Birdy

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Birdy ★★★½ 1984 (R)

An adaptation of the William Wharton novel about two Philadelphia youths, one with normal interests, the other obsessed with birds, and their eventual involvement in the Vietnam War, wrecking one physically and the other mentally. A hypnotic, evocative film, with a compelling Peter Gabriel soundtrack. 120m/C VHS, DVD . Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage, John Harkins, Sandy Baron, Karen Young, Bruno Kirby; D: Alan Parker; W: Jack Behr, Sandy Kroopf; M: Peter Gabriel. Cannes '85: Grand Jury Prize.