"Bird" quotes

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The troubled life and career of jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Joel Oliansky
Production: N/A
Year: 1988
MetaScore: 78/100
ImdbRating: 7.1
BoxOffice: $2,181,286
Released: 30 Sep 1988
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. 10 wins & 9 nominations total

43 Clips

Don't talk just tell me the secret - Bird 00:36
Don't talk just tell me the secret
Here we are on the street of dreams Swing's the thing jazz is the king - Bird 00:09
Here we are on the street of dreams Swing's the thing jazz...
I'm not talking about what you do on the bandstand - Bird 00:13
I'm not talking about what you do on the bandstand
Bebop the music of the future - Bird 00:10
Bebop the music of the future
You know where I can get me some stuff - Bird 00:04
You know where I can get me some stuff
Smooth as butter and sweet as a little sister's ass - Bird 00:05
Smooth as butter and sweet as a little sister's ass
You could use a vacation from me - Bird 00:21
You could use a vacation from me
Bebop tends to pervert young minds - Bird 00:12
Bebop tends to pervert young minds
I learned something - Bird 00:10
I learned something
If men could get pregnant how many kids would you have - Bird 00:07
If men could get pregnant how many kids would you have
I don't want to make anybody feel peaceful man - Bird 00:10
I don't want to make anybody feel peaceful man
See I'm getting on right now - Bird 00:33
See I'm getting on right now
No And you knew I wasn't in Philly Everyone knows I lost that gig - Bird 00:15
No And you knew I wasn't in Philly Everyone knows I lost...
Got a gig I gotta go - Bird 00:10
Got a gig I gotta go
You got a woman in there Yeah I got a woman in there - Bird 00:08
You got a woman in there Yeah I got a woman in there
I can't do anything right anymore - Bird 00:05
I can't do anything right anymore
Work that psychology on him - Bird 00:25
Work that psychology on him
Come fill the cup - Bird 00:22
Come fill the cup
Steinberg - Bird 00:14
Steinberg
That was stupid - Bird 00:06
That was stupid
No no See you don't know her You're too young - Bird 00:25
No no See you don't know her You're too young
Western Union - Bird 00:35
Western Union
Junkies dream their lives away - Bird 00:14
Junkies dream their lives away
You know I don't go for that shit you people play - Bird 00:17
You know I don't go for that shit you people play
That way Is that where you lived - Bird 00:25
That way Is that where you lived
When the gig is over you still be scuffling to find the next one - Bird 00:25
When the gig is over you still be scuffling to find the next...
Me and the piano player we got together - Bird 00:36
Me and the piano player we got together
Red you gonna be right down in the funk with us - Bird 00:30
Red you gonna be right down in the funk with us
This is the year I'm supposed to die - Bird 00:04
This is the year I'm supposed to die
It's my wish that you remain my child wife - Bird 00:16
It's my wish that you remain my child wife
We start off with a tour Ten nights 150 per man - Bird 00:19
We start off with a tour Ten nights 150 per man
You know Audrey if we could really hear every sound in the world - Bird 00:23
You know Audrey if we could really hear every sound in the...
I'm going on the road again To Hollywood back with Dizzy - Bird 00:36
I'm going on the road again To Hollywood back with Dizzy
I'm half Jewish and my hero's Duke Ellington I mean wow - Bird 00:05
I'm half Jewish and my hero's Duke Ellington I mean wow
You walked me home - Bird 00:33
You walked me home
I remember when Don Byas was leaving Dizzy's group - Bird 00:22
I remember when Don Byas was leaving Dizzy's group
Brothers - Bird 00:35
Brothers
Here we are - Bird 00:33
Here we are
How come when I'm supposed to hit at 9 30 I hit at 9 30 - Bird 00:37
How come when I'm supposed to hit at 9 30 I hit at 9 30
Dizzy sent you a birthday card - Bird 00:19
Dizzy sent you a birthday card
Ain't it a bitch - Bird 00:33
Ain't it a bitch
There'll be a Birdland in every city one day - Bird 00:17
There'll be a Birdland in every city one day
He lives there - Bird 00:26
He lives there

Cast

Charlie 'Bird' Parker - Forest Whitaker
Chan Parker - Diane Venora
Red Rodney - Michael Zelniker
Buster Franklin - Keith David
Brewster - Michael McGuire
Esteves - James Handy
Young Bird - Damon Whitaker
Dr. Heath - Arlen Dean Snyder
Moscowitz - Sam Robards
Bellevue Nurse - Penelope Windust
Alcoholic Patient - Glenn Wright
Patient with Checkers - George Orrison
Dr. Caulfield - Bill Cobbs
Mayor of 52nd Street - Hamilton Camp
First Doorman - Chris Bosley
Second Doorman - George T. Bruce
Gene - Joey Green
Frog - Tony Todd
Mildred Berg - Jo de Winter
Ralph the Narc - Richard Zavaglia
Audrey - Anna Thomson
Owner - Three Deuces - Al Pugliese
Wilson - Hubert Kelly
Stratton - Karl Vincent
Bride's Father - Lou Cutell
Parisian Emcee - Roger Etienne
Benny Tate - Jason Bernard
Southern Nurse - Gretchen Oehler
Southern Doctor - Richard McKenzie
Pee Wee Marquette - Tony Cox
Baroness Nica - Diane Salinger
Bartender - Johnny Adams
Red's Girlfriend - Natalia Silverwood
Engineer - Duane Matthews
Grainger - Slim Jim Phantom
Bird's Lawyer - Peter Crook
Recording Producer - Alec Paul Rubinstein
Owner - Oasis Club - Steve Zettler
Violet Welles - Ann Weldon
D.J. at the Paramount - Charley Lang
Harris - Tim Russ
Morello - Richard Jeni
Doctor at Nica's - Don Starr
Medical Examiner - Richard Mawe
Parisian - Jules Dean
Reporter at Funeral - Jim Lane
Man in Alley - Stan Rodarte