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Not the best musical but an entertaining movie. Enough star power to make the movie watchable, but the two most appealing things about the movie are Ann Margaret and Janet Leigh, two good enough reasons to watch the movie in the first place.
Bye bye Birdie
- Dashiell Barnes
An instant musical classic. Fine acting from this ensemble, but it's Ann-Margret & Rydell who control the film from start-to-finish. Catchy songs, but the story was awkward at many times throughout. A fun picture inspired by Elvis Presley's draft into the army. I give it a 3.5/5.
Paul Lynde recreates a role he played so well, good music, a funny and fun movie.
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This is what the world looked like before the 60's turned sour.
Now relegated to bad high school productions, this movie wouldn't have been all that bad if it wasn't for the unbelievably irritating performance of Paul Lynde. This man's voice is like fingernails scraping on a blackboard. Fortunately, Conrad Birdie's exit at the end makes up for what I wanted to do to him. And the rest of the cast. Now that I think of it, this movie is awful. It's pretty bad when the most interesting part of a movie is a cameo by Ed Sullivan. Skip it.
- Dave Patterson
Basically an embarrassment. Paul Lynde's version of "Kids" is unbearable.
I looked up some of the songs on YouTube before watching the movie. At first, I thought the songs were very poorly sung and clearly knocking off Elvis. After a couple listens, I really got into the songs (they are very catchy!). I saw Bye Bye Birdie on TCM last month, and I really enjoyed it. It's a very fun movie, definitely not meant to be taken seriously. I love Dick Van Dyke and Ann Margaret. I can't wait to watch it again. I listen to the songs almost every day. I love Telephone Hour, Honestly Sincere, and How Lovely to Be a Woman. Thanks TCM (best channel EVER!)
Great dance #'s. Van Dyke does not quite work in this film. He was realy lucky to land in Mary Poppins. Janet Leigh tried very hard and i liked the black wig but it is A-M's film all the way. Bobby Darin would have made a great Conrad Birdie. If you hate this film at least sit through it to view the last 2 minutes. The cencors obviously were turned on and let this slide by.
Some great music, but a simply horrible movie
This movie is terrible, downright embarrassingly horrible. It is an absurd caricature of life in the 60's, especially of teenagers and rock music. It is a complete farce, along the lines of The Producers, but it is not funny or even whimsical. All of the performances are simply ridiculously overblown. Look up ham in the dictionary and you will see this movie listed. It is a shame, because there are a couple of marvelous musical numbers. So save yourself some pain. Go buy the musical score and pass on the movie.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
- James Higgins
I am not quite sure what it is about this musical that makes it so appealing, but it is. Some catchy tunes help, a great supporting cast as well. Ann-Margret reveals that she has that something special to distinguish her from being just another teen star to standing out and becoming a major star. It's just a fun movie.
Thanks for playing "Bye, Bye Birdie!!
This is a cute film that was a precursor for "Grease". Thank you so much for playing it, you made my day.
Go Go See See Bye Bye Birdie!
A decent Broadway to Hollywood transformation that became a vehicle to launch Ann-Margret and that it did. Check out the last 2 minutes where she belts out the title tune in a very sexy way. Dont know how it passed the censors back in 63? Dick Van Dyke ok but Jack Lemmon or Tony Curtis could have done a lot more. Bobby Darin would have been the ultimare Conrad Birdie
Greatest 60's musical ever made
Paul Lynde's performance is magnicficent camp of the highest order. Dick Van Dyke delivers yet again, and Chita Rivera is sassy and independent. Her hispanic Rosie and her relationship with the Anglo Dick Van Dyke is groundbreaking casting as she is simply a character that happens to be hispanic. The provocative Ann-Margaret and her sweaters, need I say more.An earthshaking film in all respects. This is a fun and fabulous movie that is celebrating it's 45th anniversary this year. Please show it and let us commemorate this piece of nostalgia and art.
- Debbie Ann
Love this movie. Saw it as a kid and would like to see it shown on TCM probably on the weekend. Absolutely the best.
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
One of the best musicals of our time needs to be aired by TCM.