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The Hairy Bird

DVD cover
Directed by Sarah Kernochan
Produced by Ira Deutchman
Michael Mahoney
Peter Newman
Written by Sarah Kernochan
Starring Gaby Hoffmann
Kirsten Dunst
Lynn Redgrave
Rachael Leigh Cook
Heather Matarazzo
Monica Keena
Merritt Wever
Cinematography Anthony Janelli
Editing by Graeme Revell
Distributed by Miramax Films (USA)
Release date(s) September 4, 1998 United States
Running time 97 min.
Country Italy / Canada / U.S.
Language English

The Hairy Bird[1] (also released as Strike! and All I Wanna Do[2]) is a 1998 film written and directed by Sarah Kernochan. It stars Gaby Hoffmann, Kirsten Dunst, and Rachael Leigh Cook as students of the fictional Miss Godard's Preparatory School for Girls, and Lynn Redgrave as the school's headmistress. The film's setting, in 1963, is based loosely on Kernochan's experiences at Rosemary Hall around that time. Filming was done in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The song "The Hairy Bird" plays during the film's end credits; it was written by Kernochan and sung by a group which includes Kernochan and five of her Rosemary Hall classmates, including Glenn Close.



The first part of the film provides a glimpse into life at an elite New England boarding school in the era between the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the assassination of President Kennedy. Odie (Hoffman) is forcibly transferred by her parents from a co-ed school to an all-girls school. After a brief hazing period, she is welcomed into the DAR (Daughters of the American Ravioli), whose members meet in secret to discuss their future ambitions while eating cold ravioli stolen from the kitchen. When the group finds out their school is going to merge with a boys' academy, factions form and war is declared. The rest of the film deals with their efforts to sabotage the merger.



  1. ^ Australia and Canada English film title
  2. ^ United States new film title

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