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Once Around (1991)

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Renata Bella feels like a failure at life and career. But when Renata attends a seminar on selling real estate, she finally finds True Love. Sam Sharpe, while a top-notch, successful ... See full summary »

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Lasse Hallström
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Sam Sharpe
Holly Hunter ... Renata Bella
Danny Aiello ... Joe Bella
Laura San Giacomo ... Jan Bella
Gena Rowlands ... Marilyn Bella
Roxanne Hart ... Gail Bella
Danton Stone ... Tony Bella
Tim Guinee ... Peter Hedges
Greg Germann ... Jim Redstone
Griffin Dunne ... Rob
Cullen O. Johnson Cullen O. Johnson ... Sonny
Joan Gay Joan Gay ... Aunt
Lou Criscuolo Lou Criscuolo ... Uncle
Myra Taylor Myra Taylor ... Trainer #1
Michael Steve Jones Michael Steve Jones ... Trainer #2
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Storyline

Renata Bella feels like a failure at life and career. But when Renata attends a seminar on selling real estate, she finally finds True Love. Sam Sharpe, while a top-notch, successful salesman, is much older than Renata. She is swept away by his excessively flamboyant style and irrepressible nature. The very traits she finds romantic, however, lead to repeated conflict with her family, especially her beloved father Joe, leaving Renata trapped in the middle. Written by Reid Gagle

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What do you do when you think you have found the man of your dreams. And no one else notices. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The collective name of the Italian-American family living in Boston, Massachusetts in the USA was "The Bellas" or "The Bella Family". See more »

Goofs

In this, as in almost all films where an attempt is made to characterize a Boston accent, players don't understand that Bostonians would never not pronounce the r at the end of a word if the next word begins with a vowel. The classic "Park the car in Harvard Yard" is supposed to be pronounced thusly, "Pahk the car in Hahvad Yahd." See more »

Quotes

Joe Bella: Isn't it funny - on the one lousy day you wanna put a gun in your mouth, everybody wants to come over to celebrate.
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Connections

Referenced in Entertainment Tonight: Episode dated 21 January 1991 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Fly Me to the Moon
Written by Bart Howard
Performed by Frank Sinatra with Count Basie and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Also Performed by Danny Aiello, Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter and Rene Mandel
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A Great Underrated Film
26 December 2008 | by wleongittens-1See all my reviews

I stumbled across this film late one night when there was nothing on HBO, Showtime or the countless other channels in our now 500-channel universe. "Once Around" has a great cast, an excellent story line and a song track that I just love.

Any film that has Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter as leads and Gena Rowlands as a supporting actress should be a must see film and I don't know how this one got passed me when it was first released. It seems Richard Dryfuss's "Where Bob?" got all the attention in 1991 and this film seems to have come in under the radar.

"Once Around" displays real emotions, conflicts and family dynamics in a way that makes you laugh and makes you cry. Danny Aiello gives a great performance without going over the top and a young, Laura San Giacoma, before her "Just Shoot Me" days gives a glimpse of the star she should have become.

Congratulations to all who were involved in the endeavor.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$309,571, 21 January 1991

Gross USA:

$14,851,083

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,851,083
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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