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Once -- 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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Release Date:
23 March 2007 (Ireland) See more »
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How often do you find the right person?
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 20 wins & 24 nominations See more »
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(596 articles)
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The heart has reasons that reason knows nothing about See more (310 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
John Carney 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Carney 

Produced by
David Collins .... executive producer
Martina Niland .... producer
 
Original Music by
Glen Hansard 
Markéta Irglová 
 
Cinematography by
Tim Fleming (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Mullen 
 
Casting by
Maureen Hughes 
 
Production Design by
Tamara Conboy 
 
Art Direction by
Riad Karin  (as Riad Karim)
 
Costume Design by
Tiziana Corvisieri 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Conway .... chief makeup artist
Patricia Flood .... makeup artist: additional pick-up shots
Conor McAllister .... chief hair stylist (as Conor McAlistar)
 
Production Management
Jim Duggan .... post-production supervisor
Emma Zee .... post production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Burns .... first assistant director
Cathriona Glynn .... trainee assistant director (as Caitriona Glynn)
Adrienne Greenhalgh .... second assistant director: additional pick-ups
Nic Jay .... trainee assistant director: additional pick-ups
Gail Munley .... first assistant director: additional pick-ups
John O'Donoghue .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Anthony Nugent .... stand-by props
 
Sound Department
Niall Brady .... supervising sound editor: post-production
Pat Doyle .... sound mixer: additional pick up
Paul Emerson .... sound mixer: additional pick up
Michelle Fingleton .... sound editor: post-production
Robert Flanagan .... production sound mixer
Ken Galvin .... dubbing mixer: post-production
Ken Galvin .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Naughton .... boom operator
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Daniel Tomlinson .... digital lab operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Carney .... camera operator
David Cleary .... still photographer
Ron Coe .... camera operator
Tanya Doyle .... camera assistant
Tim Fleming .... camera operator
Paul Tsan .... crane operator
Mark Waldron .... director of photography: additional pick up
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Una Towell .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Gary Curran .... digital intermediate colorist
Warren Dowling .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Simon Thornton .... on-line assistant
 
Music Department
David Donohue .... music consultant
 
Transportation Department
Mark Alvey .... driver: minibus
Fiacra Gaffney .... transportation captain (as Fiacre Gaffney)
 
Other crew
Sophie Bataille .... press attache: France
Peggy Brazil .... script supervisor
Yvonne Burke .... production coordinator
Mark Byrne .... legal advisor
Lindsay Campbell .... production administrator
Con Cremins .... production accountant
Steven Davenport .... location manager
Cathy Griffin .... extras coordinator
James Hickey .... legal advisor: post-production
Laura Mannier .... press attache: France
Holly Ní Chiardha .... production executive: Samson Films
Evelyn O'Neill .... assistant location manager
Kevin Phelan .... digital transfer supervisor
Lindsay Rowland .... production administrator: Samson Films
Neal Rowland .... development executive: Samson Films
Steven Short .... electronic press kit
 
Thanks
Karina Finegan Alves .... special thanks
Alan Conboy .... special thanks
Noemi Ferrer .... special thanks
Ciara Gogarty .... special thanks
Ed Guiney .... special thanks
Marina Guinness .... special thanks
Frances Knott .... special thanks
Claire Leadbitter .... special thanks
Adam Lynch .... thanks
Maggie Mitchell .... special thanks
Simon Perry .... special thanks
Damien Rice .... special thanks
Katerina Sterbova .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language
Runtime:
85 min
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Trivia:
The director and cast were suffering from "South Park" (1997) withdrawal during filming and thus one of the characters, a session musician, was named "Timmy" - this is obvious as they depart the studio.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During a sequence at the recording studio, when the band is performing their song, the drummer quickly looks in to the camera.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Feast of Love (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
The HillSee more »

FAQ

What are the character's names?
What does Irglová say in Czech to Hansard?
Are they together in real life?
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488 out of 556 people found the following review useful.
The heart has reasons that reason knows nothing about, 9 June 2007
Author: mjjusa-1 from United States

I write these for friends and if you love movies you are a friend: I saw a movie last night that was so good that I have spent the last hour looking up information about it on the Internet Movie Data Base and related links. I have included the Fox Searchlight website for the movie at the bottom of this review so you can hear the music. So now I know that is was made in 17 days and at a cost of less than $150K and reflects a Dublin of 10-15 years ago when Dublin was much poorer and more working class.

And, I would be much poorer in life and spirit, and my heart, like most of us, covered in scar tissue from life, would not seem so vulnerable and new, if I had not seen this movie. A simple story of a street musician in Ireland, singing covers during the day for Euros, and his own music at night for cents. A verging on middle aged man, still living with his Da, repairing vacuums in a tiny shop and writing songs to his lost love in his tinier bedroom. Approached by girl, an immigrant, who loves his songs, understands the pain that gave them life, and soon they are in a music shop with the girl playing the piano and together they prove that art isn't produced from big budgets or green lit by ten vice presidents and that seventeen days and a pittance can make me get goose bumps just trying to write a review of what I saw in a dark theater with ten other people in a complex dominated by Shrek, Pirates, and Spiderman.

I knew a woman once who only read novels about unrequited love. What a wonderful phrase: unrequited love. Archaic, unrequited, love, universally known and unknown, and as a friend said about the movie and its songs: no great art came from happiness. But the movie isn't sad, it's pulsing with life and music and incident and the process of how art is made. I have always been a sucker for movies about how art is made: Shakespeare in Love, Topsy Turvey, as examples, but in both those, art that was known. In Once, on the streets of Dublin, an Irishman and a Czech girl, remind us of how, to my generation, the guitar was king, a guitar, bass, drums and piano a symphony orchestra, and there was no power like the power of rock and roll. In all generations, love sought, found, lost, and sometimes regained is the stuff that brings us to the theater, to the book, to the movie.

I'm in the midst of reading a book by an Irishman, a detective novel, the hero a reader, and the author uses the book to list books he likes: from one...'the body moves on, the mind stays and circles the events of the past.' This must be true of the writer/director.

You won't forget these people. I can't forget their songs. We should all meet, my movie loving friends, and talk about this movie in a bar in Chicago I know that has great music on the jukebox, cold cold beer, and is dark enough so we would all look good. Neil Young sang: only love can break your heart, Once asks 'how often do you meet the right person', and as fellow movie goers I ask how often can the right movie be made, shown in your local, and break/make you heart at seven of a beautiful summer's eve? It's the best movie of the year. Maybe of the last five years. But, I am not a dispassionate critic, I loved it.

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