Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie
Bye Bye Birdie
  • G
  • 1h 52m
  • 1963
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Lots of laughs and great songs have made this all-time favorite based on the hit Broadway show one of the most memorable musicals of all time. When rock star and teenage heart-throb Conrad Birdie gets drafted, the nation's teenagers go haywire and Conrad's manager, Albert (Dick Van Dyke), faces unemployment. So Albert and his girlfriend (Janet Leigh) organize a nationwide contest in which one lucky girl wins a farewell kiss from Conrad on the Ed Sullivan Show. Kim McAfee (Ann-Margret) turns out to be the lucky teenager and Conrad's whole entourage moves into her quiet, Midwestern home much to the chagrin of her ever irritable father (Paul Lynde) and her jealous boyfriend (Bobby Rydell). The result is chaos and a series of hilarious romantic complications.
© 1963 renewed 1991 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A poppy satire on pop music, Bye Bye Birdie is silly, light, and very, very pink.
TIME Magazine

[Bye Bye Birdie] had an apple-cheekiness about it on the stage that seems slightly worm-eaten on f...

June 25, 2017
Variety Staff

Credit George Sidney with directing one of the better fun and frolic tune packages.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
DH Joseph

This enjoyable timepiece is notable today for its peppy score, energetic dancing, and for having m...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther

Unfortunately, Mr. Sidney and his scriptwriter, Irving Brecher, have allowed the essence of this s...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Fun but dated musical will appeal to parents more than kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 1963 movie musical is rated G, but the adolescent-hormone focus of the plot may not be as age-appropriate for early-elementary-aged kids. There's nothing overt or explicit, but the amount of innuendo and the emphasis on high-school romances and celebrity crushes would probably earn this musical a PG rating now. There's some innuendo that will go over little kids' heads -- teenage girls swooning, screaming, and literally fainting in the presence of an attractive singer. Close-up shots of the singer's Elvis-style pelvic-thrusts and references to going steady, kissing, and engagement are prevalent throughout the movie. Otherwise, there's little that parents need to think twice about in the high-school musical.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:April 4, 1963
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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