This is the biopic of jazz legend Bird Parker.
Forest Whitaker gives a tour de force performance in the titular role of this biopic. It's a complicated role for Whitaker, filled with moments when he battles segregation with strategic charm and other moments when he's so strung o...
Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood ("Letters from Iwo Jima," "Flags of Our Fathers"), a well-known, long-standing jazz aficionado, delivers a compassionate portrait of jazz visionary Charli... read more
DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
Stats: 270 reviews
Flixster Reviews (270)
November 9, 2012
August 16, 2010
an expertly crafted film. the direction and acting were flawless, and the music was obviously exceptional. my real criticism of the film lies in the choices made in the writing. it seems the film was dominated by parkers personal life rather than his music, and more balance wa...
June 18, 2010
A biopic on Charlie "Bird" Parker, Clint Eastwood crafts this film as a labor of love. His love for Jazz music is apparent with this film, and its a well told and acted biopic. Clint Eastwood has tremendous flair in telling a great story, and he tells Charlie Parker's story with ...
November 22, 2006
Couldn't get into it.
May 23, 2012
I've always been talking about how sudden Clint Eastwood's jump from being a hardcore man's man with no name to a major, kind of sappy dramatic was, but really, I think that this film showed that his transformation was more steady than that, for although this is a drama about a b...
September 20, 2007fb721890245
A far superior performance by Forest Whitaker than his Oscar turn in the Last King of Scotland. If you haven't seen, see it! Not all the great jazz performers survived to a ripe old age.
September 19, 2008
A film that will bring shame to melodramatic Eastwood attempts like Changeling,Million Dollar Baby and overall a brilliant biography of a prolific jazz musician.Moody,plunging in details and yet the culmination in so many viewpoints offers such a joy and pity at the same time,the...
March 23, 2011
Granted this movie moves slow (20 minutes under 3 hours) but Clint Eastwood again makes a dark and sad but terrific movie with great performances from Whitaker and Venora, it's a crime neither of them was nominated for an Oscar for their brilliant work.
November 19, 2007
Forest Whitaker shines in the role of the great jazz saxaphonist Charlie Parker in this film; his genious and talent cannot prevail over his tragic descent into heroin addiction & mental illness. The talented Diane Verona ( Al Pacino's wife in Heat ) stars as well
May 9, 2007
My favorite Clint Eastwood Directed movie, about Jazz Legend Charley Parker, and his degeneration unto death through drug abuse, Parker played by Forest Whitaker in one of the altime great roles in film period.
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