The Big Year

October 14th, 2011


The Big Year

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Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.0/10 (6,857 voted)

Critic's Score: 53/100

Director: David Frankel

Stars: Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Steve Martin

Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition.

Writers: Mark Obmascik, Howard Franklin

Jack Black - Brad Harris
Zahf Paroo - Prasad
John Cleese - Historical Montage Narrator
Owen Wilson - Kenny Bostick
Rosamund Pike - Jessica
Steve Martin - Stu Preissler
Kevin Pollak - Jim Gittelson
Joel McHale - Barry Loomis
JoBeth Williams - Edith Preissler
Paul Campbell - Tony
Cindy Busby - Susie
Greg Kean - Computer Birder
Eva Allan - Birder's Daughter
Bill Dow - Dr. Paul Elkin
Barry Shabaka Henley - Dr. Neil Kramer


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 14 October 2011

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $41,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,251,884 (USA) (16 October 2011) (2150 Screens)

Gross: $7,204,138 (USA) (18 December 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Steve Carell and Dustin Hoffman were both attached to star at one point.

Factual errors: At one point, in Alaska, there is a short but definite shot of penguins. Most penguins are native to Antarctica, although some are found as far north as the Galapagos Islands. In this scene, however, the character is speaking of a bird that lives among penguins. The conversation takes place in Alaska but it is not implied that penguins are there. It is a confusing scene but not a goof.

User Review

Big Year has Big Laughs and Touching Moments

Rating: 9/10

In the Big Year, bird-watching ("birding" for those serious about the activity) takes a beautiful backdrop to the story of three men in different stages of life that are all struggling with priorities and what is important in life. Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson all do a great job as lead actors and come across as real bird lovers.

The settings are incredible - taking viewers from Attu Island in the Aleutians to Brownsville, Texas, and everywhere in between. The race to find birds results in many humorous moments between the three competitors as they scour North America in search of rare bird sightings and compete to be the world's best birder.

Steve Martin does a wonderful job as a man on the verge of retirement, who is struggling to let go of his career. His long-time dream to spend a year birding helps him understand what is important in life. Steve's character develops a father-like relationship with Jack Black's aimless computer programmer whose passion is birds. Steve's character provides fatherly guidance and support that helps Jack Black's character move forward with his life and relationships.

Owen Wilson is great as the obsessed world's greatest birder, who does everything that he can to stop his challengers - Steve Martin & Jack Black. The obsession and drive of Owen's character draws anger, jealousy, and respect from his competitors and other birders. Several supporting actors providing some funny moments with their hatred of Owen.

Overall, Big Year is a funny and heart-warming movie that will make you think about your own priorities and dreams...and maybe grab some binoculars and search out some birds.


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