Birdy

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7.32h1984R
Birdy comes back from Vietnam mentally shattered and deludes himself into thinking that he is a bird, an animal that has obsessed him since childhood. His best friend Al (Nicolas Cage), also a wounded Vietnam vet, visits Birdy every day, determined to bring him back to reality.
Directors
Alan Parker
Starring
Matthew ModineNicolas CageJohn Harkins
Genres
DramaArthouse
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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Supporting actors
Sandy BaronKaren YoungBruno KirbyMarshall Bell
Producers
Alan Marshall
Studio
Sony Pictures
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

341 global ratings

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wkunertReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
All-region 2019 Powerhouse/Indicator edition of Birdy is the one to get, not the Sony
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I am a huge fan of this film and I've hoped for a comprehensive edition ever since the laserdisc days. The ability to research features on various editions of the same movie is always troublesome here, because all reviews are lumped together. As of 2020, you'll want to order the Blu-ray released November 8, 2019, ASIN: B07GW2PHPH. I wasn't 100% sure when I ordered it that I'd be able to watch it in the USA, but it plays fine on a PS4. Now that Alan Parker has passed away, this 2K transfer that he supervised is likely the best we will ever see, and it includes his audio commentary. It's packed with other extras, and it's limited to 5000 copies. The thick booklet has extensive liner notes. The cover has the dark nude scene with the window, and it's reversible to the white cover art.
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WormboyReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hard to categorize: a movie about youth? About soldiers with PTSD? About a different kid?
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I saw this when it came out and it is interesting to see it again after so long. Strong performances from a young Matthew Modine drive this film. A neat soundtrack by Peter Gabriel also sets the film apart from your typical fare. The only downside is some dialog that is heavy handed: I don't think everything needs to be spelled out for the kind of audience that would watch this to the end. But this film still stands as a unique experience.
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Harold F. DavisReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Birdy flies.
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I had read the book earlier so was anxious to see how it would be presented on screen. I feel it was a good interpretation. Matthew Modine is very believable as Birdy even though he relies on a limited number of emotions. Cage does not fare quite so well. His bond to Birdy is not fully explained and his "bandage" make up is poorly applied. If you have interest in the subject matter you will enjoy the movie. I gave it a high rating despite some disappointments because I appreciate their efforts to deal with a difficult subject.
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R. WalkerReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Breakout Masterpiece for Cage & Modine
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Directed by the great Alan Parker starring the very young Nicolas Cage & Mathew Modine who both give performances that guys twice there age would have found hard to match.

Credit must also go to to Alan Parker who took this literary WWII classic book and with an superb updated screenplay (Now set in Vietnam) makes this amazing, complex story even more accessible to people who don't read classics.

Big Kudos to Peter Gabriel for creating the wonderful hypnotic yet powerful music soundtrack, and the superb cinematography for making this an underrated classic. Remember this was before CGI yet the camera flies like one of the birds.

If you haven't seen the movie grab it cheap used on Ebay or Amazon for $5

It still rings true after all these years. If you don't laugh and cry during this movie you are probably are
1. Retarded or 2. A Sociopath and should seek professional help.
7 people found this helpful
JayceemReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love it
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A fave. Alan Parker is great. Angel Heart was awesome too. Peter Gabriel soundtrack (bought that too!) Love the ending.
2 people found this helpful
Greywolf4554Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
I really like both these guys
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I really like both these guys, but I AM one of those Vets with PTSD and this just doesn't quite explain what goes on...........in my own brain, or others with this issue that I have shared my experiences with.
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J. HortonReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I had never seen it!
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Such a good movie. Really good intro to Nic Cage for younger folk that only know him for his wacky stuff.
BMovieFanReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great and overlooked film
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This is a great movie. Matthew Modine is brilliant and Nic Cage is at his best. Overlooked and forgotten film from the 80s. It is a very different take and perspective on the hardships of veterans upon returning from war.
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