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Plot, Details & Awards

Bye Bye Birdie

In Theaters 04/5/1963 , 112min.
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Plot & Details

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 worried about his future as a songwriter. His secretary, Rosie (Janet Leigh in a brunette wig), with whom Albert has long been romantically attached, convinces Albert to write a farewell song for Birdie that he will sing on The Ed Sullivan Show to a specially selected fan. The lucky fan turns out to be Kim McAfee (Ann-Margaret) of Sweet Apple, Ohio. When Birdie arrives in this hick town, the population goes crazy and in the ensuing madness, Albert must deal with the celebrity-fawning population, Kim's manic father (Paul Lynde, also re-creating his Broadway role), and his own domineering mother (Maureen Stapleton), while he loses Rosie to the Shriners.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Charles Rice Nominated
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Score Johnny Green Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated
1963 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Ann-Margret Nominated

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