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22 September 2005 (Australia) See more »
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The true story of a bohemian St Francis and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild red and green parrots
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Remarkable movie about a warm-hearted man See more (46 total) »

Cast

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Mark Bittner ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judy Irving ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Judy Irving 
 
Produced by
Judy Irving .... producer
 
Original Music by
Chris Michie 
 
Cinematography by
Judy Irving 
 
Film Editing by
Judy Irving 
 
Sound Department
Jaime Kibben .... sound recordist
Samuel Lehmer .... sound editor
Samuel Lehmer .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Attwood .... additional photographer
Mark Bittner .... additional photographer
Jacquelyne Cordes .... additional photographer
Howard Munson .... additional photographer
 
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Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer
 
Music Department
Mark Eakle .... musician: flute
 

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83 min
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The flock of wild parrots fly behind the red-tailed hawk in order to escape it.See more »
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Peace of MindSee more »

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55 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Remarkable movie about a warm-hearted man, 6 March 2005
Author: Erewhon from Los Angeles, California

For a number of reasons, there are flocks of parrots in several cities around the USA; these are not native birds, but imports from the tropics. Sometimes people complain about their raucous, noisy behavior, but usually onlookers are charmed by the colorful, intelligent birds.

Even San Francisco has a few of these flocks, one centering on Telegraph Hill. Mark Bittner, a jobless but not irresponsible man living for several years on the Hill became curious about the parrots--mostly cherry-topped conures--and eventually befriended them, spending much of his time feeding the chipper, clever birds.

This movie is really about the man, not the birds, and shows how and why he became so attached to them. Bittner is an intelligent, thoughtful man, and sometimes engages in persuasive self-examination. He talks about particular birds, describing their distinctive traits, and the director uses footage that depicts these traits, winning and otherwise.

It's an oddly fascinating movie, respectful and warm toward the birds and their caretaker--and gradually turns into something even more extraordinary: a love letter to an unusual man. This is very highly recommended.

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