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Бёрдмэн (2014)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (original title)
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A washed-up superhero actor attempts to revive his fading career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway production.
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 192 wins & 275 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Riggan
Emma Stone ... Sam
Kenny Chin ... Korean Grocer
Jamahl Garrison-Lowe Jamahl Garrison-Lowe ... Stagehand (Daniel)
Zach Galifianakis ... Jake
Naomi Watts ... Lesley
Jeremy Shamos ... Ralph
Andrea Riseborough ... Laura
Katherine O'Sullivan ... Costume Assistant
Damian Young ... Gabriel
Keenan Shimizu Keenan Shimizu ... Han
Akira Ito ... Translator
Natalie Gold ... Clara
Merritt Wever ... Annie
Edward Norton ... Mike
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

16+ | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2015 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Бёрдмэн See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emma Stone filmed the movie during a break from filming Новый Человек-паук: Bысокое напряжение (2014), also shot in New York City. See more »

Goofs

As Riggan walks back into the theater in just his underwear, you can clearly see the reflection of the cameraman's legs following him on the ticket stand to Riggan's left. 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

Featured in Renegade Cut: Birdman (2015) 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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I will never trust a critic again
24 January 2015 | by chicagohydeparkbooksSee all my reviews

This terrible excuse for a movie wasted two hours of my life, insulted me and made me feel depressed.

I feel great sorrow for the future English students who will be forced against their will to see incoherent theatrical techniques combined with incoherent theatrical themes.

Don't expect a coherent movie, don't expect an enjoyable movie, don't expect an enlightening movie, and don't expect any sense of satisfaction or admiration if you are anything other than an English professor or a professional critic. Watching this movie feels like punishment. If you don't want to leave the movie by the halfway mark you're in the wrong theater.


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