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Taking Off (1971)

Taking Off (1971)

Taking Off




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Czech filmmaker Milos Forman's first American production stars Linnea Heacock as Jeannie Tyne, a runaway teenager. While she wanders aimlessly around New York, her suburban parents, Lynn (Lynn Carlin) and Larry (Buck Henry), desperately search for their "missing" daughter. Larry and his best friend, Tony (Tony Harvey), inaugurate a search, but their expedition is sidetracked by a drinking binge at a local bar. Meanwhile, Lynn and Tony's wife, Margot (Georgia Engel), begin discussing their sex lives. Jeannie does finally return home, to constant questioning by her parents about which drugs she has taken; later, after Lynn and Larry join a support group for the parents of runaway children, they turn around and get stoned on marijuana themselves during one of the group meetings, then lapse into a randy game of strip poker -- little realizing that their daughter is close at hand and within earshot. As a critically revered lampoon of late-'60s sensibilities, Taking Off is full of "unknown" Manhattan-based performers who became famous during the '70s and '80s, including Paul Benedict, Vincent Schiavelli, Allen Garfield, Audra Lindley, and, in fleeting roles as auditioning singers, Carly Simon, who performs "Long Time Physical Effects," and Kathy Bates (billed as Bobo Bates), who performs "Even the Horses Had Wings."more
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Guare, Jean-Claude Carriere, John Klein, Milos Forman
In Theaters:
Universal Pictures


Lynn Carlin
as Lynn Tyne
Buck Henry
as Larry Tyne
Linnea Heacock
as Jeannie Tyne
Audra Lindley
as Ann Lockston
Paul Benedict
as Ben Lockston
Rae Allen
as Mrs. Divito
Corinna Cristobal
as Corinna Divito
Barry del Rae
as Schuyler
Frank Berle
as Committee Man
Philip Bruns
as Policeman
Gail Busman
as Nancy Lockston
Robert Dryden
as Dr. Bronson
Madeline Geffen
as Committee Woman
Anna Gyory
as Ellen Lubar
Jack Hausman
as Dr. Besch
Herman Meeker
as SPFC President
Ultra Violet
as SPFC Member
Lillian Halpert
as SPFC Member
Sari Freeman
as Audition Singer
Jamie Freeman
as Audition Singer
Nina Hart
as Audition Singer
Michelle Scheideler
as Audition Singer
Debbie Robbins
as Audition Singer
Nancy Bell
as Audition Singer
Nancy Ferland
as Audition Singer
Jane Bedrick
as Audition Singer
Susan Chafitz
as Audition Singer
Meryl Schneiderman
as Audition Singer
Janie Rosenberg
as Audition Singer
Kay Beckett
as Audition Singer
Bobo Bates
as Audition Singer
Carly Simon
as Audition Singer
Mary Mitchell
as Audition Singer
Catherine Heriza
as Audition Singer
Shellen Lubin
as Audition Singer
Jinx Rubin
as Audition Singer
Caren Klugman
as Audition Singer
Ike Turner
as Himself
Tina Turner
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Taking Off

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Mr. Forman's specialty is tender farce played out in what are, essentially, very bleak circumstances.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

An engaging, episodic, wonderfully fair-minded satire about runaway children and anxious adults.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It remains his [Milos Forman's] best film in and about America.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
Village Voice
Top Critic

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Taking Off


really funny time capsule of the 70's. can be seen here


Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


This is a little gem from Forman's early days. I enjoyed it, although it gets a little long at times. It's good to see Lynn Carlin, too.

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer


A lot of really fun scenes, but never amounts to much more than that.

Tom S.

Super Reviewer

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