The Big Year

October 14, 2011 0 By Fans
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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

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


John Cleese

Historical Montage Narrator

Owen Wilson

Kenny Bostick

Rosamund Pike


Steve Martin

Stu Preissler

Kevin Pollak

Jim Gittelson

Joel McHale

Barry Loomis

JoBeth Williams

Edith Preissler

Paul Campbell


Cindy Busby


Greg Kean

Computer Birder

Eva Allan

Birder's Daughter

Bill Dow

Dr. Paul Elkin

Barry Shabaka Henley

Dr. Neil Kramer


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Release Date: 14 October 2011

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $41,000,000


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

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

Technical Specs



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

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.