Bye Bye Birdie

  • Film
  • Drama
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One of the more unsung '60s musicals, this is a big, splashy, Broadway-derived mix of boisterous rock'n'roll satire and breezy showbiz formulas. Hip-swivelling singing idol Conrad Birdie (Pearson in a juicy send-up of Elvis-style narcissism) gets drafted into the army, but not before his managers ('oldsters' Leigh and Van Dyke) arrange for him to bestow a last, symbolic kiss on one lucky Middle American Miss (Ann-Margret). Released just months before Kennedy's assassination, this enjoyable timepiece is notable today for its peppy score, energetic dancing, and for having made a star of the extremely nubile Ann-Margret, 22 passing for 16. Her fresh, wholesome eroticism fairly bursts off the screen.

Release details

Duration: 112 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Sidney
Screenwriter: Irving Brecher
Cast: Ann-Margret
Janet Leigh
Dick Van Dyke
Bobby Rydell
Maureen Stapleton
Jesse Pearson
Paul Lynde
Ed Sullivan
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A good classic family singsong dance joyous film. Deffinatly worth the watch, I caught it on BBC2 and didnt stop watching it.