Bird (A Film by Clint Eastwood)

Bird (A Film by Clint Eastwood)
Bird (A Film by Clint Eastwood)
  • R
  • 2h 41m
  • 1988
Fresh80%
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Forest Whitaker stars as brilliant jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker in Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood's homage to Bird's life and genius. Charlie Parker pushes the boundaries of jazz, always ahead of the musical sensibilities of his time--and never willing to compromise his artistry. Wrestling with his twin demons, alcohol and drug abuse, he struggles to gain acceptance for his music. But neither his talent nor the love of his devoted wife, Chan, is enough to save Bird from a tragically untimely death at the age of 34.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Reviews
Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

Sensitively acted, beautifully planned visually and dynamite musically, this is a dramatic telling...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Fresh

At last American cinema has done black music proud. Unforgettable.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin
Fresh

Bird is less moving as a character study than it is as a tribute and as a labor of love. The portr...

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Desson Thomson
Rotten

Whitaker sweats, vomits, blows and wails as the Bird (so named for hanging around jazz clubs like...

June 16, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Release Date:September 30, 1988
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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