Fly Away Home

1996
6.8| 1h47m| PG| en| More Info
Released: 13 September 1996 Released
Producted By: Columbia Pictures
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Synopsis

Amy is only 13 years old when her mother is killed. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life... until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when a local forest is torn down. The eggs hatch and Amy becomes "Mama Goose". When Winter comes, Amy, and her dad must find a way to lead the birds South...

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Director

Carroll Ballard

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Columbia Pictures

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Stevecorp Don't listen to the negative reviews
StyleSk8r At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
Humaira Grant It’s not bad or unwatchable but despite the amplitude of the spectacle, the end result is underwhelming.
Arianna Moses Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
BelmaresJodene I saw this film a few months ago and I did not like it. Where do i start the storyline is just about as dull as you can get. The only thing that saved this from getting a one was the fairly good acting. The story is simple a teenage girl loses her mother in a car crash, she goes to the hospital and is picked up by her estranged father. then she tries to isolate from the rest of the world but what really made me mad about this movie is how bratty, rude annoying and stuck up she was, and the whole geese thing was way overdone. Another thing that annoyed me was that stupid little chant she kept on doing. She also was not very bright she refused to go to school she flew some kind of glider even though she knew she could not fly it. If you are looking for a movie to watch I strongly suggest you stay away from this one. final evaluation 3/10.
Sandol70 There is already written a lot about the story of Fly Away Home, so I'm not going to repeat my previous reviewers.I have watched the movie for the first time on German TV in 1998, by chance I zapped into the movie and stayed there, mesmerized, fascinated, enchanted by its magical richness of animal (goose) beauty and lush landscape cinematography. When the film ended, I had a lump of emotion in my throat for several days. Something changed deep inside of me, namely the perception of nature, animals, birds, specifically of wild geese. Something made click inside my mind, and since then I adore geese very deeply. Before the movie, geese were of no special interest to me, oh how ignorant I was! As a matter of fact, my love is so deep and the movie inspires me so much that I want get my own geese.Fly Away home's cinematography and script is performed what I can describe as silent, calm, quiet and serene, but never lengthy; is performed suspense-packed, but never thriller-like. Romantic, but never corny or cliché. Close to life itself and nature, but never overcharged with exaggerated eco-messages. In short, a perfect mixture of all the elements that make a movie worthwhile.The landscape shots are very idyllic (Oscar nomination on this movie for cinematography) and you begin to long and crave for a life on the country-side, away from it all, the boisterous cities and its citizens with their insignificant problems of their everyday lives. When Amy is flying in her ultralight airplane, leading the flock of geese as their surrogate mother, then you can see that the problems on land, down there, are small and trivial. That is where the geese show us how life is meant to be, more simple, more straight-forward, and peaceful. Brilliant.And the film music, the fantastic movie score composed by Mark Isham, transports all the previous mentioned qualities and features in a perfect manner. The introductory song, 10,000 Miles by Mary Chapin Carpenter and co-composed by Mark Isham, is a real tearjerker of the special kind. This song alone summarizes what this movie is all about. Love, friendship, a deep bond among humans and animals, care for nature, peace, freedom and to never give up no matter what. The track expresses Amy's love to her family, and at the same time, the love between Amy and the wild geese. I cannot watch the movie without a package of Kleenex, and I'm male and an adult, a child at heart. I believe everyone has this ability, we just have to show it more often, and this movie can help to release the inner child in all of us.There is no lukewarm love story in Fly Away Home which is a big plus, if at all, it's only presented very subtle and unobtrusive. There have to be more movies like this to prevent a shallow development in our society, but I digress. The main focus of attention is clearly on the geese, who out-act all human actors with feathery ease. Bravo! Please, more movies like this! There are, to my knowledge, only a handful of movies where script, cinematography, directing, music, dialogs and actors come together and are mixed in this perfection.I can only recommend this movie to anyone who still believes in his or her dreams and wants to realize them. This movie supports you there and makes your imaginations soar, literally. As for my part, I'm checking out where I can get geese and how I have to keep them and gain their amazing friendship, deep bond and love. One of the most fascinating movies Hollywood has ever done, Oscar-nominated, and rightly so. Big kudos. Seal of approval: Highly recommended!
maxinux This is one of my favorite movies, and has been for most of my life. I have one question I've been trying to solve forever! I can't post to the message boards because I am uncomfortable giving IMDb personal information to authenticate, but maybe someone could post an answer for me? The question is this: Aren't those earrings that Amy gets from Jeff's partner stunning? I've been searching for them for years. Does anyone know where I might get a pair? Thank you so much!Otherwise, the movie is beautiful, well-scored, stirring, breathtaking. I was enchanted as a little girl and I still watch it whenever I need a pick me up. It is a perfect film to watch with your children. I find it inspiring. Really, check it out.
pawleydeitra I just finished watching "Fly away Home" on youtube and I had forgotten how sweet the film was not the disgustingly sweet stuff you get with some films,but genuinely sweet and poignant.Anna Paquin plays Amy Alden a young girl who lost her mother and goes to live with her Dad played by Jeff Daniels from "Dumb and Dumber" and "Because of Winn Dixie". She hatches and raises a flock a geese all by herself. The soundtrack is excellent and the song "1000 Miles" is one of the best songs I have heard in a movie . At times I was tearing up,this film is based on a true story,but it is in no way a boring documentary. When Amy and her father lead the geese south is one of the best parts of the movie . The Canadian scenery is excellent .All in all this is a very good film