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

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A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, attempts to revive his career by writing and starring in his very own 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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Comedy | Drama

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

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Release Date:

14 November 2014 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$424,397, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,340,598

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,215,094
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Trivia

The voice of Riggan's alter ego Birdman, is a parody of Christian Bale's Batman voice in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. See more »

Goofs

After the first preview (when Mike was drinking real gin onstage) Riggan and Mike walk out of the St. James Theatre onto 44th street. Riggan gives money to a drummer on the street. The camera swings around, and, apparently still in the same shot, they are now walking towards the Edison Hotel on 47th street. They enter the bar at the Edison Hotel. When Riggan leaves the bar, he is back on 44th street, and walks just a few steps back to the St. James Theatre - closer than when they walked from the theatre to the bar. 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 Batman (1989) See more »

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Harpad
Composed by Victor Hernandez Stumpfhauser (as Victor Stumpfhauser)
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Outstanding - Academy Award Winner for Sure
26 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

I can't understand all the negative reviews on this site by "movie-goers". From some of the comments, I can only assume some of these folks must have ADD, or just need a few good car chases or were expecting this to be one of those mindless, predictable super hero movies we are afflicted with ad nauseam these days. Thank god it wasn't one of those.

The actors are marvelous, especially Keaton. Perhaps he finally gets the credit he is due with that little gold statue. Edward Norton is great as usual. Emma Stone will certainly be recognized as well and probably be in line for meatier parts in the future. Iñárritu's scene transitions are especially wonderful giving the impression of one long take that seamlessly takes you through the story. The story kept my undivided attention the entire way.

Great movie! A must see.


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