Fly Away Home (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fly Away Home (1996)



Critic Consensus: Well-acted and beautifully filmed, Fly Away Home offers heartwarming entertainment for moviegoers of all ages.

Movie Info

Carroll Ballard returns to the form of his 1979 classic, "The Black Stallion" with this heartwarming, stunningly photographed tale about a father and daughter who train a flock of abandoned geese to follow their ultralight planes from Canada to a winter home in North Carolina.more
Rating: PG (for an opening accident scene and some mild language.)
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Rodat, Vince McKewin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 29, 1997
Columbia TriStar


Jeff Daniels
as Thomas Alden
Anna Paquin
as Amy Alden
Dana Delany
as Susan Barnes
Terry Kinney
as David Alden
Holter Graham
as Barry Strickland
Jeremy Ratchford
as Glen Seifert
Deborah Verginella
as Amy's Mother
David Hemblen
as Dr. Killian
Ken James
as Developer
Carmen Lishman
as Older Girl
Judith Orban
as Teacher
John Friesen
as Smalltown Businessma...
Kevin Jubinville
as Military Police
Philip Akin
as Air Force Reporter
Gladys O'Connor
as Farm Woman
Dick Callahan
as Customs Inspector
Mark Wilson
as Reporter
Wendy Walsh
as Televison Anchor
Larry McCormick
as Television Anchor
Richard Saxton
as Television Anchor
Linden Chiles
as Television Anchor
Timm Zemanek
as Husband
Azura Bates
as Bratty Sister
Jonathan Bates
as Bratty Brother
Michael Vollans
as Bratty Brother
Michael Copeman
as Gun Shop Owner
John E. Nelles
as Tower Supervisor
Jeffrey W. Poulis
as Tower Operator
Christopher Lorenz
as Tower Operator
Melissa Tanti
as Dune Woman
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Critic Reviews for Fly Away Home

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (12)

The dynamic between Daniels' vigorous, if self-involved, artist father and Paquin's initially sullen, eventually self-discovering teenager is warmly and believably conveyed, with both thesps doing strongly individualistic work.

Full Review… | November 27, 2008
Top Critic

Anna Paquin proves again what an expressive, soulful actress she is, and Daniels' madcap dad is a winning study in hippy ingenuity and indefatigability.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The tender beauty of Carroll Ballard's ''Fly Away Home'' goes well beyond what might be expected from a movie about things that hatch.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

From bumbling infants to majestic adults, a flock hasn't been this charismatic onscreen since Hitchcock went bird-watching.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

It's a movie about dreamers that, for once, doesn't make you feel like a sap for buying into their dreams.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fly Away Home

I hadn't realized that this was based on a true story, but either way it's a good family drama with ducks. Yes, ducks. Father and daughter have to work together to raise these cute little ducklings. The actors are good, the story is good, and the ending is cool.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


In "Fly Away Home," a young girl named Amy (Anna Paquin), has to go live with her dad (Jeff Daniels) in Canada after her mom dies. She doesn't remember her dad or where he lives that well, so she's real lonely. That is, until she raises some geese. Like you might expect, these geese think Amy is their mom and they become VERY spoiled :-) . But that's not bad. The bad part is that winter is coming up and the geese have to somehow find out how to migrate to the South.
If you like family movies at all, I recommend getting "Fly Away Home." It's a good movie that has a great story to go along with it. It's not only about becoming friends with animals, it's a story about growing up and learning to adapt to new people and a new place to live. "Fly Away Home" also has good cinematography and the acting isn't bad either. Get this high-flyer before it flies away! NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. Good movie.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


A film that will steal your heart, with stunningly beautiful cinematography, and a great story Fly Away Home will up lift even the most cynical person

Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

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