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Story

Based on William Wharton's transcendent novel of the same name, this film is about many things: friendship, war, and, of course, birds. The framing device is an effort by a horribly scarred combat soldier (Nicolas Cage) to break through to his best friend, Birdy (Matthew Modine), hospitalized after seemingly being driven mad by fighting in the Vietnam War. Cage then flashes back to their boyhood, where Birdy, a canary aficionado, was considered the school weirdo but managed to be a solid companion nonetheless. Directed by Alan Parker, it works best as a coming-of-age story, but misses the bizarre psychological transferences of the book, in which Birdy imagines himself within the world of canaries he creates in his bedroom at his parents' house. Modine is fine as an out-of-it misfit enraptured by his own little universe. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Matthew ModineBirdy
Nicolas CageAl Columbato
John HarkinsDoctor Weiss
Sandy BaronMr. Columbato
Karen YoungHannah Rourke
Bruno KirbyRenaldi
Nancy FishMrs. Prevost
George BuckBirdy's Father
Dolores SageBirdy's Mother
Marshall BellRonsky

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Alan Parker
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 120 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 14, 1984
    EuropeMay 22, 1985
    AustraliaSeptember 1985
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 15, 2000
    EuropeApr 17, 2000
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