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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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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.

Genres:

Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Siempre See more »

Filming Locations:

Libby, Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,858,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,134,790, 31 December 1990
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Spielberg wanted to cast either Paul Newman or Robert Redford in the leading roles, one as Pete Sandich and the other as Ted Baker. However, both men wanted to play Pete and Spielberg was unable to work it out between them. See more »

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When Al Yackey is in the jeep, talking after inhaling helium, he's holding the balloon and driving with his right hand. The next scene shows Pete and Dorinda talking in front of the jeep and Al driving right-handed without the balloon. See more »

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Pete Sandich: There's something fishy going on here, and I don't think it's the chicken.
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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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Still moves me.
12 June 2002 | by redservoSee 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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