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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

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A washed-up actor, who once played a famous superhero, attempts to revive his career by writing and starring in a Broadway play.

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Actor Riggan Thomson is most famous for his movie role from over twenty years ago of the comic book superhero Birdman in the blockbuster movie of the same name and its two equally popular sequels. His association with the role took over his life, where Birdman is more renowned than "Riggan Thomson" the actor. Now past middle age, Riggan is trying to establish himself as a true artist by writing, directing, starring in and co-producing with his best friend Jake what is his Broadway debut, an adaptation of Raymond Carver's story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. He is staking his name, what little artistic reputation that comes with that name and his life savings on the project, and as such will do anything needed to make the play a success. As he and Jake go through the process of the previews toward opening night, Riggan runs into several issues: needing to find a replacement for the integral supporting male role the night before the first preview; hiring the talented ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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14 November 2014 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,471,471 (USA) (10 January 2015)

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$42,340,598 (USA)
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The first winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture to have been shot entirely digitally. Prior to its win every past winner had been shot entirely or partially on film. See more »

Goofs

The note from Sam in the bouquet of flowers changes. At first it is a wide strip of paper and reads "They didn't have the whatever you wanted". A little later the paper is narrower and the "the" is omitted. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Birdman: How did we end up here? This place is horrible. Smells like balls. We don't belong here.
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Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 (Movements 1 and 2) Largo, Allegro Moderato
Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by Neville Marriner and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (as Stutgart Radio Symphony)
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
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One of the Best Films of All Time
4 May 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Birdman is a powerhouse of cinema. Throwing away the commentary on critics and the movie industry and artistic integrity; it's still a live, thriving beast that has so much unpredictability in every scene. It has raw, powerful, career-defining performances, ridiculously impressive camera-work, surrealistic cinematography and an always involving story that gives the film ground even with it's surrealistic moments (something the Tree of Life lacked a bit). You can just feel the energy, the tension, and the off-beat score drum score is impeccable. Anyway that's all I have to say about Birdman. It's my 2nd favourite film of all time (after Synecdoche, New York) and the only problem with this film is that it's too big, too alive to watch on a normal television screen. Honestly, it's not Gravity, Avatar or even Intestellar. This is the definitive cinema experience. 10/10


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