The Big Year

The Big Year

DVD - 2012 | Widescreen edition.
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Looking to shake up their routine lives, three amateur bird watchers compete to become the ultimate 'birder' by spotting the greatest number of species within a single calendar year. But the friendly rivalry soon turns into a hilariously complicated cross-country adventure as each man begins to realize that the quest for success comes at a price, and that's not chicken feed!.
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD BIG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Grande année [videorecording]


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Mar 31, 2019

Watched a lot of nature films lately, so liked this.
A good plot, and love the actors.

This movie is only a little exaggerated from the truth about certain obsessive birders. The woman in the movie (Annie Auklet) who runs the seabird trip on a boat is based on someone who does that in real life. Her name is Debi Shearwater, she sails out of Monterey Bay, and I've never been sicker than I was on one of her trips, in maybe 8-foot swells. I got to see a Great Blue Whale, so it was worth it.

WVMLlibrarianCathy Apr 04, 2018

A quirky, humorous, slow paced movie about middle aged men obsessed with bird watching. This is a fun movie to watch if you are a birder or a fan of Jack Black, Owen Wilson, or Steve Martin.

Mar 04, 2016

Nothing above average here, but it's cute enough to merit a watch. It definitely made me more interesting in birding!

blueberrymouse Jan 09, 2016

I'm no birdwatcher except for the humming birds and Rose Breasted Grouse Beaks that I see in the summer at my feeders. I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. I could not imagine all the things that birdwatcher will go through to find the birds.

Jul 02, 2015

Never heard of this movie until I recently went on my first bird walk and was informed about it by other participants. Quirky engaging movie. Bogged down slightly near the end, but overall very enjoyable.

Catmamakim Jun 19, 2015

Not as funny as I had hoped considering the cast, but enjoyable nonetheless. Beautiful scenery and a simple story make this movie a must-see for all bird lovers.

Feb 01, 2015

A bit slow at times, but glad I stayed with it til the end. Lots of great nature photography as the birders travel the world.

And I am enjoying actor Owen Wilson more and more.

Aug 05, 2013

A fun bit of fluff with nice visuals and pleasant music.

Jul 29, 2013

I saw the movie and I had liked it
I had laughed through the movie
this would be good for bird watchers
but not for children to watch

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Jul 15, 2012

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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Jul 15, 2012

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


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Jul 15, 2012

Brad Harris: There is going to be major fallout in a few hours.
Bill Clemont: Nuclear fallout?
Brad Harris: Bird fallout.


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