Birdy (1984)

Director Alan Parker tackles this adapation of William Wharton's novel, which retains much of the source material's texture and complexity. Matthew Modine is Birdy, who comes back from Vietnam mentally shattered and deludes himself… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 21, 1984
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Belying the lightheartedness of its title, Birdy is a heavy adult drama about best friends and the after-effects of war, but it takes too long to live up to its ambitious premise.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Most of Birdy is enchanting.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A haunting and unpredictable film that more people need to discover.

Time Out

A trifle self-indulgent -- well, it is directed by Alan Parker -- but never boring

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Emanuel Levy

Though largely confined to a military hospital, this post-Vietnam drama is powerfully acted by Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage.

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Rob Gonsalves

Movies don't get more emo. But don't hold that against it.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A very strange and beautiful movie.

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Raising issues about the nature of madness and what constitutes true freedom, this is a curiously arty film from Parker, a frequently unsubtle director, usually so dismissive of any kind of pretension, but a gripping one, nonetheless.

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Gregory Weinkauf

There's something truly beautiful about this friendship story, the adaptation is wonderful, the music brilliant, and the ending sublime.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Real great performances by Matthew Modine and Nic Cage (I know right?), the movie however just isn't my cup of tea.
Dean L
Ever feel totally alone...except in your own head? So did Birdy (played by Matthew Modine). Stuck in a world where he feels he does not belong growing up… More
Aj V
This movie has a realistic feel, as it tells the story of two friends, one of which is insane and thinks he's a bird. I saw this on TV the other day, I… More
Cameron Johnson
Though it is an interesting study on the human mind and a slick combination of a variety of genres, the film isn't as special as it promises to be, as it… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Incredibly touching story about two friends whose lives were destroyed by war. Alan Parker's direction is flawless, as well as the performances and the… More
Marcus Woolcott
Okay, you have Modine who loves birds and is so shaken up in 'Nam that he starts acting like a bird. Then you have Cage who's his bestest mate and… More