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Fly Away Home
- Jeff Daniels

Overview - Carroll Ballard returns to the form of his earlier classics THE BLACK STALLION and NEVER CRY WOLF with this inspiring family drama about the human spirit's ability to tame and conquer nature. In Canada, 13-year-old Amy Alden (Anna Paquin) is having difficulty coping with her mother's recent death.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Carroll Ballard returns to the form of his earlier classics THE BLACK STALLION and NEVER CRY WOLF with this inspiring family drama about the human spirit's ability to tame and conquer nature. In Canada, 13-year-old Amy Alden (Anna Paquin) is having difficulty coping with her mother's recent death. To make matters worse, she is now forced to move in with her eccentric father, Thomas (Jeff Bridges). But everything changes when 12 orphan goslings hatch and Amy becomes their surrogate mother. Amy and the birds instantly bond, their relationship aiding the young girl's emotional state. However, the geese grow up fast, and Amy realizes that they must be sent out on their own. With the help of her father, Amy devises a preposterous plan to force the birds to migrate south, overcoming insurmountable odds--both human and natural--in the process. Ballard's film, based on Bill Lishman's autobiography, is a heartfelt, moving drama that is universal in its themes of love, hope, and determination. Paquin delivers another solid performance as Amy, proving her Oscar for THE PIANO was no fluke. What lifts FLY AWAY HOME to another plateau, however, is Caleb Deschanel's splendid cinematography, which captures the gorgeous landscape in a way that makes Amy's final journey even more miraculous.

Cast List

Caleb Deschanel - Director/Director of Photography
Carroll Ballard - American Director
Robert Rodat - Screenwriter
Mark Isham - Composer, WATERWORLD (1995)
Anna Paquin - Oscar winning Actress, THE PIANO
Seamus Flannery - Art Director\"Wicker Man"
Nicholas C. Smith - Editor
Jeff Daniels - American Actor, SOMETHING WILD (1986)
Dana Delany - American TV/Film Actress, CHINA BEACH
Holter Graham - Actress - SPIN THE BOTTLE
John Veitch - co-producer BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA
Carol Baum
Vince McKewin - THE REPLACEMENTS

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 107
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396060463
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: March 2004

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Movies > Action/Adventure

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Adventure
Family Interaction
Teenage
True Story
Children
Animals
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Reviews:
"...One of the best movies around....Feisty, fun and lyrical..." - 10/17/1996 Rolling Stone, p.142


"...[Paquin] is lovely and grave....The flying sequences are gorgeous..." -- Rating: B - 10/04/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.45


"...Engrossing....A richly composed, beautifully lit picture..." - 09/02/1996 Variety


"...A pleasant and high-spirited affair, one of the rare films that manages to be irresistible without resorting to emotional blackmail..." - 09/13/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F1


"...A splendid fantasy....Visually uplifting, and the story is quirky enough and the dialogue so fresh and well-acted that this film rises above its genre..." - 09/13/1996 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33


"...Ballard is something of an expert in animal movies, but this semi-true tale is his most affecting work..." - 12/01/2003 Total Film, p.133


"FLY AWAY HOME adds a story about parenting and maturation that enriches Deschanel's stunning aerial photography." -- Grade: A- - 04/08/2009 A.V. Club

 
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