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Taking Off (1971)

Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone... See full summary »

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Milos Forman
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Nominated for 6 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynn Carlin ... Lynn Tyne
Buck Henry ... Larry Tyne
Georgia Engel ... Margot
Tony Harvey Tony Harvey ... Tony
Audra Lindley ... Ann Lockston
Paul Benedict ... Ben Lockston
Vincent Schiavelli ... Schiavelli
David Gittler David Gittler ... Jamie
Ike Turner Ike Turner ... Himself (as The Ike and Tina Turner Revue)
Tina Turner ... Herself (as The Ike and Tina Turner Revue)
Linnea Heacock ... Jeannie Tyne
Rae Allen ... Mrs. Divito
Frank Berle Frank Berle ... Committee Man
Philip Bruns ... Policeman (as Phillip Bruns)
Gail Busman Gail Busman ... Nancy Lockston
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Storyline

Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her, and in the process meet other people whose children ran away. With their children gone, the parents are now free to rediscover/enjoy life. Written by Dan Goldwasser <dang+@cmu.edu>

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Selected as an American Entry to the Cannes Film Festival

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

S.P.F.C. See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Georgia Engel's debut. See more »

Quotes

Ben Lockston: [to Larry, after Lynn has taken off the top of her dress] My compliments to the chef.
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Soundtracks

Ode to a Screw
Composed by Tom Eyen and Peter Cornell
Performed by Mary Jenifer Mitchell (uncredited)
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Underrated gem.
17 July 2003 | by jt1999See all my reviews

Milos Forman's first American release is part social satire, part farcical look at two morose, middle-class parents (Buck Henry, Lynn Carlin, both outstanding)

who begin to enjoy life only after their teenage daughter (sad-eyed Linnea

Heacock) runs away. At once funny and touching, Forman and veteran Bunuel

collaborator Jean-Claude Carriere ("Belle du Jour," "Diary of a Chambermaid") concoct a simple story of unexpected depth, a wry comedy that unfolds

gradually, gently lampooning marriage and family life while painting a sensitive portrait of the confused, disenfranchised youth scene of the 1960s. Forman

regular Vincent Schiavelli makes his debut here as a bell-bottomed marijuana

"expert," who carefully instructs a banquet hall full of clueless parents in the fine art of getting high. A young Kathy Bates and a spirited Carly Simon appear

briefly singing at a theatrical audition, while Georgia Engel and Audra Lindley turn in subtle, nuanced performances several years before their television

debuts on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Three's Company," respectively.

A beautifully observed, underrated gem.


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