Bye Bye Birdie [Blu-ray]
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It's got everything:
An Elvis-like rock n' roll sex-machine on a motorcycle, check!
Cold War political satire, check!
A spoof of middle-class American values, check!
Young, gorgeous Ann-Marget, check & check again!
I was born too late to experience this time period & I haven't actually seen the Broadway original from 1960 with Chita Rivera in the Janet Leigh role. But this movie is a fast-paced, witty musical-comedy. I know the 1995 version sticks closer to the original story, but I think that version plays too much into the whole "nostalgia"-thing....an element that was NOT a part of any show actually made back then. That version was also slow & not very funny.
This version is great! A lot has been said about the music, but the comedy hasn't got much attention. The humor manages to be suggestive without being vulgar. It's kind of like reading an old issue of MAD Magazine, but this is acted out!
If you want laughs every second, great songs & great dancing, as well as a humorous glimpse as to what American attitudes were like back then, then this 1963 version is for you!
It's "Honestly Sincere!"
Bye Bye Birdie is about an Elvis-type guy who has just got word that he's being drafted into the army. Because of his popularity as a singer, they decide to run a contest where 1 lucky girl will be chosen to have "one last kiss" with him. Kim wins the contest, and will be given her kiss live on the Ed Sulliven Show (a show that was really popular in the 1950's).
Much of the story surrounds the excitement about Kim winning the contest & the fact that her father and boyfriend don't want the kiss to happen. Will they be able to stop it?
Then there's "Albert" played by Dick Van Dyke - an on & off again songwriter, and his girlfriend "Rosie" who wants nothing more than for Albert to propose to her. Unfortunately, Albert is such a "mommas boy" that he can't seem to make any decisions for himself, and his mother is not about to suggest that he get married and leave her all alone! Will he ever step up and pop the question?
Overall, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys musicals. It will remind you of a much simpler time - with the music and outfits in classic 1950's style. A great movie for "family night"!
A big hit on Broadway, Bye Bye Birdie actually benefits from the Hollywood treatment of expansion and opening out. The energy of the bigger musical numbers is allowed to explode rather than being confined to a stage. Only once or twice are questionable decisions made - the overly cutesy staging of the show's most famous number "Put On A Happy Face" being the prime example. But the rest of the score - the raucous "Honestly Sincere", the hilarious "Kids", the wistful "One Boy", the dynamic "A Lot Of Living To Do" - are nothing but pleasure to watch and listen to.
Dick Van Dyke shows why Bye Bye Birdie made him a star on Broadway. He does it all - singing, dancing, acting, clowning - and he does it wonderfully. Paul Lynde is a riot as a harassed father, Maureen Stapleton is equally funny as an overbearing mother, and Jesse Pearson is both grotesque and electric as Conrad Birdie. Even Bobby Rydell is good...sort of. In what I think was her first major role, Ann-Magret all but steals the picture. Whether being a tomboy, a high school cutie, or a slithering dance floor temptress, she oozes presence and star quality. No wonder they decided to create a title song for her to sing at the beginning and end of the movie - you just can't get enough of her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent adaption of the Broadway sensation with great choreography and a sensational Ann-Margret.Published 4 days ago by Ruben Iglesias
ALL TIME FAVORITE OF MINE. SOO MUCH FUN! I BOUGHT THIS TO SHOW MY GRANDDAUGHTERSPublished 1 month ago by Judy in Sandy
I was disappointed in this film, as I had remembered it as being better, and thought it would appeal to my teenagers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Judyanna