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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?


John Carney put up some of his own money to make the film, giving his salary to the two stars and promising a back-end share to his cast and crew should the film prove successful. 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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Featured in Smagsdommerne: Episode #8.1 (2008) See more »


Say It To Me Now
Written by Glen Hansard (The Frames)
Performed by Glen Hansard
Published by Perfect Songs Ltd.
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User Reviews

"A Magical Film of love, music, song...and a Hoover Vacuum!"
17 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ONCE is a film to see and cherish for the magic of song and music combined in the setting of Dublin for a young man and woman who meet and who make wonderful music together. The only issue is she's married to a bloke in another country. But that doesn't stop them for creating a wonderful piece of music which will stay with them forever.

John Carney has directed and written a brilliant film which tags at your heart and makes your feet dance all at the same time. "Guy and Girl" are tremendous in their parts and the humor and passion they bring to their music. Dublin is such a great location for this film and it resembles London in so many of its blocks of buildings. The bond is also wonderful to see between father and son and the encouragement which the father gives his son.

ONCE gives you a time in your life when you meet your soul mate who brings the music to your heart you have always dreamed of...as well as a Hoover vacuum-"who knew?" See ONCE, because "once" you do, you may come back for more.

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