Taking Off (film poster)

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

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