Once Around (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  1 February 1991 (USA)
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Renata Bella feels like a failure at life and career. But when Renata attends a seminar on selling real estate, she finally finds True Love. Sam Sharpe, while a top-notch, successful ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Sharpe
Renata Bella
Joe Bella
Jan Bella
Marilyn Bella
Gail Bella
Tony Bella
Peter Hedges
Jim Redstone
Cullen O. Johnson ...
Joan Gay ...
Lou Criscuolo ...
Myra Taylor ...
Trainer #1
Michael Steve Jones ...
Trainer #2


Renata Bella feels like a failure at life and career. But when Renata attends a seminar on selling real estate, she finally finds True Love. Sam Sharpe, while a top-notch, successful salesman, is much older than Renata. She is swept away by his excessively flamboyant style and irrepressible nature. The very traits she finds romantic, however, lead to repeated conflict with her family, especially her beloved father Joe, leaving Renata trapped in the middle. Written by Reid Gagle

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Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ce cher intrus  »

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$14,851,083 (USA)

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First cinema movie as a producer for star Richard Dreyfuss in around thirteen years. Dreyfuss was a co-producer on Once Around (1991) and had been a producer on The Big Fix (1978). Dreyfuss was the top-billed star in both pictures. See more »


In this, as in almost all films where an attempt is made to characterize a Boston accent, players don't understand that Bostonians would never not pronounce the r at the end of a word if the next word begins with a vowel. The classic "Park the car in Harvard Yard" is supposed to be pronounced thusly, "Pahk the car in Hahvad Yahd." See more »


Renata Bella: He says I'm not intellectual.
Joe Bella: Who gives a shit!
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Referenced in Entertainment Tonight: Episode dated 21 January 1991 (1991) See more »


Fly Me to the Moon
Written by Bart Howard
Performed by Frank Sinatra with Count Basie and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Also Performed by Danny Aiello, Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter and Rene Mandel
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Family values beyond all
12 August 2002 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

By coincidence I saw Once Around few years ago. The next day I went to the shop and bought myself a copy. Since then I've watched this film whenever I feel my own life is in a mess. I don't know why, but every time I watch Once Around I'm assured in the knowledge that it is un-important how unlike or disagreeing family members are, no argument can tear them apart. (This might of course not always be the case – but a nice thought anyway). Once Around is about the Bella Family. The head of the family Joe Bella, wonderfully played by Danny Aiello, is about to retire. His two daughters are at the age of leaving home and/or getting married. Something his son has already done. After Jan Bella (Laura San Giacoma) is married, her sister, Renata (Holly Hunter), asks her boyfriend to marry her. To her surprise and irritation he is not willing, nor ever planning on, getting married to her. Renata is forced to re-evaluate her life, and takes up a job selling apartments. There she meets larger-then-life character Sam Sharpe (Richard Dreyfuss), and falls in love with him. Sam is one of these guys that lives for the minute, and by his own rules and values. Once he becomes part of the Bella family, the usually close-knitted family starts to experience difficulties, and arguments become a daily occurrence.

Holly Hunger and Richard Dreyfuss have brought their talents together before with good result (Always), and are as successful here in creating chemistry between the two characters. Even though this film is without a doubt very sentimental and terrible American, it manages to draw up a rather believable picture while staying entertaining. I've watched this film with many of friends, and not everyone has shared my view regarding this being such a good film. But this film is worth seeing, and I can just hope it will affect you in the same pleasant manner as it does in my case. 9/10

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