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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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Did You Know?


Audrey Hepburn had to be carried on a stretcher by crew members when shooting her scenes in the burned-out forest so that the dirt and ashes wouldn't smudge her white costume. The sweater and slacks Hepburn wears were from her own, personal wardrobe. See more »


At the climax of the film, a group of endangered smokejumpers is supposedly making their way to a river and safety. However, they are clearly moving uphill. You move uphill to get to a ridge (a fairly safe place to be in a wildfire); you move downhill to get to a river. See more »


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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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »


whistled by Richard Dreyfuss while flying
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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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