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Fly Away Home (1996)

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A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.

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Thomas "Tom" Alden
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David Alden
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Barry Stickland
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Glen Seifert
Deborah Verginella ...
Amy's Mother
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General Hadfield
David Hemblen ...
Dr. Killian
Ken James ...
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Nora Ballard ...
Jackie
Sarena Paton ...
Laura
Carmen Lishman ...
Older Girl
Christi Hill ...
Older Girl
Judith Orban ...
Teacher
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Storyline

Amy is only 13 years old when her mother is killed in an auto wreck in New Zealand. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life...that is until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when developers began tearing up a local forest. The eggs hatch and Amy becomes "Mama Goose". The young birds must fly south for the winter, but who will lead them there? With a pair of ultralight airplanes, Amy, her dad and their friends must find a way to do it... Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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A family of orphaned geese who lost their way. A 14 year old kid who will lead them home. To achieve the incredible, you have to attempt the impossible.


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Rated PG for an opening accident scene and some mild language | See all certifications »

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13 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Father Goose  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

JPY 44,470,850 (Japan) (13 December 1996)

Gross:

£3,121,394 (UK) (28 February 1997)
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Trivia

According to the credits, the military aircraft were from New York. The F-16s belonged to the 174th Fighter Wing of the New York Air National Guard, and the C-130Hs belonged to the 914th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve. They were not, however, located on the same base. The F-16s come from Syracuse, NY, and the transports were located at the time at Niagara Falls, NY. See more »

Goofs

After Tom runs outside in his underwear, the lace curtain is visible in his view of Amy's window. From inside the room, the curtain is pushed to the side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Thomas Alden: Amy? It's your dad.
Amy Alden: Dad?
Thomas Alden: I came down from Canada. I've come to take you home.
Amy Alden: Where's Mom?
Thomas Alden: Um...
Amy Alden: Mum died, didn't she?
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Crazy Credits

Amy's birds return the following year to Amy's surprise as she wakes up one morning. See more »


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Yakety Axe
Written by James Rich and Boots Randolph
Performed by Chet Atkins
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Beautifully Delicate

Following Toy Story comes Fly Away Home, another string to the increasingly large bow of children's films that adults can also enjoy. The story follows Amy, a 13-year-old New Zealand girl who is forced to live with her estranged father in Canada following a car crash that kills her mother. Amy becomes increasingly withdrawn and upset until she finds a collection of similarly orphaned goslings that she takes care of, nurturing them until they are ready to migrate to the southern United States.

The film could easily have fallen into the sappy ‘family film' category. However, it never lets itself, choosing to concentrate more on characters than moments. Amy's character, played with breathtaking maturity by Anna Paquin, is better developed and more complex than characters in most films aimed at adults. The supporting cast also flesh out their strong characters to make the whole film much more believable.

The cinematography is beautiful, the dusky-autumnal scenes are captured in an explosion of reds and yellows and oranges that seem to wash over you time and time again, and the final flight sequence is a wonderful closing to an incredibly refreshing film.


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