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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)

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A homeless musician finds meaning to his life when he starts a friendship with dozens of parrots.

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Judy Irving
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Mark Bittner Mark Bittner ... Himself
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In San Francisco, there are at least two flocks of largely wild parrots who flock around the city. This film focuses on the flock of cherry-headed conures (and a lonely blue-headed one named Connor) who flock around the Telegraph Hill region of the city and their closest human companion, Mark Bittner . Through his own words, we learn of his life as a frustrated, homeless musician and how he came to live in the area where he decided to explore the nature around him. That lead him to discovering the parrot flock and the individual personalities of it. In a cinematic portrait, we are introduced to his colorful companions and the relationship they share as well as the realities of urban wild life that would change Bittner's life forever. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The true story of a bohemian St Francis and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild red and green parrots

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Documentary

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G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Дикие попугаи с Телеграф Хилл See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$104,986, 18 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,058,229, 11 June 2006
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Pelican Media See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The flock of wild parrots fly behind the red-tailed hawk in order to escape it. See more »

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Mark Bittner: We're all one river till we hit this cliff. That distance between the top of the cliff and the bottom of the cliff is our life. And all the individual little droplets think they really are individual little droplets until they hit the bottom, and then they're gone. But that droplet doesn't lose anything, it gains. It gains the rest of the river.
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A flock of parrots and a homeless man teach us about relationships, life and love
24 April 2005 | by mmrobinsSee all my reviews

It's a shame more people won't get to see this film. I find that documentaries such as this are increasingly becoming much more entertaining than the rehashed plots that Hollywood dishes out. The themes that even some of the best mainstream movies explore very well are that much more poignant and interesting when they're presented in real life. What's more, the plots in real life are often stranger and more fanciful. The relationship between Mark Bittner and this group of misplaced San Francisco parrots is amazingly deep and will touch your heart. Mark recognizes many of these birds by name and knows their personalities more thoroughly than most people know their friends. It's a wonderful piece of luck for all of us that a documentary film maker took the time to explore the life of a man and flock of animals that most people would never give a second thought. All the way through you care for the animals and Mark, and the ending is wonderful for mark and the film maker in a way that seems like it had to be dreamed up for Hollywood.


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