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.
- Lynn Carlin - Lynn Tyne
- Buck Henry - Larry Tyne
- Georgia Engel - Margot
- Tony Harvey - Tony
- Audra Lindley - Ann Lockston
- Paul Benedict - Ben Lockston
- Vincent Schiavelli - Schiavelli
- David Gittler - Jamie
- Ike Turner - Himself
- Tina Turner - Herself
- Linnea Heacock - Jeannie Tyne
- Rae Allen - Mrs. Divito
- Frank Berle - Committee Man
- Philip Bruns - Policeman (as Phillip Bruns)
- Gail Busman - Nancy Lockston
- Carly Simon - Audition Singer
- Kathy Bates - Audition Singer (as Bobo Bates)
- Shellen Lubin - Audition Singer
- Shelley Ackerman - Audition Singer
- Lois Dengrove - Audition Singer
- Bonnie Marcus - Audition Singer