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The troubled life and career of jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker (Forest Whitaker).


  • Forest Whitaker
  • Diane Venora
  • Michael Zelniker
  • Samuel E. Wright
  • Keith David
  • Michael McGuire
  • James Handy
  • Damon Whitaker
  • Morgan Nagler
  • Arlen Dean Snyder

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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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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]

Metacritic review by Mike Clark
Mike Clark
USA Today