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Once (2007)

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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Guy
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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 ...
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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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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:

15 June 2007 (USA)  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Spielberg was a big fan of the film. He said "A little movie called Once (2007) gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year". 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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Connections

Referenced in Show Jana Krause: Episode dated 12 October 2012 (2012) See more »

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Written by Glen Hansard
Performed by Glen Hansard
Publishing courtesy of Toby Darling
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The way a musical should be, contemporary and cheese-less
1 May 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

As I've posted previously I don't really like musicals, never have, generally waayyy too cheesy for my tastes. But in the absence of something else that drew our attention we went to see Once. We were in the Cinema anyway so why not. We went mostly, I suppose, as we'd seen Glen Hansard and the Frames playing before and they were great so we thought the movie couldn't be too bad. At the end of the day we both really liked this movie, not too sentimental and the music which is written and performed by the two main characters is excellent. It irks me to see other Irish people in here with such negative views, it really seems like its something personal towards Glen Hansard. I don't know the guy whatsoever but this is about the film which is worth seeing.

I'd seen Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova live in Christchurch cathedral in Dublin which in itself was pretty different. I'd only been inside the cathedral once before pretty much as a tourist. During the gig he gave a solo performance which stands out in my mind as the best I've ever seen, just him and an acoustic guitar. I've seen A LOT of bands big and small so that is really saying something. If you get a chance go see them.


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