Cinema: Over the Top Birdy

Directed by Alan Parker Screenplay by Sandy Kroopf and Jack Behr

Fish gotta swim, Birdy gotta fly, and his best friend Al gotta love this weirdo--if not till he die, then at least until he is lured out of the catatonic state in which Alan Parker's delirious and challenging movie discovers him.

The immediate cause of Birdy's sorry condition, in a prison-like veterans hospital, was his traumatizing experience in Viet Nam, which was not gentle on Al either. But Al's wounds are merely physical, and his plastic surgery seems to be healing nicely. Birdy's case is altogether more desperate, and the main business of the film is to explore its roots. A...

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