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Bird
Genre Biography
Running Time 161 min
MPAA rating R (Adult Language, Adult Situations)
Release Date Sep 30, 1988
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Bird

Director Clint Eastwood, a noted jazz aficionado, directs this heartfelt study of pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Forest Whitaker). Moving forward and backward through Parker's brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist's difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs.

Starring
Forest Whitaker Charlie 'Bird' Parker
Diane Venora Chan Parker
Samuel Wright Dizzy Gillespie
Keith David Buster Franklin
Michael McGuire Brewster
James Handy Esteves
Michael Zelniker Red Rodney
Damon Whitaker Young Bird

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