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Bird

Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.

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Released: Sep 30th, 1988
Budget: N/A
Revenue: N/A

Bird Main Cast

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Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
plays Charlie 'Bird' Parker
Diane Venora
Diane Venora
plays Chan Parker
Michael Zelniker
Michael Zelniker
plays Red Rodney
Samuel E. Wright
Samuel E. Wright
plays Dizzy Gillespie
Keith David
Keith David
plays Buster Franklin
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Bird is reciting the telegram to be sent to Chan, and we see the telegram being printed as he speaks, he says "Forgive me for not being in the hospital with you," but the telegram reads "Forgive me for not being there with you while you were at the hospital."
  • Movie Goof (anachronisms): 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", which was published and recorded in 1949.
  • Though the actual saxophone playing is original Charlie Parker performances, the body and fingering during those are performed by Charles McPherson, who had to learn to breathe exactly like Parker did in the recordings.
  • Keith David and Forest Whitaker had previously co-starred in Platoon.
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