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Fly Away Home (1996)

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Release Date
• USA: Sep 13, 1996
DVD Release Date
• R1: Apr 29, 1997
• R2: 9 Sep 2002

MPAA Rating
Rated PG for an opening accident scene and some mild language.

Running Time
1 hour, 47 minutes

Country USA

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Other Titles
• Fly Away Home
• Father Goose (1996)
• Flying Wild (1996)

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Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Animals, True Story, Teenage, Coming Of Age, Tragedy

Tagline: 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.

Plot: 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. Making matters worse is that 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

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 Directed by
Carroll Ballard
The Black Stallion, Never Cry Wolf, Duma
 Written by
Robert Rodat
Saving Private Ryan, The Patriot, Tall Tale
Jeff Daniels
Speed, Dumb & Dumber, Pleasantville
Anna Paquin
X-Men, Almost Famous, X2
Dana Delany
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Terry Kinney
Sleepers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Firm
Holter Graham
Maximum Overdrive, Hairspray, Two Evil Eyes
Jeremy Ratchford
Angel Eyes, The Stupids, The Crew
 Music By
Mark Isham
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