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Winged Migration (2001)

Le peuple migrateur (original title)
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Documentary on the migratory patterns of birds, shot over the course of three years on all seven continents.

Directors:

Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud (co-director) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Jean Dorst (collaboration), Stéphane Durand | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Philippe Labro Philippe Labro ... Narrator (English version)
Jacques Perrin ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

This documentary follows several species of migratory birds over a four year filming period. These birds travel several hundreds if not thousands of miles toward the equator in the autumn, and make the return journey to their higher latitude summer homes in the spring, always taking the same route, using the natural compasses of the universe, the stars, to find their way. Some species, like the arctic tern, even fly from pole to pole. These long and often torturous treks are a matter of survival, to live in a hospitable climate and find sources of food. With the exception of migratory penguins, travel over oceans is especially difficult as the birds have little refuge unless there is something floating on the water, such as a ship, on which to land. Otherwise they must continue flying until they reach land. Some will not survive the migration due to predators, including man, illness or injury. Although the migrations themselves are done as a community, once the birds reach their ... Written by Huggo

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Documentary

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Germany | Switzerland | Spain | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Winged Migration See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,402,605 (France), 14 December 2001

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,128, 20 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,762,178, 14 December 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,217,080, 6 November 2003
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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmmakers exposed the eggs of some of the birds to the sounds of people and film cameras so that the birds would not be afraid of them later. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: The story of bird migration is the story of promise - a promise to return.
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Connections

Referenced in Phénomania: La marche de l'empereur (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Highest Gander
Performed by Robert Wyatt
Music Composed and orchestrated by Bruno Coulais
(P) & © 2001 Galatée Films
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A film of transcendent beauty
30 January 2004 | by ppazniokasSee all my reviews

A film that's difficult to classify: part nature film, part documentary, part drama. And *completely* beautiful. The makers of this film used every imaginable flying and suspending machine in order to film birds wherever they went. From ultra-light planes to hot air balloons, to hang gliders the camera operators managed to capture what must be the most amazing shots of flying ever filmed. The crew travelled the world to follow birds in migration (and some in their native habitat).

My kids (ages 11 to 15) were transfixed.

To those who say this film lacks "action", I can only express my deep regret that they are so earth-bound as to be unable to let go and soar with some of nature's most wonderful creatures.


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