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A romantic adventure about a legendary pilot's passion for dare-devil firefighting and his girl.



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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.


Fantasy | Romance


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Release Date:

22 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Siempre  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)


$43,858,790 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the training base in the movie was supposedly in Colorado, actual filming occurred at the Ephrata, WA Municipal Airport which is a former WWII B-17 training base. Many of the hangars at the airport are original from that era, and evidence of the base is still visible - foundations for buildings, plumbing, the roads and even rock lined walks to the foundations still exist unchanged in the desert. When John Goodman was doused with fire retardant, he was sitting on top of one of a series of earthen bunkers, and walking around the airport you can still see the red retardant stains on the earth. Dorinda's house was a shell built for the movie and sits abandoned at the airport edge. Overall a very interesting place to visit as everything is very well preserved in the desert. See more »


When Pete begins his dive to put out the fire in Al's aircraft he first retards the throttles, the correct procedure to start a dive like that, but you hear the engine RPM increase at the same time. After entering the dive the engine RPM would increase due to aerodynamic effects on the propellers, but this would only begin after entering the dive not while still in level flight. See more »


Ted Baker: Well, I'll tell ya there, missy. You sure do look purty when you're angry. Wah-huh.
Dorinda Durston: Oh, so you do impressions?
Ted Baker: Well, just that one.
Dorinda Durston: Uh-huh. Who was it?
Ted BakerPete Sandich: [astounded] Who was it?
Dorinda Durston: Was it James Stewart?
Pete Sandich: What are you, kidding me? Who did you think it was, Henry Fonda?
Ted Baker: Well, I'll tell ya there, little missy, you sure do look purty when you're angry! Wah-huh!
Dorinda Durston: Henry Fonda.
Ted Baker: John Wayne! Don't you know John Wayne?
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Written and Performed by Van Morrison
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Minor Classic
12 February 2001 | by (Lake Butler, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a feel good romantic comedy that will be in movie viewers libraries for years to come. Great cast lead by Richard Dreyfuss and well supported by Holly Hunter and John Goodman. Throw in a glimpse of Audrey Hepburn, and you have the making of another fine movie from Steven Spielberg. "Always" has all the ingredients to become a minor classic with staying power. I rated this 8.

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