The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
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An "engrossing, delightful film" (The Washington Post), The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill is the bonafide sleeper theatrical hit of the year. The film's endearing guide is Mark Bittner, an aging bohemian, but the supporting cast members, a rambunctious flock of urban parrots, are the true stars, and their surprisingly human-like behavior makes for a wondrous and rare experience. The film follows the ups-and-downs of these wild birds within the green niches of San Francisco as Bittner befriends, feeds, and names the members of the flock. Along the way, we meet many unforgettable characters: among them Connor, the grouchy yet lovable outcast of the flock, crying for a mate but luckless in his pursuits, and "the lovers," Picasso and Sophie, inseparable until Sophie is forced into mourning when Picasso disappears. More than a mere birdwatcher, Bittner finds solace in his immersion with these strikingly beautiful creatures - but how will he cope when he's evicted from his sanctuary and forced to live away from the parrots? Packed with romance, comedy and a surprise ending that "makes you feel like you could fly out of the theater" (San Jose Mercury News), The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill shows just how wondrously similar the human and animal worlds really can be.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 97
- Fresh: 92
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A loving, dopey documentary about the bird man of a place with a view of Alcatraz.
Fresh: It contains ample joys and sorrows, and it will introduce you to some of the year's most memorable characters.
Fresh: [A] charming, layered documentary.
Fresh: Charming, intelligent entertainment that should attract the same family audiences that flocked to Winged Migration in 2001.
You know it's great when you hate to see it end.
This movie will touch your heart in ways you won't expect. ALL the characters <human and non> were so endearing, so engaging, even Ms. Irving was forever changed by what she witnessed while making this film. Just proves that real life is way more interesting than fiction. Don't want to give anything away, but the ending held a few surprises. Don't rent this movie. BUY!! You'll never get tired of watching it.
I LOVE this!
I own a green-cheeked conure, and let me tell you, he is full of personality. He can talk, roll over, and otherwise drive me nuts, but I love him. This movie touched my heart...I have the book and I recommend anyone read it, but watching this movie is heartwarming with a wonderful ending that must be seen. If you love birds, conures are a wonderful choice for companion. But watch out! They rule your roost :)
Touching and Heartfelt movie
I looveeeeeedd this movie! it was so sad but super cute and it made the birds seem so friendly and nice. It is a suprisingly emotional movie that is 110% recommended by me!