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The Big Year (2011)

PG | | 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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Prasad
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Vicki
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Vicki's Fiancée
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Jessica
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Jim Gittelson
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Barry Loomis
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Edith
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Tony
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Susie
Greg Kean ...
Computer Birder
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Birder's Daughter (as Eva Allan)
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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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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O Grande Ano  »

Box Office

Budget:

$41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,251,884 (USA) (16 October 2011)

Gross:

$7,204,138 (USA) (18 December 2011)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Carell and Dustin Hoffman were both attached to star at one point. See more »

Goofs

From their location on the Oregon Coast, Fuchs recommends a hotel on Highway 101, half way to Mount Shasta. Highway 101 runs along the California Coast. Mount Shasta is in the middle of Northern California, on Interstate Five. 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

Referenced in The New Normal: The Godparent Trap (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Aude Lang Syne
Traditional tune, lyrics by Robert Burns (uncredited)
Arranged by Guy Lombardo
Performed by Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians (as His Royal Canadians)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Don't expect a laugh out loud comedy...
27 July 2012 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

This i a highly underrated movie, about human interaction. I can't believe that people don't get it.

I've always admired people who where passionate about things in life. Be it model trains, woodworking, stamps or traveling. This movie serves as inspiration to get out and do something and is a celebration of the people who do.

I've seen this movie 3 times, and each time it leaves me with a sense of community with the characters, and i wan't to spend more time with then.

Ignore the critics, and just enjoy.


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