Birdy (1984)




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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
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
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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
James Santini
as Mario Columbato
Robert Ryan
as Joe Sagessa
Chris Taylor
as Helicopter Soldier
Maude Winchester
as Doris Robinson
Marshall Bell
as Ronsky
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
John Brumfield
as Mr. Kohler
Ed Taylor
as Zimmy the Human Fish
Irving Selbst
as Fairground Announcer
Steve Lippe
as Junkyard Proprietor
William Clark
as Policeman on Beach
Priscilla Alden
as Waiting Room Lady
James Pruett
as Emergency Doctor
Howard Kinsley
as Mr. Tate
Guy Jones
as Hospital Orderly
Bud Seese
as Drunk in Jail
Erskine Morgan
as Hospital Orderly
Andy Mark Simpson
as Helicopter Soldier
Maurice Frizzell Jr.
as Nuts-and-Bolts Patient
Michael Runyard
as Stunt Player
Richard Mason
as Injured Soldier
Mic Rodgers
as Stunt Player
Charles Tamburro
as Helicopter Pilot
Michael Shaner
as Veteran
Tim Davis
as Veteran
Harry Hauss
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Birdy

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2008
Top Critic

A trifle self-indulgent -- well, it is directed by Alan Parker -- but never boring

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A very strange and beautiful movie.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Most of Birdy is enchanting.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Though largely confined to a military hospital, this post-Vietnam drama is powerfully acted by Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage.

Full Review… | April 22, 2011

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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2008

Audience Reviews for Birdy

Real great performances by Matthew Modine and Nic Cage (I know right?), the movie however just isn't my cup of tea.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Incredibly touching story about two friends whose lives were destroyed by war. Alan Parker's direction is flawless, as well as the performances and the soundtrack. An emotional roller coaster ride that feels more genuine every time.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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