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Once (2006)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Guy
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Girl (as Marketa Irglova)
Hugh Walsh ...
Timmy Drummer
Gerard Hendrick ...
Lead Guitarist (as Gerry Hendrick)
Alaistair Foley ...
Bassist
Geoff Minogue ...
Bill Hodnett ...
Guy's Dad
Danuse Ktrestova ...
Girl's Mother
Darren Healy ...
Heroin Addict
Mal Whyte ...
Marcella Plunkett ...
Ex Girlfriend
Niall Cleary ...
Bob
Wiltold Owski ...
Krzysztos Tlotka ...
Tomek Glowacki ...
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Storyline

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

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song | immigrant | busker | money | repair shop | See more »

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How often do you find the right person?

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 March 2007 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Once  »

Box Office

Budget:

€180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The original plan was that the film was going to be sold to fans on DVD at gigs. See more »

Goofs

When the girl is walking back to her apartment from the store during the song "If you want me", the crews' shadows are clearly visible multiple times in the sequence. See more »

Quotes

[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 Siskel & Ebert: The Best of 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Song Without Words (Venetian Boat Song, Op.30, No.6)
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Mendelssohn)
Performed by Markéta Irglová
Public Domain
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A Wonderful Little Film
31 July 2007 | by (Bend, OR) – See all my reviews

At the persistent urging of a friend, I saw "Once".

Rarely am I compelled to write a comment about a movie, let alone yearning to see said movie again - immediately.

I have this sinking feeling that "Once" won't be around much longer in theaters (God knows, we need every available screen for "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry") so give yourself a treat: go see it!

Be warned...you may be so affected you'll buy the soundtrack, check out all the related YouTube videos and won't be able to get it out of your head.

Inspired, magical.


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