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Taking Off (1971)

Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lynn Tyne
... Larry Tyne
... Margot
Tony Harvey ... Tony
... Ann Lockston
... Ben Lockston
... Schiavelli
David Gittler ... Jamie
Ike Turner ... Himself (as The Ike and Tina Turner Revue)
... Herself (as The Ike and Tina Turner Revue)
... Jeannie Tyne
... Mrs. Divito
Frank Berle ... Committee Man
... Policeman (as Phillip Bruns)
Gail Busman ... Nancy Lockston
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Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life. Written by Dan Goldwasser <dang+@cmu.edu>

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Selected as an American Entry to the Cannes Film Festival

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28 March 1971 (USA)  »

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After the success of Easy Rider (1969), Universal Studios hit upon the idea to let young filmmakers make "semi-independent" films for low budgets in hopes of generating similar profits. The idea was to make five movies for low budgets (one million dollars or less), not interfere in the filmmaking process, and give the directors final cut. The other movies were: The Hired Hand (1971), The Last Movie (1971), Silent Running (1972), Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) and Minnie and Moskowitz (1971). See more »

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Schiavelli: Any other questions?
Ben Lockston: Uh, yes, uh, I think we all had, uh, drinks with, uh, dinner, uh... dope and, uh, the alcohol... mix?
Schiavelli: Oh, *they'll mix*.
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Referenced in Vzlomshchik (1987) See more »

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Let's Get a Little Sentimental
Composed by Mike Leander and Eddie Seago
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Underrated gem.
17 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Milos Forman's first American release is part social satire, part farcical look at two morose, middle-class parents (Buck Henry, Lynn Carlin, both outstanding)

who begin to enjoy life only after their teenage daughter (sad-eyed Linnea

Heacock) runs away. At once funny and touching, Forman and veteran Bunuel

collaborator Jean-Claude Carriere ("Belle du Jour," "Diary of a Chambermaid") concoct a simple story of unexpected depth, a wry comedy that unfolds

gradually, gently lampooning marriage and family life while painting a sensitive portrait of the confused, disenfranchised youth scene of the 1960s. Forman

regular Vincent Schiavelli makes his debut here as a bell-bottomed marijuana

"expert," who carefully instructs a banquet hall full of clueless parents in the fine art of getting high. A young Kathy Bates and a spirited Carly Simon appear

briefly singing at a theatrical audition, while Georgia Engel and Audra Lindley turn in subtle, nuanced performances several years before their television

debuts on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Three's Company," respectively.

A beautifully observed, underrated gem.


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