Bye Bye Birdie

Film, Drama
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)

Time Out says

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.

Details

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

Users say (1)

5 out of 5 stars