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Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 November 2014 (USA)
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A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of his Broadway play.

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Actor Riggan Thomson is most famous for his movie role from over twenty years ago of the comic book superhero Birdman in the blockbuster movie of the same name and its two equally popular sequels. His association with the role took over his life, where Birdman is more renowned than "Riggan Thomson" the actor. Now past middle age, Riggan is trying to establish himself as a true artist by writing, directing, starring in and co-producing with his best friend Jake what is his Broadway debut, an adaptation of Raymond Carver's story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. He is staking his name, what little artistic reputation that comes with that name and his life savings on the project, and as such will do anything needed to make the play a success. As he and Jake go through the process of the previews toward opening night, Riggan runs into several issues: needing to find a replacement for the integral supporting male role the night before the first preview; hiring the talented ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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14 November 2014 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$424,397 (USA) (17 October 2014)

Gross:

$42,335,698 (USA) (10 April 2015)
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Trivia

Alejandro González Iñárritu said of the scene where Riggan and Mike are rehearsing the script for the first time, that Edward Norton was looking over the script and commenting about it. The director then reminded him that he was doing the same thing his character is doing in the film. Norton's character is a satirical version of the actor's behavior on set in real-life. See more »

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Sam tells Riggan that the Earth is 6,000,000,000 years old, but the standard scientific estimate is only 4,500,000,000 years. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Birdman: How did we end up here? This place is horrible. Smells like balls. We don't belong here.
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References Batman Returns (1992) See more »

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This movie really touch my soul in very different ways, I was laughing and crying at the same time when I was watching it. Alejandro's clean smooth directing really states a new canon in the way a movie is conducted, I was blown away with Michael Keaton's perfect performance and the rest of the cast did well around him. I had never seen this kind of genre called "Magical realism" as well as in this movie, it really submerge you inside the head of the main character and the brilliant drum-based score helps to explain the situation by the minute. I am very happy with the Oscars won by Alejandro (well deserved) especially because I am Mexican too. I know that this kind of movie is not for everyone, some people said that it is boring, pretentious, over-the- top, strange, difficult to understand, hideous. But let me tell you this movie is fascinating, touching, funny, sad, eloquent, fantastic and dramatic. I liked very much how it makes fun of big-budget summer-blockbusters hero-movies which easily Alejandro will have done if he had wanted but no, he preferred an artistic low budget movie that make you feel instead of make you eat popcorn.


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