Taking Off


Taking Off

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A seriocomedic effort by Milos Forman depicting the plight of runaway children and their desperate parents, this is really a look a generational differences. Centering on a runaway girl, the story also tells the ways in which her flight has driven her parents into a new lifestyle that helps to shake up their staid lives.

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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
Tina Turner
as Herself
Ike Turner
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Taking Off

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

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

    Jun 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • An engaging, episodic, wonderfully fair-minded satire about runaway children and anxious adults.

    Jun 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It remains his [Milos Forman's] best film in and about America.

    Jun 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 15, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Foreman's particular ability is to make the ordinary look interesting. In Taking Off he succeeds.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Forman's first American film is an idiosyncratic and original take on the generation gap.

    Jun 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Taking Off

  • Apr 03, 2011
    really funny time capsule of the 70's. can be seen here http://megavideo.com/?v=62MLXWUG
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2008
    A lot of really fun scenes, but never amounts to much more than that.
    Tom S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2008
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2008
    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.
    cody f Super Reviewer

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