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A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 8.8/10 (9,982 voted)

Critic's Score: 89/100

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Stars: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton

Riggan Thomas, once known quite well to movie theater goers as an iconic super hero called "The Birdman" had recently turned down a fourth installment of the franchise. Now washed up, he attempts to reinvent himself as a director by staging a new retelling of a classic Broadway dramatic play called "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love". The events leading up to the Saturday night premiere prove to be one disaster after another as the original lead actor is injured while on set and Riggan scrambles to find a replacement, but the replacement proves to be exactly who he needs - a method actor who takes the job way too seriously. But Riggan has a hard time juggling between the set, his replacement actor, his equally washed up daughter, and a host of other disasters that prevent a proper staging of the play. Meanwhile, a New York Times critic who Riggan has to woo threatens to shut down production of the play before it even starts with a scathing review of the opening night ...

Writers: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone

Michael Keaton - Riggan
Emma Stone - Sam
Kenny Chin - Korean Grocer
Jamahl Garrison-Lowe - Daniel (Stagehand)
Zach Galifianakis - Jake
Naomi Watts - Lesley
Jeremy Shamos - Ralph
Andrea Riseborough - Laura
Katherine O'Sullivan - Costume Assistant
Damian Young - Gabriel
Keenan Shimizu - Han
Akira Ito - Translator
Natalie Gold - Clara
Merritt Wever - Annie
Edward Norton - Mike


Official Website: Official site

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 14 November 2014

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $424,397 (USA) (17 October 2014)

Gross: $11,575,000 (USA) (14 November 2014)

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Did You Know?

The Michael Keaton movie Game 6 (2005) also focused on the New York City theater world and Keaton's character having a midlife crisis. See more »

When Riggan's girlfriend brings him the newspaper and tells him to look at the review on page 12, there's a full page of ads on the left-hand page and he reads the review on the right hand page. Page 12, an even-numbered page, is always a left-hand page. See more »


User Review


Rating: 9/10

Great opening at the Venice Film Festival with this must-see movie. The story of an actor persecuted by the role that made him popular, "Birdman", and pressured by the willing of proving himself on stage with his new play.

The characters in the story are all struggling with something: Sam (Emma Stone) with her drug addiction, Mike (Edward Norton) with his sexual problems, Lesley (Naomi Watts) with her self- realization and Michael Keaton with love. What kind of love is he lacking? Is it admiration for his work? The same admiration that chained him to Bridman, who is probably the only one capable of saving him.

The cinematography reminds of that used in Hitchcock's "Rope": it seems to be filmed consequently. The originality of the cinematography, though, may have sacrificed the storyline.

"Birdman" certainly needs to be seen more than one, but likewise certainly it's going to be one of the greatest movies of the year


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