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Fly Away Home

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
7.75 /10
Thomas Alden .......... Jeff Daniels , Amy Alden ............. Anna Paquin , Susan Barnes .......... Dana Delany
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Directed by: Carroll Ballard
Written by: Robert Rodat and Vince McKewin . Based on the autobiography by Bill Lishman

Released: 1996
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 110

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"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. There are individual shots here almost worth the price of admission: Amy on a lawn tractor, leading a parade of geese; the father soaring in his experimental planes, which always seem to land in semi-controlled crashes; Amy and her dad setting off across Lake Ontario; and a stunning shot in which the towers of Baltimore materialize from the mist, and office workers see the little girl and her geese flying past their windows. Of course at the end of their flight awaits another evil property developer and more monstrous bulldozers, and the movie supplies an artificial deadline (if geese don't turn up to use their winter quarters by Nov. 1, the trees fall). That sort of contrivance is obligatory, I guess. What I will remember is the photography, and the bliss (just this side of madness) with which the Jeff Daniels character invents his foolhardy schemes."
(Roger Ebert)
"A beautiful movie about a 13-year-old girl's relationship with her father end with a collection of Canada geese. The film features no commercial tie-ins, no drink glasses to pick up at McDonald's, no dolls to buy, just a sense of joy over the beauty of God's creation. And the movie is far superior to such huge commercial successes as 101 Dalmatians and Toy Story, which only pretend to take an interest in children in order to peddle related merchandise... As the film moves toward its conclusion, director Carroll Ballard tosses in a few excessive plot developments involving massive television coverage of the flight south and an encounter with an irate Air Force commander. But these are small concessions made to conventional movie-making, and don't detract much from a film that knows when and what to celebrate."
(James M. Wall,Christian Century)

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