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Taking Off (1971)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  14 May 1971 (France)
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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 »


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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
Philip Bruns ...
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 <>

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Release Date:

14 May 1971 (France)  »

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(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 »


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Lovely Forman American debut.
23 February 2000 | by (balbec, france) – See all my reviews

A wonderful American debut from Milos Forman, who transcends a rather schematic premise ('wayward' daughter is actually quite sensible, while bourgeois parents enter a counterculture of pot-smoking and (nearly) wife-swapping orgies) with his wise European eye, which mixes clear-eyed observation with fantasy, implausibility and farce. The lead couple are acted in such a low key, you're astonished at the emotional power they generate, and while the subject matter is quite depressing, Forman's comic benevolence is always foregrounded: the convention for parents of missing children, and the accompanying lesson in parental empathy, is an American classic.

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