Fly Away Home

Fly Away Home

Carroll Ballard (1996)

U Certificate


Our Score
No one captures the inspirational beauty of nature better than director Carroll Ballard, who also made Never Cry Wolf and the excellent Black Stallion. Based on a true story, this exhilarating picture gets off to a painful start with a fatal road accident. But the mood changes from despair to determination as Anna Paquin channels her grief into the rearing of some orphan goslings, learning to fly a microlight plane to guide her feathered family to its winter breeding ground. With selfless support from Jeff Daniels as Paquin's inventor father and from the geese themselves (stealing every scene, whether waddling comically or flying majestically), this impeccably photographed film is an unbounded delight.


A 13-year-old girl finds an abandoned nest of goose eggs and raises the chicks when they hatch. As winter approaches, the birds need to fly south, so she and her inventor father construct a light aircraft to lead the way. Family adventure, starring Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany and Terry Kinney.

Cast & Crew

Amy Alden Anna Paquin
Thomas Alden Jeff Daniels
Susan Barnes Dana Delany
David Alden Terry Kinney
Barry Strickland Holter Graham
Glen Seifert Jeremy Ratchford
Amy's mother Deborah Verginella
General Michael J Reynolds
Director Carroll Ballard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Tri-Star Films (UK)Guidance: Edited for language.Available on: video and DVD
Children's Drama