Director Julian Goldberger
Initial DVD release May 29, 2007
Music director Jon Goldberger
Country United States
|Release date January 21, 2006 (2006-01-21) (Sundance Film Festival)March 30, 2007 (2007-03-30) (United States)|
Writer Harry Crews (novel), Julian Goldberger
Initial release March 30, 2007 (Los Angeles)
Cast Paul Giamatti, Michelle Williams, Michael Pitt, Rusty Schwimmer, Robert Wisdom, Ann Wedgeworth
Similar movies Jupiter Ascending, Pitch Perfect 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Last Witch Hunter, The Avengers, Knock Knock
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The Hawk Is Dying is a 2006 film based on the book by Harry Crews. It was accepted to the 2006 Director's Fortnight Competition at the Cannes Film Festival. It premiered at Cinema Village in New York City on March 30, 2007.
The hawk is dying
A Gainesville, Florida auto upholsterer George Gattling, played by Paul Giamatti, is a man out of place in the world and out of place in his own skin.
Gattling attempts to transcend his mundane life by training a wild red-tailed hawk. He owns University Custom Auto Shop and is the disgruntled patriarch of his family: his divorced sister, Precious, and her 20-year-old autistic son, Fred. He's also the unwitting case study of a "life-gone-wrong" for Betty, a young psychology student who works in the auto shop.
Gattling dreams of capturing and training hawks. It is an ancient art that requires precision (you only have a few days to succeed) and extremes (only through practically killing yourself and the bird are you brought together). It is the obsession he shares with Fred. In the quiet pre-dawn tracking of the birds, Gattling feels like a man temporarily freed from the absurdity of civilized life.
After several years of failed attempts, George and his nephew Fred capture the most magnificent bird they have ever seen—the red-tailed hawk. That night, Fred dies in a freak accident, drowning in his water bed. Grief-stricken, George sees his only chance to survive tied together with this bird. He becomes determined to tame her — meaning that he will not eat or sleep, nor will she, until it's all over. At his weakest moment, he locks himself into a battle of wills with the only creature on earth that would rather die than succumb. To the rest of the world, it appears George has gone mad; the closer he gets to achieving success, the crazier his family thinks he's become. Betty is the only one who realizes that George must take himself to the bottom to truly be saved. She watches as George is released into a world where the senses are awakened and emotions are unchecked—a world where one can see and feel the "blood of things".
The hawk Gattling captures in the story is a red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). This is a common species in Florida. The bird used in the film is actually an African species in the same genus, Buteo augur, known as the jackal buzzard or African auger hawk. The hawk in the film was trained by Tony Suffredini of the company Avian Entertainment.
ReferencesThe Hawk Is Dying Wikipedia
The Hawk Is Dying IMDb The Hawk Is Dying themoviedb.org