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

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Illustrated upon the progress of his latest Broadway play, a former popular actor's struggle to cope with his current life as a wasted actor is shown.

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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:

$424,397 (USA) (17 October 2014)

Gross:

$42,335,698 (USA) (10 April 2015)
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Trivia

The carpet visible within a number of back stage corridor scenes is the same iconic, hexagonal carpet used in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980). See more »

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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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Pavane pour une infante défunte
Written by Maurice Ravel
Performed by Orchestre National de Lyon (as Lyon National Orchestra)
Courtesy of Naxos of America, Inc.
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Self-congratulatory dross
2 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

This movie is essentially Hollywood giving itself one big pat on the back. Too bad they had to make viewers sit through two hours of clichéd, boring, predictable drudgery to make their point. This is basically the story of a Hollywood actor who is perceived to be the "shallow celebrity" type proving himself to be a true stage artiste by giving up everything and fully committing himself to his "craft." The movie's filled with self- referential, unfunny inside jokes about the film industry. The one redeeming aspect was Edward Norton, who was, as usual, excellent. The fact that this won "Best Picture" only shows how pathetically desperate for validation the Hollywood elites are. Completely forgettable.


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