Birdy

United States, 1984

Film
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Adapted from William Wharton’s novel the film is the haunting story of one man’s obsession and another’s stubborn loyalty and support. A young man (Matthew Modine), brought up in poverty, scarred on the battlefield takes refuge in the fantasy of flight. Roaming freely through dreams and reality, against vivid backdrops of back-street Philadelphia and front-line Vietnam, the beautiful, startling photography, atmospheric music by Peter Gabriel and masterful direction of Alan Parker combine to produce an unforgettable and powerful drama that won the Special Jury Grand Prix at Cannes. Also stars Nicholas Cage.

Credits

director

Allan Parker

producer

Alan Marshall

production company

A and M Films

Tri-Star Pictures

Language

English

Duration

01:55:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

37433

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Adaptations

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Insanity

History → History

Literature → American literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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