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Birdy (1984)

HD   R Closed Captioning

Alan Parker

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About the Movie

Universally acclaimed for their performances, Nicolas Cage and Matthew Modine star in Alan Parker's "Birdy." Telling the story of an emotionally disturbed Vietnam Veteran, this deeply moving film is based on the fascinating novel by William Wharton.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Most of Birdy is enchanting. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Sep 16, 2008

Fresh: A very strange and beautiful movie. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A trifle self-indulgent -- well, it is directed by Alan Parker -- but never boring – Time Out, Sep 16, 2008

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Customer Reviews


Truly a great.


This is an excellent movie. The way the personality of Birdy and Al are defined is unique. Al, outgoing but insecure (not able to stand against his dad), Birdy introverted but secure of himself, focus, able to defend what he thought was right and proud of his dad. I don't think Birdy should be considered crazy, he had a different perception of what he wanted to do in life and unfortunately got affected by war like a lot of people. His reaction was probably the way to stay sane after what he experienced at war. Excellent movie, I had it in VHS and now was able to watch it again. Peter Gabriel's music, a plus!!

Thought provoking film!

Makes you question our ideas of sanity and insanity, and wonder if maybe, just maybe, we don't have it a little backwards. Great film score from Peter Gabriel, which should have been left intact and not included the Richie Valenzuela. No disrespect to Mr. Valenz intended.

Birdy (1984)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1984

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