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
14 October 2011 (USA)
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Opening Weekend: $3,251,884
(16 October 2011)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
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
Many of the autumn shots (October, November) are shown with all the trees and other vegetation in full summer foliage. See more
There is going to be major fallout in a few hours.
During the end credits, photos of every bird found by the winner are shown. See more
Written by Al Frazier
(as Albert Frazier), John Harris
, Turner Wilson Jr.
and Carl White
Performed by The Trashmen
Courtesy of Sundazed Music Inc. See more