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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Sarena Paton ...
Laura
Carmen Lishman ...
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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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Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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Nine years after they played father and daughter in Fly Away Home (1996), Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin filmed a sex scene together for The Squid and the Whale (2005). Daniels said in interview at the time that the way they coped with filming the sex scene was by trying "not to think about...you know, geese." 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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10,000 Miles
Produced by Mark Isham, John Jennings, and Mary Chapin Carpenter
Performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter
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A great movie
5 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie in theaters with my dad. When we left he said, "It makes you want to go buy a little airplane, doesn't it?" It did. I loved this movie, the music especially. I was saddened to find that they didn't release a soundtrack.

While a little folksy, it is nevertheless a funny and heartwarming story about a girl's relationship with her father in a home she is struggling to remember. Amy is trying to cope with her mother's death, then has to move halfway across the world and get used to new family members, her father's workaholic bachelor life, and her father's girlfriend. Just as she is ready to give up, she becomes the mother to fifteen abandoned Canadian geese. Her father and friends put together an elaborate scheme to teach the geese to fly and chaos ensues as Amy and her father lead their flock south for the winter. A touching story of life and love. I recommend it highly.


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