The richly textured, though sadly one-sided biography of jazz sax great Charlie Parker, from his rise to stardom to his premature death via extended heroin use. A remarkably assured, deeply imagined film from Eastwood that never really shows the Bird's genius of creation. The soundtrack features Parker's own solos re-mastered from original recordings.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 160 minutes.
Oscars 1988: Sound; Cannes 1988: Actor (Whitaker); Golden Globes 1989: Director (Eastwood); N.Y. Film Critics 1988: Support. Actress (Venora).
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