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Fly Away Home (Special Edition)
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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 Pictures Home Ent Release Date: 12/21/2004 Starring: Jeff Daniels Dana Delany Run time: 108 minutes Rating: Pg Director: Carroll Ballard

There are some filmmaking teams that invariably bring out the best in each other, and that's definitely the case with director Carroll Ballard and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel. They previously collaborated on The Black Stallion and Never Cry Wolf, and Fly Away Home is their third family film that deserves to be called a classic. Inspired by Bill Lishman's autobiography, the movie tells the story of a 13-year-old girl (Anna Paquin) who goes to live with her estranged, eccentric father (Jeff Daniels) following the death of her mother. At first she's withdrawn and reclusive, but finds renewed happiness when she adopts an orphaned flock of baby geese and, later, teaches them to migrate using an ultralight. Sensitively directed and stunningly photographed, the movie has flying sequences that are nothing short of astonishing, and Daniels and Paquin (Oscar winner for The Piano) make a delightful father-daughter duo. (Ironically, the digital video disc is not available in widescreen format, but the image quality is brilliant.) --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now, this one I loved. The begining is sad though. Worth the $20 or $30 dollars it costs. So good. A girl tries to help 8 orphan baby geese and lead them south. Very cute. Full of laughs and fun the whole way through....more info
  • A Rare gentleness and Beauty, inspires the heart and spirit
    This film is so magnificent and beautiful, I don't know where to start. Fly Away Home is filled with love, hope, and paints a picture of utter simplicity--if you open your heart to care about all living things, It gives your life a purpose and direction--miracles happen. with love, all things are possible, and this is a true and inspiring story of the power of love and a dream. This story has really touched me, and my mom too. The Father-Daughter connection is so beautiful, I know that that honesty and a gift.The father is so loving, and he really loves his daughter--together, they fly away home, and do the impossible: Flying with the 13 geese to a safe habitat. What I like best is that this is a true story--I think that the message of living in the passion of life, trying with all your heart, and believing in your dream, wearing your heart on your sleeve--is truly timeless. anything is possible with love, and only love can accomplish what some see as impossible. The connection between the girl and her dad, and how much she wants to see them fly home--Inspiring, uplifting, and gave me a lot of hope, to dare to dream. ...more info
  • A great family movie: two wings up!
    Thirteen-year-old Amy (Anna Paquin) is reunited with her father Tom (Jeff Daniels) in Canada after her mother's death. One day she discovers a nest of abandoned gooose eggs and starts to raise the birds when they hatch. The hatchlings need to migrate south for the winter, but have no adult birds to guide them. Luckily Tom is mechanically skilled and loves to tinker with things like gliders. Father and daughter train the birds to follow them in ultralights, and lead their winter migration, breaking more aviation rules and regulations than I could count.

    This is a great family movie (except for a bit of language) for those who like nature, animals, or girl power. It's one of the few films with a direct reference to the Bernoulli principle. The flying scenes really make you feel like you're along for the ride. Two wings up. ...more info
  • The Birds
    This drama about a father/daughter relationship showed some promise in the beginning with a couple of tense scenes, but unfortunately the movie became more and more predictable and uninteresting as it went along. The main plot is about a 13 year old girl (Anna Paquin) whose pets consist in a bunch of baby geese. Problem is, as the geese grow up they will have to find their own way and fly away, so the girl and her father (Jeff Daniels) try to help the birds and end up guiding them to a safe place. Basically a feel-good-movie, "Fly Away Home" lacks dramatic tension, surprising situations and a solid plot. As it is, this drama is just a piece of harmless fluff with some pretty images and lots of boring scenes that seem endless and repetitive. The acting is competent and Carroll Ballard`s direction is equally decent, but overall this cinematic experience is way too lifeless, patchy and predictable. Children may like it, though, still this is nothing more than a cliched and unconvincing family movie.

    Well-intended but not very challenging....more info

  • Fly Away Home
    Not only "Family Friendly" but a great classic to have in your collection.
    Adults and children can enjoy this movie! A full five stars, indeed.

    ASIN:B00005LK94 Fly Away Home (Special Edition)]]...more info
  • This movie makes my dad cry
    And it's not just him. This movie came up amongst my friends in college and every female in the room said that their father KEPT watching this movie and they ALWAYS cried. Sort of brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "empty nest."

    This movie is about Anna, who, after her mother's death in a car crash (Anna was also in the car), is sent to live with her slightly eccentric inventor father in Canada. He means well, but he just makes absolutely no sense to Anna. It is an exagerated case of "my dad is so weird" that any teenager can identify with. Meanwhile, the idea of a teenage girl is so foreign to her dad that the more he tries to bond, the more she stomps away.

    Into the story comes a band of orphaned Canadian geese that Anna nurtures. They imprint her as their mother, so she more or less trains them. The only problem is that they must fly south for the winter, and Anna is their only role model. Luckily, she has a dad who builds space shuttles for fun. Suddenly, he has a way to connect with her and she has a reason to trust him.

    Though it sounds sort of hokey, this movie that never delves into complete pathos. Instead, it is frequently quite funny and always touching. If you are looking for a father's day present, this is ideal. Just make sure to keep some tissues handy....more info

  • Two Thumbs Up, Way Up!
    We agreed with Siskel and Ebert: Two Thumbs Up ... Way Up! Sorry it took us so long to watch this truly inspirational family movie. This proves that there are stories out there that are suitable for viewing by the whole family and are not sappy! Loved every minute of this film....more info
  • Fly Away Home
    I received this movie for Christmas. I've seen it several times and just love it! The DVD was in excellent condition!!!...more info
  • Gorgeous, simple family film has so many perfect elements it's hard to accept it's a true story
    Just like it's hard to remember that "Rudy" is based on a true story - what with the climactic scene being the sight of the ultimate long-shot being carried off the Notre Dame football field to resounding cheers, it's almost impossible to believe that "Fly Away Home" is based on a true story.

    But it is.

    The always-reliable Jeff Daniels plays Tom Alden, a Canadian inventor/tinkerer. His ex-wife is killed in car crash, but his precocious daughter Amy (Anna Paquin, also excellent) survives. Tom takes her in, and soon Amy becomes attached to a gaggle of orphaned Canadian Geese. They adopt her as her mother, and soon she can't walk anywhere without an adorable caravan of stumbling, bumbling goslings. Penguins may be the most adored birds, but these geese give them a run for their money.

    Steadfastly refusing to clip their wings, the Aldens confront the fact that these are migratory birds. What to do, when Amy can't teach them to fly? The answer is simple - build two ultralights and guide them to a bucolic-yet-threatened bird sanctuary in North Carolina.

    This is quite simply a wonderful family film where the heroes are straightforward, good-hearted people and the villains, if there are any, aren't all that bad either. Adapted from Bill Lishman's autobiography, the movie strikes true note after true note.

    This shouldn't be a surprise - the director is Carroll Ballard, who directed the delightful "Black Stallion" and "Never Cry Wolf." Chief cameraman Caleb Deschanel creates a magical visual storyboard, replete with the most wonderful shots of flying birds this side of "Winged Migration."

    Put "Fly Away Home" in the pantheon of Great Family Films - it will always have a home there....more info
  • Family freindly movie
    I knew about this movie for a long time. We had a copy on VHS when our sons were small. Now that we have granddaughters, I wanted a replacement.
    Jeff Daniels is known for comedy, but he takes on a serious role and does an excellent job! Dana Delaney and Anna Paquin are also very good. This movie shows what can be done if you really want to. Anna finds some eggs in a construction site, takes them home and hatches a flock of geese and trouble.
    A very touching story for everyone!
    Rod Larimore...more info
    LEFT US WITH A GOOD FEELING ....more info
  • Young girl and dad help young geese fly south for the winter
    The story of "Fly Away Home" is fairly predictable, in that we know full well that young Amy Alden (Anna Paquin) is going to persuade her father, Thomas (Jeff Daniels), to come up with a way of teaching a flock of adopted goslings how to fly and get them to a winter refuge in North Carolina. But predictability is not always a deterrent to a film being enjoyable or even inspirational, and you have to pity someone who cannot enjoy watching a bunch of baby geese running after Anna Paquin, convinced that she is there mother and therefore responsible for imprinting on them what they need to learn to survive. Besides, for what is ostensibly a children's film this one opens with a rather shocking scene, where we see a fatal car accident during the open credits while listening to a gentle melody. If there is anything that indicates this is more than your usual predictable children's film, this would be it.

    If there is a flaw in "Fly Away Home" it is that the relationship between daughter and father takes a back seat to the story of the geese, so that the pathos that exists there is almost lost in the flapping of wings (but there is a nice moment and a good line when the father tells his daughter why he know what she can do it). They two have been estranged by distance (he returned to Canada while his wife and daughter lived in New Zealand), and living together is not improving things. He is an eccentric artist and inventor who cannot figure out how to connect with a living human being until the geese that come between them bring them together.

    Fortunately, dad is spared the role of being the villain, because there are land developers at both ends of the flight and a wild life officer who knows what the rulebook says about domesticated geese. But those are just minor hurdles to the idea of flying 600-miles in four days in an ultra-light plane for Amy to lead her geese to their promised (wet) land. Yes, the idea that the clock is ticking and that bulldozers are ready to roll in North Carolina is all a bit much, but then there are moments, like when the ultra-lights and geese fly through the skyscrapers of Baltimore than just about take your breath away.

    I was not aware until after I watched the film that director Carroll Ballard and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel had previously collaborated on "The Black Stallion," but that certainly makes sense because both films are perfectly willing to let pictures exist without dialogue. The other commonality is that "Fly Away Home" is another film that adults can enjoy just as much as the kiddies....more info