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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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Director: P.J. Hogan
Stars: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter
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Sam Sharpe
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Renata Bella
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Joe Bella
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Jan Bella
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Marilyn Bella
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Gail Bella
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Tony Bella
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Peter Hedges
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Jim Redstone
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Rob
Cullen O. Johnson ...
Sonny
Joan Gay ...
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Lou Criscuolo ...
Uncle
Myra Taylor ...
Trainer #1
Michael Steve Jones ...
Trainer #2
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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 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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18 January 1991 (USA)  »

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$14,851,083 (USA)
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During the scene of Jan's wedding, the person marrying the couple announces "with the power vested in me by the state of Massachusetts." However, Massachusetts is a commonwealth, and any Massachusetts governmental officer would actually say "vested in me by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." See more »

Quotes

Joe Bella: Isn't it funny - on the one lousy day you wanna put a gun in your mouth, everybody wants to come over to celebrate.
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Soundtracks

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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"A real find, does not disappoint"
9 March 2004 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

With a strong cast of some of Hollywood's best veteran actors and a highly respected director of praised dramas, "Once Around" got what it needs to lift it out of a often used formula. It is wonderful to see such an eclectic cast of characters together making something extraordinary out of the ordinary. Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfus deserve each other as a highly charged couple. Dreyfus's Sam is a piece of work - brash, manipulative and yet engaging. Hunter is full of nervous energy. Gena Rowland does not disappoint in displaying the power in her character in the scene where she confronts Dreyfus in protection of her husband at a reception. The one character that stood out the most, in my mind,is Danny Aiello's family patriarch. His is a laconic, slightly wounded man, trying to remain dignified while holding the family together. He was overshadowed by the showy Dreyfus. You feel his pains. But when Dreyfus got sick near the end, he would carry him into the house when Dreyfus and Hunter come to visit. What could improve the ending is have daughter (Hunter) and father (Aiello) walk hand-in-hand in the snow, to symbolize her journey home and finds love and support where she always knew were there. 3 of 4 stars.


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