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Bye Bye Birdie (1995)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | TV Movie 3 December 1995
Rock-and-roll icon Conrad Birdie is about to go into the Army, and plans are being made to arrange his final going-away concert.

Director:

Gene Saks

Writer:

Michael Stewart (play)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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When heartthrob music star Conrad Birdie heads off to war, a plan is hatched to give one lucky fan a chance to send him off with one last kiss.

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A live production of the Broadway musical, 'Bye Bye Birdie!'.

Stars: Jennifer Lopez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Alexander ... Albert J. Peterson
Vanessa Williams ... Rose Alvarez
Chynna Phillips ... Kim MacAfee
Tyne Daly ... Mae Peterson
Marc Kudisch ... Conrad Birdie
George Wendt ... Harry MacAfee
Sally Mayes Sally Mayes ... Doris MacAfee
Jason Gaffney ... Hugo F. Peabody
Blair Slater ... Randolph MacAfee
Vicki Lewis ... Gloria Rasputin
Brigitta Dau ... Ursula Merkle
Angela Brydon Angela Brydon ... Sad Face Girl
Shelley S. Hunt Shelley S. Hunt ... Alice
Marlowe Gardiner-Heslin Marlowe Gardiner-Heslin ... Suzie (as Marlowe Windsor-Menard)
Brenna Quan Brenna Quan ... Penelope-Ann
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Rock-and-roll icon Conrad Birdie is about to go into the Army, and plans are being made to arrange his final going-away concert.

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TV invites a new generation to fall in love with an old musical See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bye Bye Birdie See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RHI Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Three songs were added for this version not included in any previous one. They include "Let's Settle Down", sung by Rosie to Albert, "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore", Mae Peterson's admonishment to her son, and "A Giant Step", a love song for Albert to Rosie. See more »

Goofs

Albert, Rose and Conrad are shown departing from New York's Pennsylvania Station, in the film a terminal with "head-end" outdoor platforms at the same level as the station lobby. In reality, trains ran through Penn Station with platforms on the lower level. See more »

Connections

Version of Bye Bye Birdie (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

An English Teacher
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Sung by Vanessa Williams
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Watch the original!
27 June 2003 | by AnGeL1286See all my reviews

I have always loved the original movie, but I decided to watch this version to see if this one was nearly as good. Although this version sticks closely to the stage play, and nearly keeps the same script, it is dull and I found myself fast forwarding many slow scenes. If you're going to watch the movie, watch the Ann-Margret version, which is absolutely wonderful. There are many MANY flaws with this one.

1. Could the dialogue scenes be any more boring?? This was not a problem in the original! Even some of the newer songs ("Giant Step", etc. just made it drag!)

2. You would think with Ann Reinking as the choreographer the dances would be brilliant. WRONG! The fast-paced songs consisted of the teens clicking their fingers. That's IT. Sure, sometimes they actually SKIPPED or something but basically songs like "American Boy", "Honestly Sincere", and "Telepone Hour" were standstill numbers.

3. Half the people in this movie can't act OR sing. Which you think would be one of the requirements when you are putting on a movie musical. Especially the females who play Kim and Mrs. MacAfee.

4. Casting Chynna Phillips as Kim was a TERRIBLE mistake. Sure, she's pretty but at the time of filming she was a 27 year old playing a 17 year old, and it shows! And she can't sing or act...and she's one of the leads!! I cringed when she opened her mouth to sing, enough said. This is a minor complaint, but isn't this Hugo just a little TOO cute to play a dorky teen like Bobby Rydell did in the original?

Now to the good parts! Jason Alexander is my new Albert Peterson!! He was BRILLIANT! And Vanessa L. Williams BLEW me away as Rosie!! Thank Goodness the director had some brains casting them!! They were amazing to watch. And even though people have complained about the girl who played Ursula - I thought she was the best teen in this whole movie - especially when she sings "Bye Bye Birdie" . She was a bubbly, obnoxious teen - which is what Ursula should be! That's another problem with this movie - they make the small songs like "An English Teacher" and "Bye Bye Birdie" the hits of the movie and the MAIN songs - well, boring. The last hour or so of the movie they should have cut, it was so boring! And don't even get me started on Conrad! Do they not know he was supposed to be sexy??? Watch the first half hour for Jason and Vanessa - then turn the TV off!!!


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