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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 overview, first billed only:
Thomas "Tom" Alden
David Alden
Barry Stickland
Glen Seifert
Deborah Verginella ...
Amy's Mother
General Hadfield
David Hemblen ...
Dr. Killian
Ken James ...
Nora Ballard ...
Sarena Paton ...
Carmen Lishman ...
Older Girl
Christi Hill ...
Older Girl
Judith Orban ...


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,708,044 (USA) (13 September 1996)


$24,506,082 (USA) (10 January 1997)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the film, Amy (played by Anna Paquin) was raised in New Zealand and then moved to Canada after her mother's death. In real life, Anna Paquin was born in Canada and raised in New Zealand. See more »


When Amy and Thomas are flying through the Baltimore skyline, the buildings are too tall to be any of the Baltimore skyscrapers (it's Toronto). See more »


[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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If you like William Bouguereau, you'll love this movie
12 January 2005 | by (Arkansas Ozarks) – See all my reviews

I don't have much in the way of feelings so usually stick to science.

An engineer by trade I used to subscribe to a "tecchie" aviation magazine. One issue had this incredible story by some kindly if eccentric Canadian folks who had raised a gaggle of baby geese, and you know the rest. Details of aviation aside, the story warmed my heart. Most Unusual.

A year or so later I took my kids to see "Flyaway Home" expecting a mildly entertaining nature documentary, like Disney's old "Prairie Dog Town" with an aviation twist.

What I saw was a superbly crafted and deeply touching little masterpiece. I was in tears by the end.

Metaphors of kindness aside, this film will touch any heart however hardened or scarred .

And the kids liked it too.

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