Bird."> Bird.">
skip navigation
Bird (1988) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Lester Leaps In

title details and video sharing options

  1. now playing

    Bird (1988) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Lester Leaps In

    Director Clint Eastwood fashions an intriguing opening, introducing his star Forest Whitaker, then the first of many performances using original recordings by the subject, Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, in this case a Lester Young number he often played, in the 1988 bio-pic Bird.

    View the TCMDb entry for Bird (1988)


  2. share video
This Month
Jezebel (1938) -- (Movie Clip) He's Always Been Mine
Ex-beau Pres (Henry Fonda) has just returned to antebellum...
Play
Deathtrap (1982) -- (Movie Clip) My Heart Won't Take It
All in good fun, washed-up playwright Sidney (Michael...
Play | SHOP

Deathtrap (1982) -- (Movie Clip) My... All in good fun,... MORE > $18.95 Regularly $21.99 Buy Now

Robe, The (1953) -- (Movie Clip) We'll Both Need Friends
Sent on a hurried mission to Palestine, having offended...
Play
Girlfriends (1978) — (Movie Clip) I Caught The Bouquet
At a party following her roommate’s wedding, struggling...
Play | SHOP

Girlfriends (1978) — (Movie Clip) I... At a party following her... MORE > $10.85 Regularly $17.99 Buy Now

V.I.P.s, The (1963) — (Movie Clip) Through The Common Herd
First scene for top-billed Elizabeth Taylor and Richard...
Play
Where Eagles Dare (1969) — (Movie Clip) I Told Him I Was Himmler’s Brother
Brit Smith (Richard Burton) and Yank Shaffer (Clint...
Play | SHOP

Where Eagles Dare (1969) — (Movie... Brit Smith (Richard... MORE > $9.71 Regularly $14.98 Buy Now

Night Moves (1975) — (Movie Clip) She’s Pretty Liberated
Now in the Florida Keys looking for an LA runaway, private...
Play | SHOP

Night Moves (1975) — (Movie Clip)... Now in the Florida Keys... MORE > $7.46 Regularly $14.98 Buy Now

Band Wagon, The (1953) -- (Movie Clip) Dem Bones Cafe
Michael Kidd choreography, setting designed by Oliver...
Play | SHOP

Band Wagon, The (1953) -- (Movie... Michael Kidd... MORE > $21.95 Regularly $26.98 Buy Now

Seven Days In May (1964) — (Movie Clip) Constitution Of The United States
Impressive graphic defacing of the Constitution and...
Play | SHOP

Seven Days In May (1964) — (Movie... Impressive graphic... MORE > $14.95 Regularly $17.99 Buy Now

Badlands (1973) -- (Movie Clip) Takes All Kinds
More of Holly (Sissy Spacek) narrating, then boyfriend Kit...
Play | SHOP

Badlands (1973) -- (Movie Clip)... More of Holly (Sissy... MORE > $20.97 Regularly $29.95 Buy Now

Point Blank (1967) — (Movie Clip) He Makes My Flesh Crawl
Vengeful Walker (Lee Marvin), after his wife, who betrayed...
Play
In Cold Blood (1967) -- (Movie Clip) Do The Right Thing
Getting to know Dick (Scott Wilson) and Perry (Robert...
Play | SHOP

In Cold Blood (1967) -- (Movie... Getting to know Dick... MORE > $22.95 Regularly $29.95 Buy Now

Cat People (1942) -- (Movie Clip) That's What Makes Me Dangerous
Increasingly troubled newlywed immigrant Irina (Simone...
Play | SHOP

Cat People (1942) -- (Movie Clip)... Increasingly troubled... MORE > $23.96 Regularly $29.95 Buy Now

Clockwork Orange, A (1971) — (Movie Clip) Singin’ In The Rain
Bored hooligans Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and gang (Michael...
Play
Haunting, The (1963) -- (Movie Clip) Scandal, Murder, Insanity
From the credits, spook researcher Dr. Markway (Richard...
Play | SHOP

Haunting, The (1963) -- (Movie... From the credits, spook... MORE > $9.71 Regularly $14.98 Buy Now

Man Who Knew Too Much, The (1956) — (Movie Clip) Que Sera, Sera
Now in Marakesh, the deliberately incidental introduction...
Play
Cleopatra (1963) -- (Movie Clip) I Will Never Be Free Of You
Having been mocked and made drunk at her party, Mark...
Play | SHOP

Cleopatra (1963) -- (Movie Clip) I... Having been mocked and... MORE > $11.21 Regularly $14.98 Buy Now

All This, And Heaven Too (1940) -- (Movie Clip) A Most Attractive Governess
Young Raynard (Richard Nichols) and governess Henriette...
Play | SHOP

All This, And Heaven Too (1940) --... Young Raynard (Richard... MORE > $11.75 Regularly $17.99 Buy Now

Daughters Of The Dust (1991) -- (Movie Clip) Respect Your Ancestors
As the Peazant family enjoys a reunion on St. Simons...
Play | SHOP

Daughters Of The Dust (1991) --... As the Peazant family... MORE > $14.95 Regularly $19.99 Buy Now

Women, The (1939) -- (Movie Clip) Mrs. Prowler
Devious shop-girl Crystal (Joan Crawford) is on the phone...
Play
#
Bird (1988) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Lester Leaps In
Director Clint Eastwood fashions an intriguing opening,...
Bird (1988) -- (Movie Clip) Open, Lester Leaps In
Director Clint Eastwood fashions an intriguing opening, introducing his star Forest Whitaker, then the first of many performances using original recordings by the subject, Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, in this case a Lester Young number he often played, in the 1988 bio-pic Bird.>
Bird - (Original Trailer)
trailer
trailer
Bird - (Original Trailer)
Saxophone great Charlie Parker builds a career in jazz while fighting drug addiction.>
Bird (1988) -- (Movie Clip) Charlie From Just...
Hamilton Camp the glad-handing "Mayor" of Manhattan's West...
Bird (1988) -- (Movie Clip) Charlie From Just Around
Hamilton Camp the hustling "Mayor" of Manhattan's West 52nd Street, meets Keith David as "Buster" Smith (a real person!) who recalls early days in Kansas City with the young Charlie "Yardbird" Parker (Damon Whitaker, nephew of the star Forest Whitaker), in Clint Eastwood's bio-pic Bird, 1988.>
Bird (1988) -- (Movie Clip) He's A Good...
Director Clint Eastwood and writer Joel Oliansky...
Bird (1988) -- (Movie Clip) He's A Good Provider
Director Clint Eastwood and writer Joel Oliansky working from history, saxophone hero Charlie "Bird" Parker (Forest Whitaker) taken to Bellevue Hospital, clashes with a patient (George Orrison), his wife (Diane Venora) and doctor (Arlen Dean Snyder) discuss extreme measures, in Bird, 1988.>
Bird (1988) -- (Movie Clip) I Owe Dizzy Everything
Forest Whitaker the title character, sax player Charlie...
Bird (1988) -- (Movie Clip) I Owe Dizzy Everything
Forest Whitaker the title character, sax player Charlie Parker, with wife Chan (Diane Venora), after his release from hospital following a minor crisis, recalling his obligation to friend and trumpet legend Dizzy "Birks" Gillespie (Samuel E. Wright), in Clint Eastwood's Bird, 1988.>
#

TCM Movie Database

Your destination for exclusive material from the TCM vaults

LEARN MORE >