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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)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene of Amy in the field approximately 20 minutes into the movie is an homage (intended or not) to Andrew Wyeth's painting "Christina's World" See more »


After Amy bashes the game warden with the popcorn bowl, Susan pulls one of the goslings from his hand. She is still holding it when Amy gathers up all the other goslings and runs into the bathroom with them. 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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Produced by Mark Isham, John Jennings, and Mary Chapin Carpenter
Performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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User Reviews

Consistently drives grown men (& women) to tears
27 August 2000 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

A family film .. yes but certainly one that can be watched and watched again without the need for a licensing child. Jeff Daniels is superb as an eccentric father who takes on board his daughter after his estranged wife's death in a car accident. A strong supporting cast (including geese) are driven to support Amy's desire to assist a bunch of orphaned geese to maintain a wild existence. This involves teaching the geese to fly and leading them South by air. This journey for both the daughter coping with grief after the loss of her mother, the father in discovering his daughter once more and the geese in finding a new home for the Winter adds up to .. well tears and more tears.

Before you write this film off as "fantasy" take the time to watch the BBC's Life of Birds final part. There you meet a remarkable farmer from the US who is using a microlite to aid a few of the last remaining Whooping Cranes to re-establish migratory patterns.

In the UK the site of skeins of wild geese migrating in Winter form their Summer homes in Iceland and the Arctic circle is one of the last great wildlife dramas left on this small island. The views in Fly away Home of Amy's geese as they move in to join the hundreds of wild geese powering South capture this majesty. This story of a group of people who care about and assist this natural pattern may help reinforce some of the awe that we should all feel when confronted with these epic and annual journeys.

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