The spirit of a recently deceased expert pilot mentors a newer pilot while watching him fall in love with the girlfriend that he left behind.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Jerry Belson (screenplay), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay "A Guy Named Joe") | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Pete Sandich
Holly Hunter ... Dorinda Durston
Brad Johnson ... Ted Baker
John Goodman ... Al Yackey
Audrey Hepburn ... Hap
Roberts Blossom ... Dave
Keith David ... Powerhouse
Ed Van Nuys Ed Van Nuys ... Nails
Marg Helgenberger ... Rachel
Dale Dye ... Don
Brian Haley ... Alex
James Lashly ... Charlie
Michael Steve Jones Michael Steve Jones ... Grey
Kim Robillard ... Air Traffic Controller
Jim Sparkman Jim Sparkman ... Dispatcher
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Storyline

Pete Sandich and buddy Al Yackey are daredevil aerial forest-fire fighters. Pete finds True Love with Dorinda but won't give up the job. When he takes one risk too many, Dorinda faces deep grief and cannot easily put her life back together. Written by Reid Gagle

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They couldn't hear him. They couldn't see him. But he was there when they needed him... Even after he was gone.

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Saturday Night Live (1975) clip showing on Dorinda's TV features Dan Aykroyd impersonating Julia Child. Dorinda is later briefly seen using "From Julia Child's Kitchen" cookbook. See more »

Goofs

Pete's plane has the registry number N9425Z. Later in the film, the same number is visible on a different plane when Dorinda takes it out to aid the smoke jumpers; and before her splashdown, her plane now has registry number N4818E. See more »

Quotes

Al Yackey: [after taking a distress call from the smoke jumpers] Get on the radio to the Helibase. Have the choppers warmed up and standing by.
Ted Baker: [heading for the radio set] Libby Operations Shack to Helibase, come in.
Pete Sandich: Ted, those choppers are forty miles away. They fly at a hundred miles an hour.
Ted Baker: Libby Operations Shack to Helibase. Come in.
Pete Sandich: We're twelve miles away. We fly at 220 miles an hour.
Air Traffic Controller: Libby Operations, this is Helibase. We read you. Over.
Ted Baker: Air Attack 63-Echo, this is the operations shack. We will be ...
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Crazy Credits

Instead of saying the song "Crazy Love" was "written and performed by Van Morrison," it mistakenly says "written and directed by Van Morrison." See more »

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Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian (1991) See more »

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BOOMERANG LOVE
Written and Performed by Jimmy Buffett
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Marg Helgenberger
23 April 2018 | by francozeffSee all my reviews

After seeing a movie with Marg Helgenberger made in the 90's "Death Dreams" with Christopher Reeve, I felt the need to look for other Marg Helgenberger performances besides her famous turn in CSI - To my surprise, not many, except "Death Dreams" where she gives a performance that goes straight to something truly personal. She is amazing, amazing! That's how I got to Always. The only Spielberg film I hadn't seen. The film is a sort of remake of "A Guy Named Joe" charming with a lovely central performance by Holly Hunter but where is Marg? She's way back in the background. Beautiful and real but way too far away in the background. The most memorable memorable moment, at least for a film buff - is the last film appearance by Audrey Hepburn, as an angel.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Always See more »

Filming Locations:

Libby, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,713,480, 25 December 1989

Gross USA:

$43,858,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,134,790
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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