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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 Cage), also a wounded Vietnam vet, visits Birdy every day, determined to bring him back to reality. Birdy is occasionally disjointed but enriched by strong performances from Modine and Cage and a number of hard-to-forget moments. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi


Nicolas Cage
as Al Columbato
Sandy Baron
as Mr. Columbato
Karen Young
as Hannah Rourke
Bruno Kirby
as Renaldi
Nancy Fish
as Mrs. Prevost
Delores Sage
as Birdy's Mother
Dolores Sage
as Birdy's Mother
Robert L. Ryan
as Joe Sagessa
Robert Ryan
as Joe Sagessa
James Santini
as Mario Columbato
Chris Taylor
as Helicopter Soldier
Maude Winchester
as Doris Robinson
George 'Buck' Flower
as Birdy's father
Sandra Beall
as Shirley
Maud Winchester
as Doris Robinson
Crystal Field
as Mrs. Columbato
Joe Lerer
as Military Doctor
Alice Truscott
as Mother on Train
Ed Taylor
as Zimmy the Human Fish
John Brumfield
as Mr. Kohler
Irving Selbst
as Fairground Announcer
Steve Lippe
as Junkyard Proprietor
William Clark
as Policeman on Beach
James Pruett
as Emergency Doctor
Priscilla Alden
as Waiting Room Lady
Guy Jones
as Hospital Orderly
Bud Seese
as Drunk in Jail
Erskine Morgan
as Hospital Orderly
Maurice Frizzell Jr.
as Nuts-and-Bolts Patient
Andy Mark Simpson
as Helicopter Soldier
Michael Runyard
as Stunt Player
Richard Mason
as Injured Soldier
Mic Rodgers
as Stunt Player
Charles Tamburro
as Helicopter Pilot
Tim Davis
as Veteran
Harry Hauss
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Birdy

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Audience Reviews for Birdy

  • Jun 24, 2011
    Though it is an interesting study on the human mind and a slick combination of a variety of genres, the film isn't as special as it promises to be, as it suffers from some underdevelopment, some cheesiness, some overdrawn segments, a cop-out ending and underwhelmingness. Still, it is is supported by very good music, a strong story, compelling characters and a solid final act, in spite of the ending. Still, the real power behind this film is the drama led by Matt Modine and Nick Cage. The film explores a varity of subgenres of drama. The film touches on the friends' coming-of-age, experience in war and the terrible aftermath of this war. The film explores genuine human struggles in many shapes and froms and the transitions feel smooth and don't get in the way of the emotional impact, which still would have been stronger if the rest of the film wasn't executed so underwhelmingly. Oh man, I hate this review. This bad review should tell how underwhelming this is. I was really looking foward to this and yet, here we are. Still, "Birdy", though nothing too special, remains a moving portrait on friendship and the desire for freedom in many situations, led by strong performances from Cage and Modine.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2011
    This movie has a realistic feel, as it tells the story of two friends, one of which is insane and thinks he's a bird. I saw this on TV the other day, I thought the characters were interesting, but the story was slow and boring. Overall it's an okay movie, though.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2009
    It was OK.Something to watch
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2007
    Okay, you have Modine who loves birds and is so shaken up in 'Nam that he starts acting like a bird. Then you have Cage who's his bestest mate and tries to help him out while dealing with his own recollections of the war. It's a good film. Bit weird, but good.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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