BIRDY is one of those rare movies that successfully brings a psychological novel to the screen without sacrificing its saliency or complexity.
Although the book by William Wharton is set in the days after WWII, the film has been updated to the post-Vietnam era to tell the story of the deep friendship between Birdy (Modine) and Al Columbato (Cage), a pair of young men whose lives have been scarred by the war experience. Birdy has had an
obsessive affinity for birds since childhood (scenes of which are shown in flashback), but in the period after his wartime service he believes he has actually been transformed into a bird. As a result he is confined to a military ...