Bye Bye Birdie

Musical | In English | 112 minutes

Info

As popular rock ‘n’ roll star Conrad Birdie prepares to go into the Army, Albert Peterson, an unsuccessful songwriter, and his girlfriend, Rosie DeLeon, are hoping Conrad will sing their song when he appears on the Ed Sullivan Show.  As a publicity stunt, Albert and Rosie pick a teenager, Kim MacAfee to run on the stage and kiss Conrad while he’s performing Albert’s song, “One Last Kiss.” Conrad also attracts a swarm of ecstatic girls all swooning over him. As Conrad is about to kiss Kim, her boyfriend, Hugo, is enraged and attacks Conrad. A fight ensues which gives Albert and Rosie the publicity they were lseeking. In the end, Kim and Hugo mend their relationship, Albert and Rosie prepare to get married, and Conrad bids farewell as he heads off to war.

Cast
Dick Van Dyke (Albert Peterson) / Jesse Pearson (Conrad Birdie) / Janet Leigh (Rosie DeLeon) / Ann-Margaret (Kim MacAfee) / Bobby Rydell (Hugo Peabody) / Ed Sullivan (Himself)
Why Stream This Film?
When Elvis Presley was drafted into the Army, teen-age hearts were crushed. And, so, Bye Bye Birdie comes along putting a musical touch to this fictionalized event. It’s a lighthearted and sweet film, a sixties touch that exemplifies the craze for rock ‘n’ roll.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best  Music, Best Sound
  • Golden Globes: Nominated: Best Motion Picture; Best Actress (Ann-Margaret)
Credit George Sidney with directing one of the better fun and frolic tune packages.
VARIETY staff

Variety

Underrated satirical musical that has contributed more to popular culture than many people are aware of.
Kim Newman

Empire Magazine

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