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Fly Away Home (1996)

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

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Cast

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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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,708,044 (USA) (15 September 1996)

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$24,506,082 (USA) (12 January 1997)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Amy's fake nose ring was Anna Paquin's attempt at being humorously rebellious, to see what the crew would say if she had pierced her nose mid-shoot. She found the fake ring in a 'neat junky jewelry store' in Toronto, and got it for free. To her disappointment, her attempt at being rebellious was well-received, as Carroll Ballard decided to use the nose-ring gag in the film as well. See more »

Goofs

Although a radar (like the ASR-7 shown at the Air Force Base) can hypothetically detect a flock of birds and an ultralight, it's unlikely. Their low reflectivity and slow ground speed (the support boat said they were going 21 knots, about 25 mph), the radar would "reject" the returns as clutter. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Forsthaus Falkenau: Gefährliche Wette (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

10,000 Miles
Produced by Mark Isham, John Jennings, and Mary Chapin Carpenter
Performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Extraordinarily beautiful!
6 January 2005 | by (Mountains of Madness) – See all my reviews

This is poetic, emotional, breathtaking film-making blessed with a truly inspiring Mark Isham score. The theme song, "10,000 Miles", is achingly beautiful and is first used with intuitive irony over the film's opening credit sequence.

Anna Paquin is the little girl who, with her father, Jeff Daniels, "imprints" with a flock of young geese and leads them, via homemade aircraft, to a new home thousands of miles away.

The flight sequences, which combine real flying with computer-assisted imagery over rivers, pastures and cityscapes, are flawless. They capture the awe and staggering thrill of flight without ever resorting to unnecessary, contrived stuntwork.

Daniels, not a regular face on the silver screen these days, is natural and likable as Paquin's eccentric father while Paquin once again demonstrates what a brilliant talent she is.

The narrative builds to an exciting conclusion as the film's environmental theme is amplified.

Director Ballard, who also made the striking BLACK STALLION and the stark NEVER CRY WOLF, brings acute visual economy to every scene and never allows the film's underlying theme to become preachy.

Caleb Deschanel, the film's cinematographer, gives us flawless images that frequently drop the jaw.

A major achievement in a minor key.


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