The Legend of Pale Male (2011)


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The Legend of Pale Male is the true account of one of the most surprising and remarkable love stories in the history of New York City. It begins in 1993, when a young man from Belgium looking to change his life has an unexpected encounter in Central Park. He meets a hawk. Not just any hawk, but a wild Redtail, a fierce predator that has not lived in the City for almost a hundred years. Affectionately known to New Yorkers as Pale Male, the hawk becomes a magnificent obsession -a metaphor for triumph against all odds. His nest, perched high on a posh Fifth Avenue co-op, starts out as a novel curiosity to a handful of avid birdwatchers but becomes an international tourist destination - a place of pilgrimage. Then, without warning, one December afternoon the building manager dismantles Pale Male's nest. The act unites an unlikely family of birdwatchers, movie stars, poets, children, dogs, reporters, and celebrities, including Mary Tyler Moore and David Letterman. What unfolds next could only happen in New York. -- (C) Balcony Releasing


Mary Tyler Moore
as Mary Tyler Moore
Charles Kennedy
as Charles Kennedy
Lincoln Karim
as Lincoln Karim
Marie Winn
as Marie Winn
Alexander Fisher
as Alexander Fisher

Critic Reviews for The Legend of Pale Male

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

It's notable for some astounding urban wildlife footage and for the way it unintentionally reflects the giddy narcissism of the primate known as homo sapiens.

Dec 22, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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An entertaining documentary that is more heartfelt than polished.

Dec 9, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A sugary, aggressively anthropomorphized story of one avian interloper and a whole bunch of human obsessives.

Nov 24, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4

Lilien proves wholly uninterested in investigating his human subjects' habit of vigorously anthropomorphizing, and projecting their personal hopes, dreams, fears, and Daddy issues onto the striking hawk.

Nov 23, 2010 | Full Review…

Docu offers family-friendly holiday fare.

Nov 22, 2010 | Full Review…
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Amateurish storytelling threatens urban-naturalist doc, but doesn't quite kill it.

Nov 22, 2010 | Full Review…

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