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Birdy

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alan Parker
Produced by Ned Kopp
David Manson
Alan Marshall
Written by Sandy Kroopf
Jack Behr
William Wharton (novel)
Starring Matthew Modine
Nicolas Cage
Music by Peter Gabriel
Cinematography Michael Seresin
Editing by Gerry Hambling
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) December 14, 1984
Running time 120 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Birdy is a 1984 American film directed by Alan Parker and starring Matthew Modine and Nicolas Cage. It is based on the novel of the same name by William Wharton. The story is about two friends, Birdy (Modine) and Al (Cage), who become friends at school and serve in Vietnam. Birdy already has a disturbing fixation with birds and his Vietnam experiences push him over the edge: when he returns from the war, he is sent to a mental hospital for assessment and his friend Al stays with him to try to reach him before it's too late and he'll be separated from Birdy, leaving him alone and lost inside his mind. The film contains many flashback scenes of their life together as teenagers in 1960s America and their developing friendship and views of life.

The film's soundtrack was written and performed by Peter Gabriel. The music contains some adaptations of tracks on Gabriel's third and fourth albums.

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Critical reception

The film received the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival.[1] Roger Ebert gave the film four stars (out of four) and at Rotten Tomatoes currently (2009) it has a rating of 88% fresh.

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Awards
Preceded by
Diary for My Children
Grand Prix Spécial du Jury, Cannes
1985
Succeeded by
The Sacrifice
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