Taking Off (film)

Taking Off

Directed by Miloš Forman
Written by Jean-Claude Carrière
Miloš Forman
John Guare
John Klein
Starring Lynn Carlin
Buck Henry
Distributed by Universal Pictures (1971, original)
Park Circus
Carlotta Films (under license from Universal Pictures) (2011, Blu-Ray DVD)
Release dates
  • March 28, 1971 (1971-03-28) (New York City)
Running time
93 mins
Country United States
Language English

Taking Off is a 1971 American comedy film. It was Czech director Miloš Forman's first American film. It tells the story of a group of parents whose children have run away from home. The parents take the opportunity to rediscover their youth.

It features a number of set pieces, including an open-mic record label audition which is woven throughout the film, featuring a number of female singers (including a young Carly Simon and an acoustic ballad by a then-unknown Kathy Bates) performing old standards, folk ballads, and rock songs; a meeting in which a group of generally middle-class conservative parents are taught how to smoke marijuana; and a raucous game of strip poker played by the adults.

It was written by Forman in collaboration with John Guare, along with Jean-Claude Carriere and John Klein.

Part of the movie also takes place at a Tina Turner concert.



The film won the Grand Prix at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Taking Off was released to Blu-ray Disc on by British company Park Circus on November 7, 2011 as a Region-2 widescreen Blu-ray Disc and by Gaumont (with Carlotta Films as home video distributor) on March 23, 2011 as a Region-0 widescreen Blu-ray Disc.

See also


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Taking Off". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-04-13.
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