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 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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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

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PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Richard Dreyfuss tells the story about how Steven Spielberg was trying to figure out who to cast as "God" or "an angel of God." After a moment, only one person came to his mind: Audrey Hepburn. See more »

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After All gets slurried and is yelling at the pilots, his neck miraculously gets clean and his shirt dries out. See more »

Quotes

Al Yackey: My engine's on fire! Can you believe that? And I was in such a good mood!
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Alien from L.A. (1993) See more »

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COWBOY MAN
Written and Performed by Lyle Lovett
Courtesy of Curb / MCA Records
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"He-llo, Pete."
28 July 2005 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

Spielberg deserves a fresh look. I open with that because as I read the decidedly mixed thoughts on this and other films of his, I notice the same thought over and over again. People who review Spielberg usually want to pigeonhole him into a type: the ET-warm-and-fuzzy-alien children's storyteller versus the special-effects-heavy-but-rather-empty-plot dreamer. All the while there is the generic whine of 'why doesn't he ever try to do something else (SCHINDLER'S LIST notwithstanding)?' Then when he does, as evidenced here, there are wails of dissatisfaction that he tried to do something over his head. Oy.

It's so silly to label and categorize a filmmaker so much. ALWAYS is, first and foremost, a love story. A remake of an earlier film to be sure, but even this 1989 treatment looks and feels nostalgic with its amber-tinted cinematography, the sentimental presentation of the devoted fighter pilots, even Holly Hunter's birthday gift of 'girl clothes' tips a hat to 1940's elegance. And you can't get more nostalgic than the appearance of the ageless, magical Audrey Hepburn (sharp as a tack in her last film as a bright-eyed, no-nonsense angel). All of Hepburn's scenes with Richard Dreyfuss are wonderful (especially the first one when she tries- slightly befuddled- to explain his state of existence), as is the leitmotiv of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes-" used in two dance sequences with Dreyfuss and Hunter: one at a charming birthday party (watching all the burly firemen clean up is a riot), the other in a bewitching soliloquy of mourning. And once again, John Goodman rises to the occasion as the best friend anyone could ever have. Just saw it on TCM, rounding out a July 2005 tribute to Ms. Hepburn. You should check it out.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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