Taking Off (1971)

Taking Off (1971)




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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
Georgia Engel
as Margot
Audra Lindley
as Ann Lockston
Paul Benedict
as Ben Lockston
Vincent Schiavelli
as Schiavelli
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
Carrie Kotkin
as Laurie
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 (8) | Top Critics (4)

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

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.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013

Forman's first American film is an idiosyncratic and original take on the generation gap.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008

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.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
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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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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

Tom S.
Tom S.

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
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

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