Charlie Bird Parker had been a hero of Clint Eastwood's since childhood and Eastwood having been disappointed in such jazz biopics as ""Young Man With A Horn"" really wanted to make a true jazz fan's movie about the music. He cast Forest Whitaker as Parker the legendary alto sax player and Diane Venora as Chan Parker's wife. The film shows how Parker a genius who changed the face of modern music was hampered and eventually destroyed by his appetite for women food and drugs. Th
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The short life of legendary 1940s Jazz saxophonist Charlie 'Yardbird' Parker is examined in depth in this film, directed by Clint Eastwood. Forest Whitaker plays Parker, whose own playing dominates the soundtrack. With Diane Verona as Chan Richardson Parker and Michael Zelniker as Red Rodney. The film won an Oscar for its sound.