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?
Did You Know?
On Day 1, Brad only has one species - out his office window. Done for humor but completely inexplicable for any birder in one day. Even worse, in the image of gulls used to show the audience the "one species" - there are actually three different species of gulls. What would have been funnier and more accurate would be if Brad was looking out his work window and saw only pigeons or starlings. The audience would recognize, empathize and laugh at that situation. See more
[Upon seeing his business associates approaching
Hey, look everyone. Vultures!
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
The Devil Never Sleeps
Written by Iron & Wine
(as Sam Beam)
Performed by Iron & Wine
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records See more
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: $8,179,416
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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