Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone... See full summary »


Nominated for 6 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynn Carlin ...
Lynn Tyne
Larry Tyne
Tony Harvey ...
Ann Lockston
Ben Lockston
David Gittler ...
Ike Turner ...
Himself (as The Ike and Tina Turner Revue)
Herself (as The Ike and Tina Turner Revue)
Linnea Heacock ...
Jeannie Tyne
Mrs. Divito
Frank Berle ...
Committee Man
Policeman (as Phillip Bruns)
Gail Busman ...
Nancy Lockston


Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life. Written by Dan Goldwasser <dang+@cmu.edu>

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Release Date:

14 May 1971 (France)  »

Also Known As:

S.P.F.C.  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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After the success of Easy Rider (1969), Universal Studios hit upon the idea to let young filmmakers make "semi-independent" films for low budgets in hopes of generating similar profits. The idea was to make five movies for low budgets (one million dollars or less), not interfere in the filmmaking process, and give the directors final cut. The other movies were: The Hired Hand (1971), The Last Movie (1971), Silent Running (1972), Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) and Minnie and Moskowitz (1971). See more »


Ben Lockston: [to Larry, after Lynn has taken off the top of her dress] My compliments to the chef.
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Stabat Mater
by Antonín Dvorák (as Dvorak)
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Absolutely Delightful!
29 December 1999 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most curiously delightful films I have ever seen. From the first few minutes until it's very end, 'Taking Off' offers an uniquely gentle vision of the confused 70s generation, it's hopes and wishes, and their problematic relationships with their respective, old-fashioned, hypocritical parents. Larry and Lynn Tyne are the heads of a typical american family, with their respective neurosis and worries targeted to their daughter Jeannie, lovely Linnea Hancock, and her taking drugs and the company that surrounds her. As she 'takes off' from home, their parents begin to seek for her, and as the seek continues, their degree of closeness is increased, while them both become absolutely degenerate and carefree - as they judge the new generation to be.

Forman presents a simple story that smoothly develops itself into a thoughtful character study about the gap of generations, presented in a fashion never seen before, and most enjoyable, scoring once again by bringing his innovative directing style from Europe to America for the first time, and with a modest budget and unknown stars, with the honorable exception of Buck Henry, Ike and Tina Turner and a very, very young Carly Simon( Singing A Remarkable Ballad, That Goes Like This - Long Term Physical Effects Are Not Yet Known... So, I'll Just Take Another Drag, And Just Get Stoned!(...) Short Term Physical Effects Are So Groovey!)

You may glimpse a young Jessica Harper during my favorite sequence, the audition one. The characters you'll find during this are simply... unforgettable. :)

So, just enjoy this underrated gem, 'with a smile on your face and a heart to embrace', a faithful portrait of youth, hypocrisy, and seemingly contained parents.

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