The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005)

Telegraph Hill is a neighborhood in one of the hillier sections of San Francisco that over the years has become home to a large flock of wild parrots. While no one is certain how they got there, the birds were for the most part left to… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: February 9, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Interesting and appealing as both a study of man and nature.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The beautiful shots of San Francisco's lush Telegraph Hill are captivating by themselves, but the film's greatest achievement is its humanity.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Charming, intelligent entertainment that should attract the same family audiences that flocked to Winged Migration in 2001.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

First penguins, now parrots: who would have thought that the bird-brained would have so much to teach us about humanity?

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A bright window into the wild kingdom just outside our door that most of us barely notice, if at all.

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An absolute delight and nothing like the wimpy nature film its title suggests. It's a soaring -- figuratively and literally -- documentary with a surprising emotional power.

David Keyes

A gentle document about the romanticism between a man and his wild pets, all of whom depend on his good nature to persist in a strange cycle of existence among the threatening neighborhoods of San Francisco.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A cornball charmer of a film with some beautiful birds and homespun wisdom.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A loving, dopey documentary about the bird man of a place with a view of Alcatraz.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Profile of a gentle, caring, and sensitive man who models for us the empathy and respect we should have for all animals large and small.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Lanning : )
A beautiful documentary about a truly unique subject. However, I question the motivation, the "honesty" behind closing with the highly speculative… More
John Ballantine
I think we all know someone like this. A guy who just plants himself somewhere to become part of the neighbourhood, just hanging out an appreciating. He… More
Julie B
Sweet, charming and very noisy.
Lesley N
Sweet documentary about the quirky little personalities of some wild parrots in San Francisco, and the man who looks after them , though as he says near the… More
Mark Abell
A look at the flock of wild parrots that live in a neighborhood of San Fransisco and the remarkable individual (Mark Bittner) that studied and cared for them… More
Richard Franzen
Fun, interesting, and educational documentary. Kids and adults will adore it alike.

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