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Once Around (1991)

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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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What do you do when you think you have found the man of your dreams. And no one else notices. See more »


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Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ce cher intrus  »

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Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)


$14,851,083 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scenes that took place in St. Martin where actually filmed in North Carolina. See more »


When Renata is reclining on the bed watching old home movies, then Sam redirects and refocuses the image onto Renata's very-pregnant belly, then we see the projector from the other side of the bed: It's projecting light at a much-broader angle than would fit on her belly. See more »


Joe Bella: Get rid of the beard. You look like a goddamn terrorist.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1990 (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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This is a movie I will never tire of watching
20 October 2003 | by (Spokane, Washington) – See all my reviews

Once Around is to me a love story - romantic love, familial love, love of life. I've seen this movie probably 10 times and I watched it again yesterday with the love of my life. He had never seen it before but agreed with me that it is a lovely film. Sam Sharp's behavior can be painful at times to watch, but he is so full of childlike belief in the goodness of everyone else that you can't help but feel real affection for him and no more so than when he kisses Joe Bella on the cheek in the most tender and loving way even after the cruel way he was treated. Gena Rowlands,Danny Aiello, Richard Dreyfus and Holly Hunter are all so believable in their roles. When Marilyn Bella says to Sam Sharp "I will not allow you to make my husband's family uncomfortable"(or words to that effect) she is like a mother lion defending her cubs. I love this movie and now I start to tear up even when something good is happening because I know what's coming next. I hope no one is discouraged from renting this movie because of the negative comments posted here. It's only $1.00 and you can always turn it off, but maybe you will see something heartwarming and that is pretty hard to find these days.

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