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?
14 October 2011 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $3,251,884,
16 October 2011
Gross USA: $7,204,138
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $7,448,385
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
wrote much of the music in his 2011 album, "Rare Bird Alert" (Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers), while on the set for this movie. See more
Attu island is not closer to Tokyo than Anchorage. Anchorage is 1440 miles from the island, Tokyo is closer to 2000 miles away. See more
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
UK BluRay sports an Extended Cut of the film, adding a good six minutes of minor background information on the three main characters and special birds. It also replaces Jack Black's narration of the story with a new narration by John Cleese who also receives a credit in the opening title sequence. See more
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