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328 Ratings

Taking Off

Directed by Miloš Forman
United States, 1971
Comedy, Drama, Cult


In this dark, affectionate, and rarely seen satire (Miloš Forman’s first feature made in the US), a husband and wife embark on a wild goose chase after their runaway daughter and wind up experimenting with the wild habits of youth counterculture.

Taking Off Directed by Miloš Forman

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1971 | Winner: Grand Prize of the Jury

BAFTA Awards

1972 | 6 nominations including: Best Actress

Writers Guild of America

1972 | Nominee: Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen (Screen)

Bodil Awards

1972 | Winner: Best Non-European Film

Critics reviews

Milos Forman’s first American film is one of his best, a hilarious satire of intergenerational strife, post-Woodstock counterculture, and middle-class conformism.
October 26, 2018
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The effect is that of a big, bustling world, speaking and singing through many voices. Taking Off feels like a movie made by a man who is both delighted and terrified by the mad, cacophonous country he’s come to.
April 15, 2018
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