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Book To Movie

The Book
The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession
By Mark Obmascik

Also available in large print

Follows the 1998 Big Year competition between Sandy Komito, Al Levantin, and Greg Miller, during which the three rivals risked their lives to set a new North American birding record.

Author’s official website

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The Movie
The Big Year

Never get between a birder and a Pink-footed Goose. As we learn from The Big Year, the intensity of birders is not to be taken lightly, and their quest of rare species creates the gentle comedy of this film, which is based on a real phenomenon. In the world of birders, there's a goal set each calendar year, and based on the honor system: who can spot the most varieties of our feathered friends? All-time champ Kenny Bostick (Owen Wilson) is a legendary name in the birding game, and this year he's trying to beat his own record--but retired CEO Stu Preissler (Steve Martin) and slovenly upstart Brad Harris (Jack Black) are determined to topple the colorful and ruthless Bostick from his, er, perch...– Amazon

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Cast, Producer and Director, More Info

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