Fly Away Home

Synopsis: Amy is only 13 years old when her mother is killed in an auto wreck in New Zealand. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life...that is until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when developers began tearing up a local forest. The eggs hatch and Amy becomes "Mama Goose". The young birds must fly south for the winter, but who will lead them there? With a pair of ultralight airplanes, Amy, her dad and their friends must find a way to do it.
Director(s): Carroll Ballard
Production: Columbia TriStar
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


It's Dad.


Why are you here?

I came down from Canada.

I've come to take you home.

What do you mean?

- Well, I mean...

- Where's Mum?

Tell me.

Mum died, didn't she?

There was a foot of snow here

when I left.

I apologise for the mess.

I haven't had a...

I haven't had a chance to clean up.

I've been really busy with, you know,

this, that, the other thing.

I haven't done any work to speak of

on the house in nine years.

It'll be really nice

once it's all finished.

Trunk. I'll get the trunk.

Well, the bed looks nice.

I ran out of storage space

in the workshop.

I'll clear the junk out

in the morning.

- Make it just like you remember it.

- I don't.

You don't what?

Remember it.

I'm really tired.


Good night.

You didn't think I could fly, did you?

What did you think?

I wouldn't go and brag about it.

Oh, well, that's actually

a pretty good landing for me.

He's headed to a museum in Montreal.

I was thinking:

A goatee or clean-shaven?

Give him a beard.

Then he'll look like you.

I'm gonna be real busy.

I'm behind.

I gotta deliver him and...

I'm gonna be in the shop a lot.


I'm not a baby.

You don't have to hold my hand.

- What's that?

- I won an award for that.

From the Canadian Society

of Inventors. Not bad, eh?

- What is it?

- It's a refrigerator.

Very original.

Moo goo gai in a pan.

It's real easy to make.

It says so right here.

You like peanut butter? Remember,

it had a real peanutty taste?

- I'm not eating that.

- The peanut butter makes it good.

The peanuts, there's

an oil thing that happens.

Why is a spaceship in the barn?

That's the Lunar Lander.

Remember when I built that?

It was the winter... and your mom...

You and your mom left.

Remember, she thought

I was crazy for doing it.

I was too.

I had no money and a busted ankle.

Colder than hell.

But I just couldn't get over

that whole moon trip.

Why did you build it?

The Lunar Lander, think about it.

It's up there right now.

The original one.

They left it there. It's parked.

So we needed another one.

So I made an exact replica.

Yeah. Every home should have one.

I've been offered a lot for that.


You must be Amy.

I've heard a lot about you.

Hey, how you doing?

This is Susan, a friend of mine.

This is for you.

It's a welcome... Welcome.

Do you live here too?


Yes, I do.

Sometimes I do.

Excuse me.

So, what's cooking?

So! That went well.

- Clearing the corner,

fixing the bed, the flowers...

...and everything.

I mean, it's just great.

- No problem.

- We were really beat when we got back.

She's different

than I thought she'd be.

More complicated.

She used to travel all over

and tour with her mother.

Singing in a club in Tokyo.

A week later, recording in London.

They were on the move a lot.

Get out of here!

What do you think you're doing?

Hey! What do you think you're doing?

We haven't had the meeting yet!

We haven't voted!

You're totally illegal!

I'm gonna get a lawyer

and sue your ass!


Amy, look.

I'm sorry about that

but these people...

They want to build this development.

We've been fighting them because

it's going to ruin the community.

I don't care.

Yeah, well, okay. I just wanted

to explain it you. That's all.

I don't care about any of it.

I'm not going back to school anymore.

- I'd rather die than go back there.

- Amy.

Why did all this have to happen?

Who are you?

They were coming at me

through the frozen food section.

It was just truly awful.

Their lips were so blue.

- Oh, wow! You gotta be Amy.

- Yeah.

I gave you Silly Putty

for Christmas once. You ate it.

You remember, Tom?

She took a bite of a slipper once.

Swallowed it.

What's he doing here?

He's your uncle.

He's helping me catch up.

Tom uses me as his beast of burden.

I lug pig iron for Michelangelo.

- That's the bus.

- Dad, no.

- Books, shoes, hat, bag.

- No, no, Dad.

- Where's your bag?

- Wait, listen...

David's got the bag.

- Homework!

- Dad, I've got...

- We're coming. We're coming!

- Dad!

- Okay, go.

- Just wait a minute.

You're going to school. You belong

in school, every day. Period. Go!

- Go, go, go, go.

- Oh, Dad!

Today, I want to move on

to another important figure:

Sir Allan Napier McNab.

Sir Allan was elected... the Upper Canada

Legislative Assembly... 1830.

He was its speaker...

...from 1837 to 1840...

...while the Tories

were in the majority.

And he was the Prime Minister...

... of the United Colony...

... from 1854 until 1856...



Hey. How'd it go today?

- Quite awful, thank you.

- Sorry to hear that.

It'll be better tomorrow, I'm sure.

Susan and I are going to a meeting.

Uncle Dave is gonna stay

and feed you... you with your homework.

Math tonight, right?

- We'll be home by 10.

- Don't worry.

Be in bed by 8:

What, decimals? Fractions?

Math can be really fun.

It really can.

Call him on that!

By destroying the marsh, they've

accomplished their objective...

...which is, there's

nothing left to save.

It's a done deal.

And it's an outrage!

There are laws against this.

I want to know who amongst you

is going to enforce them?

The Chair recognises Sam Tufts.


...I'm proud to be one

of the "they" you speak of.

As a farmer, I don't have

the luxury of an outside income.

My land is part of the package

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Robert Rodat

Robert Rodat (born Keene, New Hampshire, 1953) is an American film and television writer and television producer. more…

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