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R| 2 hr. 41 min.

Plot Summary
Director Clint Eastwood, a noted jazz aficionado, directs this heartfelt study of pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker). Moving forward and backward through Parker's brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist's difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs.

Cast: Forest Whitaker , Diane Venora , Samuel E. Wright , Keith David , Michael McGuire , James Handy , Michael Zelniker , Damon Whitaker

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: Biography, Drama

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Bird (1988)

Release Date: February 2nd, 2003|2 hr. 41 min.

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  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Clint Eastwood remains a competent, rather than distinctive, film maker, but he obviously respects the material. Bird is essentially factual, and we come to understand why so many other musicians thought shooting heroin might enable them to transfer [Charlie Parker]'s genius to themselves. [26 Sept 1988, p. 4D] show more

  • 100
    TV Guide

    n a remarkable directorial effort, Eastwood shows a great flair for atmosphere and composition and presents a nuanced, complex, humane portrait of Parker's talents, obstacles, virtues and failings. Whitaker gives a towering performance as the tortured musical genius, and Venora is equally impressive as the independent, compassionate Chan. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Bird wisely does not attempt to "explain" Parker's music by connecting experiences with musical discoveries. This is a film of music, not about it, and one of the most extraordinary things about it is that we are really, literally, hearing Parker on the soundtrack. show more

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