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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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
[Sitting in a bar
Bostick saw snowcocks.
I can't afford snowcocks.
Snowcocks are on me.
I can't even afford this beer.
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
Written by Franz Xaver Gruber
(uncredited) and Joseph Mohr
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more