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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  »

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Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)


$43,858,790 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The incident where Dorinda mistakes Ted's John Wayne imitation as Henry Fonda actually occurred between Holly Hunter and Brad Johnson during filming. Steven Spielberg found the incident so comical that he reproduced this in the final movie. 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 »


Dorinda Durston: he sees this building on fire and then just outside of town is this reservoir, so what he does is...
Ted Baker: He takes a plane, he goes over the reservoir, fills it with water, dumps it, puts the fire out.
Dorinda Durston: No! He missed. He hit the post office next door. Knocked it on its ass! It took him three tries. The town was awash; the groceries were burned. It was fire, flood and famine. If he could have managed plague, it would have been the four horsemen of the apocalypse in one PBY. I mean he was unique.
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Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by The Coasters
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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If you have ever had a loss, this is the one for you!
23 July 2003 | by (Tracy, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I lost my husband suddenly about 2 years ago. I first watched this movie about 10 years ago and I enjoyed it. Then, I watched it last night again. This time, it was much more personal to me, and I still enjoyed it,only in a different way. The relationship between Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss was portrayed wonderfully. The selfishness he felt when seeing her and Ted together for the first time was so very honest and painful. The pain she feels at moving on with her life, the love and concern John Goodman shows her, the uncertainty of her future and the way she will handle it kept me on the edge of my seat. The emotions were so real and many of them were the same ones I have felt over the past 2 years. The scene where Dorinda dances alone yet with Pete simply sent me to the tissues. When she is putting out that last fire, and is contemplating the rest of her life alone hit home as well. I cried for almost the entire movie this time. The actors portrayed their characters as real as can be, and I truly felt their pain and confusion. I read the book years ago and I feel that this is one of the few times the movie is as good as the book. This time after watching it, I actually was able to find a little peace in my life situation. If you have ever suffered a major loss in your life, I wholeheartedly recommend this movie- even if you haven't, the acting, the script and the movie as a whole gets a 9.0 in my book. Keep a box of kleenex nearby.

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