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
(14 October 2011)
(16 December 2011)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Jim Parsons plays an avid bird blogger in the film. His character on The Big Bang Theory has a serious phobia of birds. See more
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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
Viva La Vida
Written by Will Champion
(as William Champion), Chris Martin
(as Christopher Martin), Guy Berryman
and Jon Buckland
(as Jonathan Buckland)
Performed by Coldplay
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