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
Some 500 people from nearby Libby, Montana were recruited for the film as extras to act as wildland firefighters. See more »
When Al's engine catches fire, he is heard saying "My engine's on fire, you believe that?" while it is clear that the actor is saying "you believe that shit?" In fact, you can still hear the "sh" sound from the cut-out profanity at the end of the spoken line. See more »
[Ted is hearing Pete's words in his head as his own thoughts]
What'll it be?
Extra dry vodka martini. Don't forget the olive.
Root beer. Don't forget the olive.
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Positive review of movie, comparing and contrasting to Ghost
This is a quality film, and it is one of the reasons why I think John Goodman is a really a good actor who often goes unnoticed. This movie would have been decent with any cast, but I think the combination of John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Richard Dreyfuss really brought the story to life. Additionally Spielberg does a good job of incorporating the supernatural presence of Pete Sandich's ghost without relying on dramatic special effects. This movie is somewhat similar in theme to Ghost (which came out one year after Always), but Ghost focuses more on the supernatural aspects and goes to great lengths to show the ghost walking through doors and other objects. To a certain extent these special effects take center stage in ghost, whereas in Always you never see Richard Dreyfuss walk through anything. All of the cool supernatural stuff happens offscreen leaving the plot and the characters as the main focal point. That being said I think that the action scenes with the planes flying over the forest fires are really thrilling. It's beautiful, and intense. (I think it makes the dogfights in Top Gun look like a Carousel ride) Go rent this movie.
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