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- Forest Whitaker
- Diane Venora
- Michael Zelniker
- Samuel E. Wright
- Keith David
- Michael McGuire
- James Handy
- Damon Whitaker
- Morgan Nagler
- Arlen Dean Snyder
Did You Know?
- The saxophone playing is original Charlie Parker performances. The body and fingering are by Charles McPherson, who had to learn to breathe exactly like Parker did in the recordings.
- When Charlie Parker goes to Dizzy Gillespie's house in the middle of the night and asks Dizzy to write down a tune, the year is 1953. The tune is "Now's the Time", published and recorded in 1945.
- Chan Parker: Dizzy sent you a birthday card. Seems he's back in town. Do you owe him a phone call?
- Charlie Parker: I owe Dizzy everything...except a phone call.
Atom User Reviews
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.
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]