Two friends arrive back from Vietnam, scarred in different ways. One has physical injuries, the other has mental problems that make him yearn to be a bird, a subject he has always been fascinated with.
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Incredibly touching story about two friends whose lives were destroyed by war. Alan Parker's direction is flawless, as well as the performances and the soundtrack. An emotional roller coaster ride that feels more genuine every time.
The movie is full of cliches and weaknesses, but i did like Matthew Modine's performance. I think he's been sadly underestimated as an actor. Contrary to Nicholas Cage, who might be the most overrated ever.
Unbelievable. Parker spends two hours telling us how absent-minded Birdy is. The use of flashbacks wasn't worth at all. When the screenplay doesn't know where to go next, tries to sell us how terrible Vietnam was! It rejects the value of their own story. Didn't connect with Cage nor Modoni. Terrible ending, didn't fit La Bamba with two guys trying to escape..in a story which basically was from a man desiring to Fly!