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Away and Back (2015)

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Hostility turns into something else between a widowed farmer and a pushy ornithologist who came to his farm to save a family of swans.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Lee ... Jack Peterson
Minka Kelly ... Jennie Newsom
Maggie Elizabeth Jones ... Frankie Peterson
Jaren Lewison ... Kyle Peterson
Connor Paton ... Stretch Peterson
Stephen Miller Stephen Miller ... Box Elder
David Haysom ... Lars Hensel
Jarod Joseph ... Tim McMurray
Michaela Gilchrist Michaela Gilchrist ... Amanda Nethercott
Ryan Northcott ... Dr. John Betts
Chris Shields Chris Shields ... Ranger Lester Biggs
David LeReaney ... Sheriff
Bernard Starlight Bernard Starlight ... Concession Worker
Colton Short Colton Short ... Backhoe Driver
Roger LeBlanc Roger LeBlanc ... Man at Swan Centre
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When a rare swan lands on his farm, a widower and his 3 children must contend with the large large birds and the ambitious ornithologist who arrives to study them, a willful woman who is more interested in the avian family than the human one. Written by Regina Boggs-Robinette

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Lovely story, lovely actors, very lovely SWANS
9 December 2018 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

In Oregon State, Jack (Jason Lee) is a struggling widower of three kids. The youngest, a girl Frankie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones), misses her mother every day and the bedtime reading of her favorite book, The Trumpet of the Swans. Dad, most times, only has time for a chapter. Also, Papa tries to keep his kids busy, making their own lunches and doing household chores, as he operates his door making carpentry business. Meanwhile, a bird-biologist, Jennie (Minka Kelly) nurses a swan back to health from a gun shot wound. All too soon, the kids favorite pair of Trumpeter swans come back to the pond near their home and lay eggs. Frankie and her middle brother row out to take a look but get too close. The swans, very protective and fierce, break her brother's arm. Then, tragedy happens. A power line kills the mother bird and Frankie takes the eggs to incubate at home. Realizing she is over her head, she eventually gets Jennie on the phone. Seemingly very disturbed, Jennie comes and confiscates the eggs, lecturing the children about the endangered species and her job to protect it. However, after this initially gruff meeting, Jennie does let the children come see the three hatched cygnets. Plus, the children are thrilled when Jennie comes to place them back in "their" pond, as father swan is still there. Its not a simple task and stretches into weeks. As Jennie lives in a trailer close to the family, romance and a new beginning may be in the offing. Then, Frankie comes up missing just as the swans are migrating. Will she be found? This lovely film has it all, lovely cast, scenery, script, direction, and gloriously lovely SWANS. Go away to the store and bring it BACK NOW.


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