Clint Eastwood brings a lifelong love of jazz to—and won a Best Director Golden Globe Award for—this 1988 story of pioneering jazzman Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, which explores Bird's soaring skill and destructive excess. In his Cannes Film Festival Best Actor performance, Forest Whitaker is a blazing candle in the title role, while Diane Venora shares the light with her New York Film Critics Award–winning role as Bird's wife Chan. Bird's soundtrack, blending Parker solo recordings with modern musicians, was honored with a Best Sound Academy Award.
"Extraordinary. The best American film ever made about jazz."—Newsweek
"Exhilarating! Clint Eastwood's consummate directing and a flawless cast send Bird soaring!"—Gene Shalit