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Always (1989)

The spirit of a recently deceased expert pilot mentors a newer pilot while watching him fall in love with the girlfriend that he left behind.

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Pete Sandich and buddy Al Yackey are daredevil aerial forest-fire fighters. Pete finds True Love with Dorinda but won't give up the job. When he takes one risk too many, Dorinda faces deep grief and cannot easily put her life back together. Written by Reid Gagle

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They couldn't hear him. They couldn't see him. But he was there when they needed him... Even after he was gone.

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Fantasy | Romance

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22 December 1989 (USA)  »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

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$43,858,790 (USA)
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Trivia

Pete spiritually guiding Dorinda in the cockpit at the climax may have been influenced by the Roald Dahl short story "Only This". See more »

Goofs

When Al Yackey is in the jeep, talking after inhaling helium, he's holding the balloon and driving with his right hand. The next scene shows Pete and Dorinda talking in front of the jeep and Al driving right-handed without the balloon. See more »

Quotes

Pete Sandich: [starved for petrol, the #2 engine dies] Tanker 57 to tanker base. I've got a small inconvenience here.
Larry: Talk to me Pete.
Pete Sandich: I may have overestimated my fuel just a tad, but I can see the base from here and my right engine is fine, so I don't think there's going to be any...
[right engine splutters]
Pete Sandich: ... problem.
Larry: Pete, what do you need? What do you need?
Pete Sandich: [#1 engine finishes sputtering to a stop] Glider practice.
Larry: [rings the crash alarm and announces over the PA] We've got a situation here. We've got a ...
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Crazy Credits

On the Blu Ray release, at the very end of the end credits, there is a warning. It reads, in quotation marks: "Caution: Inhaling of helium from balloons is dangerous, and can cause serious injury or death." See more »

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BOOMERANG LOVE
Written and Performed by Jimmy Buffett
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Why I love the film Always...
4 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll just be honest here --- when I originally saw Always at the cinema in 1989, it was just a few months after my big brother passed away prematurely at the age of forty, and I'm not at all afraid to say that I cried like a baby. Like so many Americans, I have watched far too many films that i have taken to heart, but you know, Always is probably one of the final American films to ever really explore and display such deep human issues as unconditional love, mortality, and what a hero really is -- and isn't. It may be mushy, romantic, and a bit flawed, but I am proud that Spielberg made this bitter-sweet film -- I just saw it again and, if anything, it comes across as even more humane and honest in today's America of aggression, greed, and "relative" truth. If you've ever really, honestly, been so in love and committed to someone that you were willing to unconditionally put their needs before you own, or if you've ever lost anyone who meant the world to you, check it out. It changed my life when I first saw it because it made consider death in a new light... and it is about to totally change my life again as I have decided to live every moment for the rest of it as honest and decent and true to myself as possible --something that few of us today are willing to admit is lacking in our lives.


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