Bye Bye Birdie
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

When a major rock`n`roll star arrives in a small Iowa town for a contest, a local songwriter tires to get him to record one of his songs.

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 4, 1963
DVD Release Date: July 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A poppy satire on pop music, Bye Bye Birdie is silly, light, and very, very pink.

TIME Magazine

[Bye Bye Birdie] had an apple-cheekiness about it on the stage that seems slightly worm-eaten on film, and the result is more goof than spoof.

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DH Joseph
Time Out

This enjoyable timepiece is notable today for its peppy score, energetic dancing, and for having made a star of the extremely nubile Ann-Margret, 22 passing for 16. Her fresh, wholesome eroticism fairly bursts off the screen.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

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

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

For all its annoyances -- and there are many -- the film somehow sears its way into the mind's eye.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Unfortunately, Mr. Sidney and his scriptwriter, Irving Brecher, have allowed the essence of this spirited musical comedy of Michael Stewart to get away from them.

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Tony Sloman
Radio Times

A wonderfully energetic and colourful adaptation of the smash Broadway hit, satirising the traumatic induction of one Elvis Presley into the US Army.

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Variety Staff

Credit George Sidney with directing one of the better fun and frolic tune packages.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

George Sidney's tacky 1963 musical fantasy-satire about the Elvis craze, based on the Broadway show of the same title, isn't exactly good, but if you like what he does with Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh, and pink decor, it's sort of magnificent.

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TV Guide

Innocent-yet-sexy Ann-Margret is perfectly cast as the teenybopper, Van Dyke is winning in one of his few lead feature film roles, and Paul Lynde hilariously conveys a father's inability to understand teenagers and rock music.

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Kevin M. Williams
Elvis Presley came along like a tsunami of social change, the strings on the puppets of popular entertainment not simply apparent but worn and frayed as well.… More
Aj V
This musical is a lot of fun, the songs are great, and the cast is brilliant. This is one of my favourite musicals of the sixties, and I highly recommend it,… More
Christian C
So out-of-date it's hard to relate to anymore, but the ridiculous excess still provides many opportunities for laughter. Much of the music is… More
Devon Bott
Love or hate Ann-Margret, you're going to get a lot of her in Bye Bye Birdie, the 1963 film adaptation of the broadway show. The studio apparently felt… More
Josh Morris
Bye Bye Birdie is a tuneful, engaging, perky, mixed bag of charm and cheesy retro fun. It is not a classic movie musical, its humor is corny, the filming is… More
Mark Hobin
Bright campy musical set in 1958 inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the army. This enchanting adaptation of… More