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Plot: Philly boys Al and Birdy became friends in high school despite the extreme difference in their personalities, Al being the popular and athletic extrovert, Birdy the antisocial "weird" introvert. Al gave Birdy his nickname because of his fascination - obsession really - with birds, especially with… Runtime: 120 min Release Date: 21 Dec 1984
The interplay of an extrovert and an introvert is both hilarious and an intriguing psychological study. (by Pelrad)
Many critics rated this as one of the most overlooked films of the mid-eighties. The film has moments of deep seriousness blended with killer humour. The interplay of an extrovert and an introvert - the different ways that they think and react to situations - is often hilarious. The film can also be regarded as an intriguing psychological study, as Cage tries every technique his fast-paced mind can think of to snap his introverted friend out of his acute mental state - a condition caused by witnessing the horrors of warfare. It is extremely interesting to see what works in the end. <more>
Modine's physically-challenging performance is top-notch. Contains a great Peter Gabriel soundtrack as well. Although not to everyone's taste, I, for one, liked the "gag" ending. 10 out of 10
Best Alan parker film. two great players play as two great friends in this movie about friendship. a must see movie for anyone who like Alan parker Midnight express films. i don't understand why most of the people give this movie 8 i gave it 10. a most beautiful extraordinary film. most recommended to people who liked Midnight express or the wall. a masterpiece with directing of Alan parker and starring by Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage. one of the two stars first films. a great 80's movie. one of three masterpieces of Alan parker midnight express, Birdy and the wall . this is <more>
really pity that this amazing movie gets only 7.2 when it should be with the top 250.
When Did They Stop Making Movies Like This? (by nirvan-psychology)
If ever I needed convincing that Nicholas Cage is a great actor and human being, it is in this role and the brilliant performance of Birdie himself. If ever good can be portrayed as coming out of bad, it is the deeply moving message and point of making a movie like this. Who needs convincing that war is evil, that life is cruel and that love conquers all its madness? Who can even begin to understand the torment of post-traumatic stress? Those who perpetrate suffering not only to humans but animals alike can never have the empathy that defines us as human. On many levels, the story and how it <more>
is told, speaks to the heart and we weep in sympathy for the pain of those who suffer whether from mental illness, bullying or the unspeakable abuses of war. Where have all the great movie makers like Alan Parker gone? There is nothing but fake, shallow and profit orientated products that mirror the fake, shallow and insecure "virtual" relating that goes on today. For that I weep. It has created a hunger deeper than that suffered from starving Biafra.
Brilliant story of friendship, and a journey into madness (by Megabuck)
Birdy is a difficult film to describe. It's about the developing friendship between Al Nick Cage and Birdy Matthew Modine , but it's also about a descent into madness, and the lengths to which Al goes for his friend.The film starts in the late 60's, in a US military mental hospital. Cage has been seriously wounded, and has had reconstructive surgery on his face, but he's been brought in because Birdy is here. He's uncommunicative and appears to recognise no one, spending all day squatting on the floor of his cell squinting up at the window.The story is mostly told in <more>
flashbacks, either Al recounting incidents in their growing friendship as neighbourhood kids or, later, Birdy remembering other incidents. From the start the two are pretty dissimilar - Al is athletic, outgoing and popular while Birdy is quiet and introverted - a typical nerd. The two are, paradoxically, brought together by Birdy's love of birds, and the stupid things they do - making suits out of pigeon feathers to befriend more pigeons, climbing on and falling off factories trying to capture more birds.Al tries to set Birdy on a 'normal' track; they buy a wrecked car and fix it up, and head off to the beach. But Birdy is just too wrapped up in himself for this to work, and it's a wonder he doesn't alienate Al with his strange behaviour.In the 'present', the doctor is putting more pressure on Al to get Birdy to respond; if he doesn't, then Birdy will be written off and sent to a permanent mental institution. The flashbacks continue, and it becomes clear that Birdy's love of birds has turned into an obsession, and then into the darker realms beyond that.The final few minutes of the film cover a lot of ground; Al finally realises that Birdy is pretty well off the deep end; they both go off to fight in the war; Al gets his injury, while we see the incident that left Birdy in his present state. Meanwhile the doctor finally decides that time has run out, but Al decides he's not leaving.The ending of the film is incredibly powerful, and it should be a criminal offence to give it away. Is it 'appropriate' to the rest of the film? I dunno - but I thought it was pretty damn good.The film stands or falls on the performances of Cage and Modine - and, for me, it stands tall. Cage is excellent in his role, capturing the bravado of his character perfectly; but Modine is simply brilliant. During the flashbacks he portrays his nerdy character completely believably, but it's the way he handles the scenes in the asylum that amazed me. As soon as you know his obsession, it is crystal clear that he's not squatting in his cell, but perching, wishing to fly.Alan Parker has made some great films; this might just be his best.
Has Been Overlooked For Too Long: (by Galina_movie_fan)
"Birdy"is an outstanding character study with a well-written script that was directed by a very talented director Alan Parker of "Pink Floyd The Wall", "Midnight Express", "Mississippi Burning", and "Angel Heart" . Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage both gave unforgettable performances in this dark, disturbing yet somehow uplifting story of two friends from South Philadelphia, Al Cage and Birdy Modine in the performance that easily could be one of the best ever given by any actor on screen and sadly has been overlooked for too long . Birdy is <more>
an innocent and odd young man who has been always fascinated by birds and wanted to learn to fly. Both friends had to take a traumatic tour of duty in Vietnam that affected them tremendously both physically and mentally. The film is not about Vietnam, though it is a brilliant story of friendship and how far Al would go for his friend. The film has one of the most original and surprising endings ever.
A rare & beautifully sensitive movie... (by inframan)
Birdy portrays the dreams and affections of boys and young men with a rare veracity, particularly for a film made in the US. It depicts a deeply textured friendship and the obsessive vision of one of the friends with enormous depth, texture, honesty, beauty and....dare one say it, sensitivity and becomes, in its way, a direct descendant of Huckleberry Finn. The acting of Nicolas Cage and especially Matthew Bodine is nothing short of brilliant. This is the only time I can remember preferring the movie to the book.
"Birdy" flies away into cinematic greatness (by dee.reid)
I was flipping through the channels one quiet evening at home when I stumbled across this picture, "Birdy." To some, the character Birdy Matthew Modine has an unnatural and quite unhealthy obsession with birds. Well, he spends most of his time with birds, has dreams of flying away from his real-world troubles, and his only friend is a neighborhood tough named Al Nicolas Cage . So because of his obsession with birds, Birdy has to be crazy, right? So is Al even crazier for befriending him well, isn't he?It is these questions and many more that make up the central theme of <more>
Alan Parker's superb 1984 drama "Birdy" adapted from William Wharton's novel , a film about two crazy guys whose friendship is ultimately tested by each other's mental sicknesses. Both of their lives take drastic turns before and after they have done tours in Vietnam, and ultimately wind up in opposite ends of the psyche ward of a state mental hospital, with Al, who's been left virtually unrecognizable by his facial bandages and Birdy, who's stuck in a catatonic state as a result of an accident out on the killing fields.It is also the feelings of isolation between the two that brings them together, as flashbacks during their stay help to emphasize their emotions. Birdy, feeling like he is the only one that understands his bird "dream," may in actuality be the only "sane" character in the whole film. Al, who is injured from a shell explosion, questions who he is because he's not even sure who it really is underneath the bandages on his face. And it is liberation, whether it be physical or mental, that is expressed greatly by the film's ending, and Birdy's eventual coming to grips with his own current predicament.Director Parker has always made it a point of capturing human suffering on celluloid, and this has been the main subject in a number of his films, including "Midnight Express" 1978 and "Angel Heart" 1987 . Here, his subject matter is fairly lighter than those films, since the audience is spared the really intense mental anguish that accompanied "Express" and the graphic carnage of "Angel."There's a kind of deep spiritual undercurrent flowing through "Birdy," which is most apparent by the lead character's fascination with his quarry birds. To him, birds represent freedom, a kind of freedom that can only be obtained by literally taking to the skies, and soaring high above all his problems fans of Terry Gilliam's political satire "Brazil" should take notice here . This of course leads to the film's profound ending on the mental hospital's rooftop, where Al and Birdy must make a desperate choice choose freedom, or choose confinement of the body, or of the psyche.I won't reveal any more than those close details but you'll have to see what happens for yourself. It really caught me off guard and in a lesser movie might seem tacky, but the way Parker and the actors handle just makes the on-screen action that much more moving. But you can be sure of this: Birdy flies. And "Birdy" does fly into underrated classic movie status because of its performers and director Alan Parker's direction.10/10
Modine and Cage really capture the effect that life's stresses, like war, can have on a person. Columbato is able to help his friend come back from the dark place that war has sent him. This is an early glimpse at what a good actors both men evolved into. And the end is wonderful!
Slow paced but great ending (by Angeneer)
Although I understand it somehow underlines the main idea behind this movie, I think they should make it a little faster. It becomes tiring without justifying its tempo completely. Nevertheless, the last minutes are a great climax and make the movie worth seeing for. Additionally, Modine and Cage give us two very solid performances.