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Taking Off

Taking Off (1971)

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100

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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88

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Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 613

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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

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Jean-Claude Carriere, Milos Forman

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (0)

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

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An engaging, episodic, wonderfully fair-minded satire about runaway children and anxious adults.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Forman's career pivot point between Prague's film-school halls and the Oscars podium is still a prime example of the way a foreign director can apply an outsider's perspective to something like Nixon's Amerikkka and draw blood.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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It remains his [Milos Forman's] best film in and about America.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Czech director Milos Forman applies subtle European sensibility to his American directing debut, a bittersweet satire of family mores and manners in times of change.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Forman's first American film is an idiosyncratic and original take on the generation gap.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
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At the time of its release, critics welcomed the Czech-born Forman's skewed perspective on a transitional period of American culture, but today the film, like so much else from the late 60s and early 70s, can best be appreciated as a historical curio.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Taking Off

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

http://megavideo.com/?v=62MLXWUG
April 3, 2011
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Stella Dallas

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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.
February 21, 2008
tsigur

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A lot of really fun scenes, but never amounts to much more than that.
July 1, 2009
smootysveen

Super Reviewer

Very original and could only be made in the 70's.It has a Maysles Brothers feel mixed with Formans everyman charaters. I thought the story was a little weak and not sure if it would get better with repeted viewing.
February 21, 2008
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