Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie

DVD - 1999
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When rock star Conrad Birdie gets drafted, his manager organizes a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss on The Ed Sullivan show.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1999.
ISBN: 9780767827652
0767827651
Branch Call Number: DVD Bye 7-DAY 1963
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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About teens obsessed with a Elvis-like rock star.

Upbeat musical starring Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margaret in which rock star Conrad Birdie gets drafted, his manager organizes a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss on The Ed Sullivan show.


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ThomasJWhiting
Mar 20, 2018

A bit silly 1963 movie - likely influenced by 1958 drafting of superstar Elvis Presley, but the Conrad Birdie main character was no Elvis - singing or anything else.

C20T11 Mar 07, 2016

Fun Movie.! O the 60's what Great Cars.!

Vincent T Lombardo Feb 27, 2016

The 1963 film, starring Dick Van Dyke and Janet Leigh, is a bit dated, a bit silly, but, overall, cute and entertaining. It has a great cast. However, the 1995 TV movie adaptation, starring Jason Alexander and Vanessa Williams, is much better! The TV movie is more faithful to the play and retains all of the music. (For some inexplicable reason, the 1963 film omitted some of the best songs.) The 1963 film also focussed more attention on the characters Kim and Hugo because they were played by Ann-Margret and Bobby Rydell. The 1995 TV movie, like the play, focusses more on the characters Albert and Rosie.

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rslade
Aug 27, 2014

I'm not sure if this is a classic, because of the inventiveness of it all, or unregarded, since few today have actually seen it. Contains a number of songs you'll recognize. Has some very funny bits, but is definitely odd in places. Terrific production values in a number of the dance routines, with a really cheap set in places. Should be seen by any student of cinema or theatre, but probably won't be universally popular.

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GHN
Aug 19, 2014

In the old day, there was no music auto-arranging equipment, it must be a bit of inventive to orchestrate around the lousy melodies.

Released in 1963 - Bye Bye Birdie's rather silly, but good-natured story was inspired by the sensation caused when Elvis Presley was drafted into the US Army in 1957._____ Elvis Presley, himself, was the first choice for the part of Birdie, but his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, rejected the idea as he didn't want Presley to appear in any roles that were parodies of himself._____ Before the swaggering pop idol, Conrad Birdie is officially drafted into the service he is scheduled by his publicity agent to appear in a final, farewell performance on the ever-popular Ed Sullivan Show. At this gala event he will sing "One Last Kiss" and, then, bestow upon the one, lucky girl (chosen at random), a "symbolic" good-bye kiss at the finale._____ Bye Bye Birdie featured a good cast which included Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, and Bobby Rydell.

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mbazal
Jun 16, 2010

This is such a classic musical! I enjoyed it very much!!

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mbazal
Jun 16, 2010

mbazal thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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mbazal
Jun 16, 2010

None-too-successful songwriter Albert Peterson hatches a plot with his secretary - and long-suffering girlfriend - to get rock-and-roll phenomenon Conrad Birdie to sing one of his songs on the Ed Sullivan show. The pop star would then symbolically kiss goodbye to a young lady chosen at random from the country's womanhood, this being his last appearance before being drafted. Complicated to start with, things get more tricky as everyone including Albert's clinging mother descend on the small town where the chosen girl lives. Even Albert's chemical inventions come in useful.

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mbazal
Jun 16, 2010

"Randolph, your father's warned you. If you make another bomb, you'll get spanked."

"Next time I have a girl, I hope it's a boy."

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