Bye Bye Birdie
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George Sidney's adaptation of the satiric Broadway musical smash by Michael Stewart, Charles Strouse, and Lee Adams -- about an Elvis Presley-inspired rock star, who is drafted into the army and who creates a near-riot in a small Midwestern town when he stops there for one last publicity junket -- takes good-natured swipes at popular culture, rock n' roll, and American family life. Dick van Dyke re-creates his Broadway role of Albert Peterson, a down-on-his-luck songwriter for the rock-n'-roll idol Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson). When Birdie is drafted into the army, Peterson is… More
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"For all its annoyances -- and there are many -- the film somehow sears its way into the mind's eye."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Sit-com lite."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The cast saves this typical George Sidney tasteless mess."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Anyone allergic to high-fructose corn syrup might do well to stay away, but the winking humor and musical gusto of this pop-artful camp standard-bearer still carry the day. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Very dated musical, but full of energy."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Of all the innocent and innocuous musicals of the 1960's, this goofy one is my favorite."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Fun but dated musical will appeal to parents more than kids."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"Further proof Van Dyke was a true showman."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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