Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

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A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted.


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  • Ann-Margret in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  • Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  • Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  • Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  • Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  • Janet Leigh and Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

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20 August 2002 | marknyc
Hollywood makes a Broadway classic its own
The vitriol below from fans of the Broadway original is absurd. Yes, this is not a filmed version of the stage play - GET OVER IT! What we have is a funny, smart, classic film musical that gets virtually everything right. Dick Van Dyke reprises his Broadway role while at the peak of his career, Paul Lynde gives his best film performance, Maureen Stapleton milks her part for all it's worth, and Ann-Margret is simply astounding! The only casting error is Janet Leigh - but they needed a name, since everyone else in the cast was unknown at the time. While Leigh gives a solid performance, songs had to be cut since she could sing only with difficulty. But this is a minor flaw - everything else about this film is spot on, as demonstrated by the sad effort to redo it for TV in 1995. It captures the era perfectly - of course, it's dated: it's about America in the early 60s! If it wasn't dated, it wouldn't work! So if you haven't seen it, get it - I just watched in in NYC's Bryant Park with thousands of jaded New Yorkers, and it won over that audience completely. Enjoy!

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