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Birdy 1984 R CC

4.5 out of 5 stars (67) IMDb 7.3/10

Academy Award(r)-winner Nicolas Cage (Best Actor, 1995, Leaving Las Vegas) and Matthew Modine star inthis riveting drama about two childhood friends and the physical and mental wounds they suffer in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

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Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage
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2 hours, 0 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Alan Parker
Starring Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage
Supporting actors John Harkins, Sandy Baron, Karen Young, Bruno Kirby, Nancy Fish, George Buck, Dolores Sage, Pat Ryan, James Santini, Maud Winchester, Marshall Bell, Elizabeth Whitcraft, Sandra Beall, Victoria Nekko, Crystal Field, John Brumfield, Joe Lerer, Alice Truscott
Studio TriStar Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Daniel S. Russell on July 31, 2003
Format: DVD
I first saw this film in college, and I have never been able to forget it. Both Cage and Modine give outstanding performances at this early time in both of their careers. The intense and even intimate friendship they share is both touching and inspiring. I wish I were still that close with many of the friends who I thought would be "brothers" of mine forever. I'll admit that I am moved to tears several times in this film after dozens of viewings.
Peter Gabriel's soundtrack is haunting, as are many of the visual images. Yes, it definitely has one of the most "controversial" endings of any film I have ever seen. You and your friends will talk about this one for quite a while! Even if you hate the ending, don't let it ruin the rest of the film.
Spoiler: I think that at the ending Birdy is helping Al understand that his behavior -- flying and catatonia -- haven't been all that strange or even that inappropriate. When Al freaks out over his leap from the roof, he doesn't understand why. He's fine. So he simply says, "What?" It doesn't matter if the hospital orderlies catch them. What matters more is that Al might begin to understand how "normal" Birdy really is.
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Format: DVD
?Birdy? gets my nod as one of the greatest and most compelling movies of all time in so many ways. While it is like many that focus on the effects of the war in Vietnam, this movie is the most unique story of friendship, the effects of military combat, and eccentricity like no other movie of the 1980s or ever for that matter.
Nicholas Cage and Matthew Modine star in ?Birdy? as two lifelong friends from the run-down industrial ghettos of Philadelphia where they have played baseball together and ?Birdy? has had a huge passionate obsession with birds throughout his life and has dreamed of being able to fly like a bird. However, the two friends are recruited into the U.S. Army and are involved in the fighting in Vietnam and when they return, both are horribly scarred. One has suffered physical wounds with face wounds while the other has mental scars (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and being driven mad from the horrors of fighting in Vietnam, has almost withdrawn into his own ?birdland? and acting like a bird and not responding to outside social stimuli. As a result, Birdy has been hospitalized in a decrepit mental institution. Now Al Columbato must try to get his friend Birdy to be able to emerge from his catatonic state if he wants to leave the mental hospital and return to a normal life. During all of this, we can be able to see the flashbacks into Birdy and Al?s past and see how ?bird boy?s? obsession with birds grew increasingly strong and started to strain his social life with his friend and others around him but yet see very compelling acts of bonding between the two unlikely friends and how they?ve gone through so much together even before the war.
The characters are among the most compelling I?ve ever seen in a drama movie ever. This might be considered a ?coming of age?
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Format: VHS Tape
A tremendous film that captures the coming of age of two men, one man who is psychologically mature but socially withdrawn and the other man, his opposite. Together they find and draw strength from each other in order to survive the traumas of their lives, from the simple yet deep traumas of high school to the essential trauma of how does a man survive in a world of death and chaos. Modine and Cage are excellent in these early roles, with Modine especially interesting to watch in comparison to his role in "Full Metal Jacket". Technically, the film is excellent as well with Peter Gabriel's score adding an emotional overlay to key parts of the film. It is hard not to be moved by his score as we look through the bird's eyes in its headlong rush towards death. Those few seconds of film perhaps encapsulate most fully the fate that awaits innocence at the hands of war and the need of every being to seek solace and commiseration from those close to the heart.
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I can't really add much more to the wonderful things already said about this movie, except perhaps to point out some wonderful scenes; like the intense scene where Birdy jumps off a scaffolding, and the quirky scene with Birdy and his date in the car. But, speaking of great scenes (the movie is full of them), by far the best scene in this or any movie ever made, as well as the best ending for a movie came at (what else?) the end. Of course, I'd love to tell you the ending, but that would spoil it for those who haven't seen it. Those who have know what I mean. It's a miraculous look at the lives of two friends, a great character study, and a powerful vehicle for both Modine and Cage. By the way, kudos to Peter Gabriel's musical score, and to the use of La Bamba for the ending, which was so perfect as an end song. Buy it! Rent it! Whatever. Just watch it!
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By A Customer on September 12, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I have to admit, this movie stands out in every way possible of a superb drama, made simply by a quirky plot: A Vietnam soldier (Nicolas Cage) tries to help his non-speaking, bird-loving friend, aptly named "Birdy" (Matthew Modine) get over his traumatic experience in Vietnam, in a mental hospital.
What follows is a complex, strangely fascinating flashback when Birdy and his friend were not in Vietnam and were going on with their lives before Vietnam, after World War II. It leads back to the present, up to a strange, enigmatic ending.
This cinematic masterpiece is terrifically written (which should have won an Oscar for the best screenwriting) and Modine puts on a poignant, fascinating role as a "queer" teenager stripping down and laying on the floor, imagining in his mind, to be a bird. The entire movie is a truly fascinating study of how traumatic experiences can have on veterans.
For all of this, it should have won an Oscar for everything. The cinematography, the best and supporting actors, and best direction, most of all.
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