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Director Alan Parker tackles this adapation of William Wharton's novel, which retains much of the source material's texture and complexity. Matthew Modine is Birdy, who comes back from Vietnam mentally shattered and deludes himself into thinking that he is a bird, an animal that has obsessed him since childhood. Birdy is confined to a military hospital, where he spends his time sitting naked in his room, not acknowleding anyone, moving and acting like a parakeet. His best friend Al (Nicolas
Dec 21, 1984 Wide
Feb 15, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Belying the lightheartedness of its title, Birdy is a heavy adult drama about best friends and the after-effects of war, but it takes too long to live up to its ambitious premise.
A trifle self-indulgent -- well, it is directed by Alan Parker -- but never boring
Though largely confined to a military hospital, this post-Vietnam drama is powerfully acted by Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage.
Raising issues about the nature of madness and what constitutes true freedom, this is a curiously arty film from Parker, a frequently unsubtle director, usually so dismissive of any kind of pretension, but a gripping one, nonetheless.
A haunting and unpredictable film that more people need to discover.
There's something truly beautiful about this friendship story, the adaptation is wonderful, the music brilliant, and the ending sublime.
Striking Alan Parker film too often overlooked.
One of those rare movies that successfully brings a psychological novel to the screen without sacrificing its saliency or complexity.
An audacious movie about friendship and survival in a world of varied violations to the human spirit.
A haunting film with fine performances and a great Peter Gabriel score.
Quiet, thoughtful, and really quite touching. Cage and Modine do some great work together. And that Peter Gabriel score!
Audience Reviews for Birdy
- Birdy: [as Al is praising the female bosom] They're just like on a cow, but in a more stupid place.
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