Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Forgotten Movies, June 7, 2011-BIRDY
Let us travel back to the days (1984) when Matthew Modine and Nicholas Cage were hot prospects, neither seeming nearly as crazy/creepy as they do today.
Alan Parker made a movie from one of my favorite books by a favorite author, BIRDY by William Wharton.
Two friends, Birdy (Modine) and Al (Cage), become friends at school and serve together in Vietnam. Birdy has a fixation with birds and his Vietnam experiences push him over the edge. Not as bad for a bird as a man.
When he returns from the war, he is sent to a mental hospital and his friend, Al tries to reach him before it is too late. Much of the film is a flashback to their boyhoods.
The music was by Peter Gabriel. He was hot stuff then too.
I have never seen the movie since its original release and wonder if it would work for me at all today. I even wonder if the book would seem quite as magical. William Wharton is a forgotten writer too.
What movie are you afraid to revisit for fear it would prove your taste less than perfect or permanent?
For more forgotten films, check with Todd Mason.