Clint Eastwood's moody, evocative direction and Forest Whitaker's strong, sensitive performance are the chief proponents to recommend an otherwise muted biopic of '40s jazz legend Charlie Parker, who fell victim to his chemical excesses and convinced the doctor who pronounced him dead that he was a good four decades older than he actually was. The film doesn't try to assign clear blame for Parker's demons, though the era's racism is addressed unflinchingly. Clearly a labor of love, Eastwood's movie structurally attempts to ape the angular music of bebop itself (there are flashbacks within flashbacks, which gets a little confusing), but doesn't quite capture the smolder of the period. Diane Venora registers strongly as Bird's wife, Chan, the woman who can't rescue Bird from the abyss into which he peers..
Region: Region 1 USA and Canada
Studio: Malpaso / Warner Bros. Video
Drama Documentary/ 1988 / 160 minutes /Color
5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Enhanced Widescreen Version Presented in a Format Preserving the aspect ratio of its original television exhibition
Special Features - Music Only Audiotrack Interactive Menus
- Trailer, Scene Access
-Cast/Director Film Highlights
Languages & Subtitles: English, Francais & Espanol
UPC: 085393 651923
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