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Birdman

Year:
Duration:
119 min
Genres:
Comedy | Drama
IMDB rate:
8.1
Director:
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 162 wins & 154 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2014-11-14
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Earnings
Budget: $18,000,000
Opening Weekend: $2,471,471 (USA) (10 January 2015)
Gross: $37,780,892 (USA) (22 February 2015)
Cast
Actor
Character
Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
Birdman
Emma Stone
Emma Stone
Birdman
Kenny Chin
Korean Grocer
Jamahl Garrison-Lowe
Daniel (Stagehand)
Zach Galifianakis
Jake
Naomi Watts
Lesley
Jeremy Shamos
Ralph
Andrea Riseborough
Laura
Katherine O'Sullivan
Costume Assistant
Damian Young
Gabriel
Keenan Shimizu
Han
Akira Ito
Translator
Natalie Gold
Clara
Merritt Wever
Annie
Edward Norton
Mike
Michael Siberry
Larry
Clark Middleton
Sydney
Amy Ryan
Sylvia
William Youmans
Bartender (Tommy)
Lindsay Duncan
Tabitha
Paula Pell
Lady in Bar
David Fierro
Man in Bar
Hudson Flynn
Kid in Bar (Billy)
Warren Kelly
Dresser
Joel Marsh Garland
Stagehand
Brent Bateman
Broadway Tourist
Donna Lynne Champlin
Broadway Lady
Valentino Musumeci
Broadway Kid
Taylor Schwencke
Broadway Kid (as Taylor D. Schwencke)
Craig muMs Grant
Broadway Man on Street (as Craig Mums Grant)
Kyle Knauf
Annoying Times Square Guy
Dave Neal
Annoying Times Square Guy
Kelly Southerland
Annoying Times Square Guy
Roberta Colindrez
Broadway Woman on Street
Catherine Peppers
Cashier
Frank Ridley
Mr. Roth
Janis Corsair
Female Usher
Rakesh Shah
Liquor Store Owner (as Rakesh G. Shah)
Bill Camp
Crazy Man
Malachi Weir
Guy in Window
Jackie Hoffman
Lady on Balcony (Mary)
Stephen Adly Guirgis
Good Neighbor
Glenn Wein
Young Male Usher
Ebrahim Jaffer
Cab Driver
Nicolas Rain Noe
Intermission Man
Susan Blackwell
Intermission Woman
Anna Hardwick
Blonde Reporter
Dusan Dukic
Newscaster
Helena-Alexis Seymour
Newscaster
Ian Finlay
Newscaster
Alexandra Aristy
Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)
Robbin Banx
Upscale Theatre Goer (uncredited)
Stefanie Bari
Sophie (uncredited)
Thomas J. Bellezza
Tourist (uncredited)
Paula Blum
Shocked Nurse (uncredited)
Dave Bobb
Upscale Theater Patron (uncredited)
Bryan Burton
Alternate Kid in Bar (uncredited)
Teena Byrd
Tourist at a Broadway Show (uncredited)
Brian Cheeks
Tourist (uncredited)
Richard R. Corapi
Upscale Theatre Patron / Driver (uncredited)
Alan Davis
Tourist with Bagel (uncredited)
Johanna Day
Annoying Tourist (uncredited)
Madeline Farbstein
Lady in the Theatre (uncredited)
James Farley
Man on the Stoop (uncredited)
Z. Frankie
Broadway Audience Member (uncredited)
Les Gardonyi
Audience (uncredited)
Julie Gudz
Reporter #3 (uncredited)
David H. Holmes
Stagehand (uncredited)
Bomber Hurley-Smith
Stage Manager (uncredited)
David Itchkawitz
Shocked Audience Member (uncredited)
Joseph Anthony Jerez
Tourist (uncredited)
Benjamin Kanes
Young Birdman (uncredited)
Kenneth Kopolovicz
Aficionado (uncredited)
Anna Kuchma
Reporter (uncredited)
Kamron Leal
Broadway Tourist (uncredited)
Tracy Michael Lynch
NYC Tourist (uncredited)
Rachael Ma
Tree (uncredited)
Keith Mackler
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Vanessa Malanga
Native New Yorker Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Alex Malaos
Theater Audience Member (uncredited)
Raymond Mamrak
Annoying Tourist (uncredited)
Michelle E. Mancini
Special Ability (uncredited)
Lynn Marocola
Theatre goer (uncredited)
Nicholas Marocola
Audience Attendee (uncredited)
Chris McFarland
Stagehand (uncredited)
Chuck McMahon
Tought Guy / Stagehand (uncredited)
Teresa Meza
Stage Manager (uncredited)
Robert Myers
Upscale Theater Patron (uncredited)
Leslie C. Nemet
Paparazzi (uncredited)
Amy Novondo
Tourist (uncredited)
Thelma O'Leary
Broadway Play Attendee / Tourist (uncredited)
Philip Odango
Audience Member (uncredited)
Carolyn Ormond
Theater Critic (uncredited)
And Palladino
Audience Member (uncredited)
Stephen Payne
Crazy Man (uncredited)
Katrina E. Perkins
Tourist (uncredited)
Rich Petrillo
Times Square Onlooker (uncredited)
Josephine Pizzino
Usher / Audience Member / Crazed Fan / Stalker (uncredited)
Jon Douglas Rainey
Journalist (uncredited)
Dawn Ressy
Times Square Shocked Tourist (uncredited)
Dwayne Rivera
Audience Member (front row) (uncredited)
Charles Rosa
Broadway Theatergoer (uncredited)
Shade Rupe
Opening Night Audience Member (uncredited)
Stuart Schnitzer
NYPD New York Police Department / Theatre Audience (uncredited)
Nancy Ellen Shore
Upscale Theater Patron (uncredited)
Janet Stanwood
NYC Upscale Pedestrian (uncredited)
John Stepanian
Upscale Theater Patron (uncredited)
Paul Thornton
Times Square Pedestrian (uncredited)
Stella Toppan
Theatre Goer (uncredited)
Millie Torchetti
Theater Patron (uncredited)
Stefano Villabona
Tourist Theater Audience Member (uncredited)
Marian Volk
Aficionado (uncredited)
Bill Walters
Paparazzi (uncredited)
Dorothy Weems
Enraptured Theatre Goer (uncredited)
Kelli Wilcoxen
Theater Goer (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Michael Keaton's Riggan character tells an anecdote involving George Clooney. Clooney starred as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman & Robin (1997), the fourth film in the series initiated by Keaton.
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In the final scene, Sam brings her father a bunch of lilac blossoms: there is a tradition that considers lilac to be an unlucky flower which should not be carried into a house and especially not into a hospital as it's associated with death. The superstition may date from times when its powerful scent was used mask the smell of dead people laid out in the house.
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The exact lines spoken from the crazy man outside the liquor store when Riggan is drunk are from the William Shakespeare play "Macbeth," after Lady Macbeth dies. The lines are "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day To the last syllable of recorded time, And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing."
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Goofs
When Jake enters Riggan's room in the hospital he turns on the TV. After he leaves, the TV is off.
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The final scene hinges on Mike opening his hospital window. However, hospital windows can never be opened.
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There is a scene where Mike dares Sam to spit on a bald guy walking below them from the rooftop of the theater. However the sidewalk outside the St. James Theater (where this scene was shot) is a covered sidewalk and neither of them (from their vantage point on the roof) would have been able to see the bald man let alone spit on him.
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Quotes
Lesley: Mike's available.
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Annie: The sunbed is here.
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Riggan: [to Birdman] Bye-bye. And fuck you.
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Faq
Q
In the end of the movie what did Sam (Emma Stone) see? Did she see Riggan (Michael Keaton) fly away?
A
There are several popular answers to this question from fans and critics. This is an attempt at cataloging them, incorporating previous answers to this FAQ, the IMDb boards, and reviews or critical essays:1) Sam sees Riggan flying away because he a) always had powers or b) has suddenly developed or actualized them. He flies away as a (magical or symbolic) triumph of some sort (art, celebrity, self-integration, or redemption).2) Sam thinks she sees him flying away because of a) a schizophrenic break or b) drug-induced hallucination or c) shock. Actually, Riggan is dead on the ground.3) Sam stoically reacts to her father dead on the ground and looks up, realizing that he will have long-lasting celebrity and/or is finally free from his torment.4) Sam doesn't know where her father went, but sees the meteor-like object in the sky, which fills her with awe.5) The whole hospital scene is Riggan's dying thoughts or afterlife fantasy, which begins when he shoots himself on stage. Riggan imagines what he would want to happen.6) The whole movie is Riggan's dream, or dying thoughts from when he killed himself on the beach, or afterlife fantasy. Riggan imagines what he would want to happen.7) We are made to imagine what Sam sees. This, like other ambiguous parts of the movie, creates an open-ended interpretation game, and makes the viewer part of the delusion and/or artful solution.8) We are made to imagine what Sam sees, and then to question what we have imagined:-First we imagine her seeing him flying, as a triumph of some sort (art, celebrity, self-integration, or redemption)-Second we realize that this is impossible because Riggan's powers have been established as hallucinations; the movie ends with an unreal yet hopeful solution (whether artful, or lying, or winking) to a real and sad problem (in short: a mentally ill Riggan committing suicide to go out 'on top', when really he has "confused being admired with being loved" as his ex-girlfriend says). -and after he stop flying and go to the play when he entering the theater the taxi asked for his money .that established as hallucinations.
Q
What does "The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance" mean? Why is it the movie's secondary title?
A
"The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance" is the title that the critic Tabitha gives to her review of the opening night of Riggan's play. Tabitha believes that Riggan is ignorant of the art of the theater. In her review, she considers the unexpected virtue of his ignorance to be his successful performance revitalizing American theater, including the gunshot and blood: "Thompson has unwittingly given birth to a new form, which can only be described as super-realism....The blood that has been sorely missing from the veins of American theater." The meaning of this as a secondary title for the movie itself, or even Tabitha's deeper meaning in choosing the title for her review, is beyond the scope of a FAQ, but it could be variously optimistic or pessimistic, in keeping with a movie that is quite open to interpretation. Lastly, the secondary title is potentially an in-joke, stemming from the director and writers' claims that the movie is rife with all of the artists making fun of themselves, and that the director and writers hadn't made anything this comedic before.
Q
A Note Regarding Spoilers
A
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
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