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The Big Year (2011)

 -  Comedy  -  14 October 2011 (USA)
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Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition.

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In birding, a Big Year is seeing or hearing as many different species of birds as possible in a calendar year. Three men pursue the Birder of the Year title: Kenny Bostick, who's seen a record 732 in a past big year, Stu Preissler, newly retired, and Brad Harris, who narrates the story. Life gets in the way: Bostick's wife wants a baby, Stu's firm needs him for sensitive negotiations, and Brad, divorced and underemployed at 36, has an encouraging mom and a disapproving dad. They criss-cross the continent (including a trip to Alaska's westernmost island), follow migration patterns, and head for storms that force birds to ground. Who will win, at what cost, and with what rewards? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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14 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,251,884 (USA) (14 October 2011)

Gross:

$7,204,138 (USA) (16 December 2011)
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Steve Martin wrote much of the music in his 2011 album,"Rare Bird Alert" (Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers) while on the set for this movie. See more »

Goofs

Many of the autumn shots (October, November) are shown with all the trees and other vegetation in full summer foliage. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Brad Harris: There is going to be major fallout in a few hours.
Bill Clemont: Nuclear fallout?
Brad Harris: Bird fallout.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, photos of every bird found by the winner are shown. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Birds (1963) See more »

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Aude Lang Syne
Written by Traditional, Arranged by Guy Lombardo
Performed by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
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23 January 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry, but I've to say that people's taste in movies is getting worse by the year. They seem to give high ratings to mindless movies and fail to appreciate the good ones.

The Big Year is a beautiful drama-comedy picture, starring 4 of my favorite comedians - Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Jim Parsons.

It is a touching and heart warming story, which has it's comic points and showcases most valuable life lessons - family coming first, the price people pay for being the greatest in any field, choosing between priorities etc.

It's a wonderful effort and it deserves a watch, and the a minimum 8 star rating.


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