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Michael Zelniker in Bird

Bird

1988 R

Clint Eastwood labored for years to raise the money needed to bring this biography of Charlie Parker to the big screen. Nicknamed "Yardbird," Parker was a virtuoso saxophonist whose innovations revolutionized jazz. Despite his musical genius, Parker was hopelessly addicted to drugs. At the film's center looms the hulking presence of Forest Whitaker, who delivers a great performance in a complex role.

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