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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 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

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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)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story is partially autobiographical as John Carney lived in Dublin and maintained a long distance relationship with his girlfriend living in London See more »


During the montage towards the end of the film, when the Girl is playing her new piano, the Girl's mother is cooking and stirring something on the stove-top. However, if you look closely, there is nothing in the pan. The mother is stirring the air with a spatula to appear as if she's cooking something. 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 Greek: The Day After (2009) See more »


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Written by Markéta Irglová
Performed by Markéta Irglová
Publishing courtesy of Toby Darling
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The best Irish film ever
11 April 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Don't listen to the comments left on this page by idiots who don't get the film Once is a beautiful film, in my opinion the best Irish film ever but a great film overall. Made with an almost documentary realism on the streets of Dublin (this film shows how DV is not just a fad) this film is a modern day musical but the kind of musical where scangers eye up the camera, where musical numbers take place in dirty old music shops and flats. To me this film says something about Dublin , about immigration, about music but not in a worthy annoying "a Tigers tale" way. A masterpiece with great central performances and amazing music.

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