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Always (1989)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pete Sandich
... Dorinda Durston
... Ted Baker
... Al Yackey
... Hap
... Dave
... Powerhouse
Ed Van Nuys ... Nails
... Rachel
... Don
... Alex
... Charlie
Michael Steve Jones ... Grey
... Air Traffic Controller
Jim Sparkman ... Dispatcher
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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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Fantasy | Romance

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22 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,858,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,134,790, 31 December 1990
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Pete spiritually guiding Dorinda in the cockpit at the climax may have been influenced by the Roald Dahl short story "Only This". See more »

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When Pete begins his dive to put out the fire in Al's aircraft he first retards the throttles, the correct procedure to start a dive like that, but you hear the engine RPM increase at the same time. After entering the dive the engine RPM would increase due to aerodynamic effects on the propellers, but this would only begin after entering the dive not while still in level flight. See more »

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Dorinda Durston: He's too beautiful. He's too much twisted steel and sex appeal. I can't be with a guy that looks like I won him in a raffle.
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On the Blu Ray release, at the very end of the end credits, there is a warning. It reads, in quotation marks: "Caution: Inhaling of helium from balloons is dangerous, and can cause serious injury or death." See more »


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BOOMERANG LOVE
Written and Performed by Jimmy Buffett
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Still moves me.
12 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Having just seen a re-cap of AFI's 100 most romantic films, I decided to go through my own video library to see how many I owned. Of course, starting alphabetically, I pulled out "Always". It wasn't on AFI's list. But it is on mine. I threw it in the VCR, having seen it at least 3-4 times before, and it was like watching it for the first time again.

To sum it up, I wept, from the opening to the closing scene. Rarely am I so touched by a film that it affects me so strongly as to push aside all rational thought and open up the flood gates. But I should expect no less from the man (Spielberg) who single-handedly keeps the tissue industry in the black. He knows how to tug those heart-strings. He's doesn't just play off one emotion; he goes for them all! Drama, action, humor, loss and love. And what he does in "Always", just like "Empire of the Sun", "The Color Purple", "E.T.", "Schindler's List", and "Saving Private Ryan"; is never let the rider off the coaster.

Unfortunately, at the release of "Always", he had not fully gained the respect of the industry enough to prevent this film from being pushed aside. For me, however, it's still right there up on top!

Kudos Spielberg , for reminding us that even your less-seen films were done w/ brilliance, integrity, humor and a more than just a few tears.


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