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?
Jim Parsons plays an avid bird blogger in this film. His character on The Big Bang Theory (2007) ironically has a serious phobia of birds. See more
The last flights to Attu Alaska were in 2000. Currently the only way to get to Attu for bird watching is through Zugunruhe Tours which charter a 72 foot boat to Attu for 15 days. There was one trip to Attu in 2010, which was the first birding trip to Attu in 10 years. There are 2 trips scheduled for 2012. 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
I Like Birds
Written by Mark Oliver Everett
Performed by Eels
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more