Fly Away Home-Special Edition

Directed By: Carroll Ballard Starring: Anna Paquin

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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.


Studio Sony
SKU 40155805
UPC 043396060463
UPC 14 00043396060463
Format DVD
Release Date 12/21/2004
Rating Rating
Family (General)
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note 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.
Rolling Stone "...One of the best movies around....Feisty, fun and lyrical..." 10/17/1996 p.142
Entertainment Weekly "...[Paquin] is lovely and grave....The flying sequences are gorgeous..." -- Rating: B 10/04/1996 p.45
Variety "...Engrossing....A richly composed, beautifully lit picture..." 09/02/1996
Los Angeles Times "...A pleasant and high-spirited affair, one of the rare films that manages to be irresistible without resorting to emotional blackmail..." 09/13/1996 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...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 p.33
Total Film "...Ballard is something of an expert in animal movies, but this semi-true tale is his most affecting work..." 12/01/2003 p.133
A.V. Club "FLY AWAY HOME adds a story about parenting and maturation that enriches Deschanel's stunning aerial photography." -- Grade: A- 04/08/2009
Carroll Ballard
Anna Paquin
Cast & Crew
Anna Paquin - Actor
Dana Delany - Actor
Deborah Verginella - Actor
Holter Graham - Actor
Jeff Daniels - Actor
Terry Kinney - Actor
Carroll Ballard - Director
Caleb Deschanel - Director of Photography
Mark Isham - Musical Score
John Veitch - Producer
Carol Baum - Producer
Robert Rodat - Screenplay
Vince McKewin - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 06046
UPC 00043396060463
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1997) Caleb Deschanel, Nominee, Best Cinematography
ReviewSource New York Times
Review The tender beauty of Carroll Ballard's Fly Away Home goes well beyond what might be expected from a movie about things that hatch... Ballard turns a potentially treacly children's film into an exhilarating '90s fable. It concerns family, ecology, adolescence and, above all (quite literally) geese. See it and you will never look at a down comforter in quite the same way.
Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Let me say up front that I have never been especially fond of Canadian geese... Now that I've made that admission, you might be surprised to learn that I actually liked the goose-fest, Fly Away Home. However, while there are geese aplenty here, the movie isn't so much about birds as it is about a lonely little girl and how, in pursuit of a common goal, she and her estranged father find one another... a warm drama that's more about love and trust between a father and daughter than inter-species connections. The result, even for geese-haters, is charming.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Daniels,Jeff
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Siskel & Ebert Two thumbs up. Way up!
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle ...inspired moviemaking.
Richard Schickel, Time Magazine Soaring! A hymn to the human spirit!

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