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Directed by: Milos Forman

Produced: 1971

Countries & Regions: United States

DVD Details

Certificate: 18

Studio: Park Circus

Length: 88 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 7 November 2011

Cat No: PC0036

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Taking Off

Cast: Buck Henry , Lynn Carlin , Georgia Engel , Paul Benedict , Audra Lindley , Vincent Schiavelli , Rae Allen , Linnea Heacock , Tony Harvey , David Gittler

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1970s comedy in which a couple find a new lease of life after their daughter goes missing. When teenager Jeannie Tyne (Linnea Heacock)... Read More


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1970s comedy in which a couple find a new lease of life after their daughter goes missing. When teenager Jeannie Tyne (Linnea Heacock) runs away from home, her parents, Larry (Buck Henry) and Lynn (Lynn Carlin), set out to look for her. In the process, however, they get distracted by socialising and binge drinking. Even when their daughter returns, they get high on cannibis at a support group meeting and engage in a game of strip poker.

When teenager Jeannie Tyne ‘takes off’ without a word, her baffled parents embark on a raucous journey not just to find her, but to understand the youth culture that seems to have claimed her. So begins Milos Forman’s first US film, a hippie-era classic that rivals Mike Nichols’ The Graduate as an astute exploration of how the late-sixties generation gap affected middle-class American mores (and surpasses that film for laugh-out-loud comedy).

Another link to the Nichols movie is Buck Henry - the mildly deviant person’s Jack Lemmon - as Jeannie’s stiff-collared father (Henry co-wrote and appeared in The Graduate). His deadpan versatility shines as he and Mrs Tyne (Lynn Carlin) submit to the counterculture; the scene where they join a group of similarly bemused parents to learn how to smoke a joint is one of the great comic set pieces of seventies’ American cinema. For all that, Taking Off feels like a very European film. One of its screenwriters is Jean-Claude Carriere, who the following year scripted Bunuel’s highly comparable The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.

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