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FLY AWAY HOME

Family adventure.

"An animal, kid and family picture of the first order, "Fly Away Home" marks an impressive return to form for Carroll Ballard, his best work since "The Black Stallion" 17 years ago. An unexpectedly engrossing tale about an adolescent girl who raises a bunch of orphan goslings to maturity, then leads them on a migratory path by flying a homemade plane, the film could appeal, on different levels, to children and adults in equal measure….The stylistic rigor and careful rein on the drama is unfortunately not entirely matched by Mark Isham’s music, which is flavoursome at times but, at key moments, too often hits obvious and conventional notes in an effort to score easy emotional points that the film itself is trying to earn legitimately. Marie-Sylvie Deveau’s charming costumes fof Paquin nicely help externalise the girl’s slightly offbeat personality."
Todd McCarthy, Variety

"Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion, Never Cry Wolf, Wind), one of the world’s finest wildlife film directors, brings us this spirited and uplifting adventure drama of a young girl, played by Oscar-winner Anna Paquin (The Piano; Jane Eyre), who together with her dad (Jeff Daniels) and a pair of ultralight aircraft teach a flock of young geese how to fly and help them migrate to a lusher valley."
Peter S. James, freelance



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FLY AWAY HOME (PG)
(US)

CAST: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney, Holter Graham, Jeremy Ratchford

PRODUCER: John Veitch, Carol Baum

DIRECTOR: Carroll Ballard

SCRIPT: Robert Rodat, Vince McKewin, based on the autobiography by Bill Lishan.

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Caleb Deschanel

EDITOR: Nicholas C. Smith

MUSIC: Mark Isham

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Deamus Flannery

RUNNING TIME: 107 mins.

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia TriStar

AUSTRALIAN THEATRICAL RELEASE: December 12, 1996

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE: November 12, 1997

RRP: $24.95







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