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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>

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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

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,708,044, 15 September 1996

Gross USA:

$25,143,818

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,143,818
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the credits, the military aircraft were from New York. The F-16s belonged to the 174th Fighter Wing of the New York Air National Guard, and the C-130Hs belonged to the 914th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve. They were not, however, located on the same base. The F-16s come from Syracuse, NY, and the transports were located at the time at Niagara Falls, NY. See more »

Goofs

The number of birds in the flock is inconsistent. There are 17 eggs in the drawer when Amy opens it to check on them. Assuming all eggs survived, then there should be 17 birds (Igor plus 16). At some points in the early part of the film there are 14 chicks, at others 16 or 17. During the flying scenes, there are sometimes 14, 15 or as many as 16 birds following the ultralights. The end credits says 16 birds including Igor returned the following year. 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 »

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

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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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Consistently drives grown men (& women) to tears
27 August 2000 | by thenewcrossleysSee 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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