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, Wide Release
Gross USA: $7,204,138, 18 December 2011
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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
A Great Gray Owl is shown as being found in Virginia. A species of the Northern boreal forest, this raptor is mainly distributed in Canada and Alaska. It only typically ventures into the contiguous United States in the Northern Rocky Mountains and has never been found in Virginia. See more
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This is a true story.
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Only the facts have been changed.
During the end credits, photos of every bird found by the winner are shown. See more
Come Fly Away
Written by Jack Livesey
and Jeremy Fisher
Performed by Jeremy Fisher
Courtesy of Wind-up Records
By arrangement with Secret Road Music Services, Inc. See more