs were nothing special (or worse). I was amazed to see moviemusic's version of the Conrad Birdie song about being sincere because I too found that to be one of the most shockingly awful parts of the movie -- and "moviemusic" reviewer is not lying about the lyrics!
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).
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Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson), a famous self-centered rock and roll star is about to be drafted into the military (shades of Elvis.) A plot/plan to make several people happy and rich is to have Conrad bestow "One Last Kiss" on a randomly chosen young lady from his fan club. The lucky girl is Kim McAfee (Ann-Margret) much to the consternation of her steady boyfriend. This will be done on the Ed Sullivan Show. Many other lives and fortunes revolve around this plan.

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.
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By A Customer on May 5 2004
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I originally bought this movie because our school was going to put on the musical production of "Bye Bye Birdie".
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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"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.Read more ›
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