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
The Pink-footed Goose, a North Atlantic species which occasionally vagrates from its European breeding range to the Northeastern coastal states, has never been seen in Texas or Colorado as shown in the film. 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
Aude Lang Syne
Traditional tune, lyrics by Robert Burns
Arranged by Guy Lombardo
Performed by Guy Lombardo
and The Royal Canadians
(as His Royal Canadians)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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