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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

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Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.
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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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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:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

In the original script, during their confrontation in The Rum House, Tabitha brings home her point - that Riggan is "a celebrity, not an actor" - by casually requesting some William Shakespeare from a waiter named Eddie, who then performs a brilliant rendition of the monologue from act V of Macbeth on the spot. In the finished film a madman in the street bellows out the monologue, then asks Riggan if it was over the top. See more »

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The drum set shown in the film has fewer pieces than the one that is heard. The film set has no floor tom; only snare, bass and high tom. It also has fewer cymbals; with only a hi-hat and ride cymbal, the recorded kit has at least three more (splash, crash and china cymbals). The scene where the drums are played in the green room matches perfectly, as none of the excluded pieces are played in the audio, until Riggan passes by. As the drums are seen being played behind him, they are clearly mismatched with the audio, and pieces like the floor tom are played without being shown. 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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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Watchmen (2016) See more »

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Symphony No. 9 in D
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach (as Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
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a giant circle-jerk made only for the film industry itself
14 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't go to the movies often and on my birthday November 2014 saw this load of crap with my boyfriend. I didn't see any trailers beforehand and only based my decision on the reviews. I now realize that critics have no idea what they are talking about, at least when it comes to knowing what the masses would like. Everything annoyed me: the drum track, lack of action or plot, the fact that good actors were in it yet it was still so terrible...i could go on but you guys get it. I mean, even the humor of it i didn't get.Clearly it is a nod to the film industry but because i am not part of that circle i had no idea what the heck was giubgoing on. I would rather watch a 2 hour loop of 2 girls 1 cup and w all know how bad that was.


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