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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.

Director:

Carroll Ballard

Writers:

Bill Lishman (autobiography), Robert Rodat (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Thomas Alden
Anna Paquin ... Amy Alden
Dana Delany ... Susan Barnes
Terry Kinney ... David Alden
Holter Graham ... Barry Strickland
Jeremy Ratchford ... Glen Seifert
Deborah Verginella Deborah Verginella ... Amy's Mother
Michael J. Reynolds ... General
David Hemblen ... Dr. Killian
Ken James Ken James ... Developer
Nora Ballard Nora Ballard ... Jackie
Sarena Paton Sarena Paton ... Laura
Carmen Lishman Carmen Lishman ... Older Girl
Christi Hill Christi Hill ... Older Girl
Judith Orban 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for an opening accident scene and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Father Goose See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,708,044, 15 September 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,506,082, 12 January 1997
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the true story of William Lishman's and Joseph Duff's experiments on migrating birds. Lishman and Duff provided actual "imprinted" birds for the making of the film, as well as the actual aircraft used. See more »

Goofs

When Thomas's plane crashes and Amy lands alongside, she is not wearing her nose ring. When she is shown back in the air, she is wearing her nose ring. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The phrase "holy shit" has been removed from UK versions. See more »


Soundtracks

Yakety Axe
Written by James Rich and Boots Randolph
Performed by Chet Atkins
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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A great movie
5 June 2004 | by budandlou258See 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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