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Once (2007)

R  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  15 June 2007 (USA)
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A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Girl (as Marketa Irglova)
Hugh Walsh ...
Gerard Hendrick ...
Lead Guitarist (as Gerry Hendrick)
Alaistair Foley ...
Geoff Minogue ...
Bill Hodnett ...
Danuse Ktrestova ...
Darren Healy ...
Mal Whyte ...
Ex Girlfriend
Niall Cleary ...
Wiltold Owski ...
Krzysztos Tlotka ...
Tomek Glowacki ...


An (unnamed) Guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An (unnamed) Girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets Girl, and they get to know each other as the Girl helps the Guy to put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the Guy and the Girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. Written by Charles Delacroix

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


How often do you find the right person?


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 June 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jednom  »

Box Office


€180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$61,901 (USA) (18 May 2007)


$9,437,933 (USA) (14 December 2007)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to the many very talented artists that John Carney knew who put off their career by saying "once" they get this and that sorted out, but never succeed because they've put it off too long. This describes the lead character, The Guy. See more »


In the first scene, the alley way from which the thief emerges visually jumps around as the camera moves, clearly indicating it was overlaid as an effect in post-production. See more »


[first lines]
Heroin Addict: Fuckin' deadly you are, man.
Guy: Don't fucking... don't fucking go near that case.
Heroin Addict: What? I'm just tying me laces, man.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: In the Name of the Grandfather (2009) See more »


Falling Slowly
Written by Glen Hansard / Markéta Irglová
Performed by Glen Hansard / Markéta Irglová
Publishing courtesy of Toby Darling
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User Reviews

A touching and honest film
9 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I own a movie theater on Cape Cod and recently saw this film on two occasions at the New Directors Film Festival in NYC. I met John Carney ten years ago at the Golway Film Festival where I was part of a team which was reviewing film projects. John had a five minute clip of a feature he was working on "November Afternoon". I stayed in touch until he finished the film. He sent me a tape it just blew me away. "Once" like "November Afternoon" is a unique film experience. The low budget feel fits the story and the music blew me away. He captures a small slice of Dublin Life, spent the summer there in 69, that seems so real and honest. Glen and Marketa bring great strength to this story and a realism that is seldom seen in American Cinema. If you want to get in the mood for this movie then get a copy of Glen and Marketa CD "The Swell Season" five of the songs are in the movie.

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