Synopsis: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), commonly known simply as Birdman, is a 2014 American black comedy film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It was written by Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo. The film stars Michael Keaton with a supporting cast of Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The story follows Riggan Thomson (Keaton), a faded Hollywood actor best known for playing the superhero "Birdman", as he struggles to mount a Broadway adaptation of a short story by Raymond Carver.
Genre: Documentary
Actors: Caroline Christl Long
Production: Fox Searchlight
Rotten Tomatoes:
13 min

you, bitch." What do you do with a

love like that?


How is that-- That is not love and you know

it. Why do you insist on calling it--

LESLEYYou can say what you want, but I know what

it was.

RALPHWhat about you, Nick? Does that sound like

love to you?

Riggan arrives at the table and sits.

RIGGANSorry I’m late.

(Beat. In character.)

I'm the wrong person to ask. I didn't

know the man. I've only heard his name

mentioned in passing. You'd have to

know the particulars. But I think what

you're saying is that love is absolute.

RALPHYeah. The kind of love I'm talking about

is... The kind of love I'm talking about,

you don't try and kill people.


It was love, Mel. To Eddie, it was. I don't

care what anybody says. He was ready to die

for it.

RALPHAsk her what he did after she left him.

LESLEYHe shot himself in the mouth. But he

screwed that up, too. Poor Ed.

RALPHPoor Ed, my ass. The guy was dangerous.

LAURAHow'd he screw it up if he shot himself in

the mouth?

RALPH(By the numbers.)

He used to carry this twenty-two. We lived

like fugitives those days. I never knew--

10/29/14 / 4.



RIGGAN(Breaking character to direct.


Okay. Fugitives are on the run, Ralph. How

many times do I have to-- Fugitives are

scared. Give me more of that.

Ralph nods. He takes a breath and dives in once again...

RALPH(The same but louder.)

We lived like fugitives those days...

Extremely frustrated, Riggan stares out into the auditorium.

From his POV we see Jake who is now sitting in the third row.

His head buried in his hands, tortured by Ralph’s performance.

Riggan turns back to Ralph.


...I never knew if he was going to come out

of the bushes or from behind a car and just

start shooting.

Riggan watches Ralph act and sees his whole production headed

down the drain. Ralph is just that bad.


The man was crazy. He was capable of


The actors all wait for a cue from Riggan, who is now staring

up into the lights above the stage. Laura finally picks up

Riggan’s cue.

LAURAChrist. What a nightmare...

RALPHHe used to call me at the hospital and


(Over the top.)

"Son of a bitch. Your days are numbered."

Silence. Ralph looks over to Riggan.


Too much? Little bit? I just wanted to give

you a range, so you could--

And with that a light comes barreling down from it's perch and

crashes into Ralph's head, making him hit the floor like a rag

doll. Silence.

LAURAHoly shit.

10/29/14 / 5.


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Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu (born August 15, 1963) is a Mexican film director, producer, screenwriter, and former composer. Iñárritu won the Academy Award for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture in 2015 for Birdman. In 2016, he won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Revenant. more…

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