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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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It's a most unusual love affair. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ce cher intrus See more »

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,851,083
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was the Opening Night movie at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA on 17th January 1991. See more »

Goofs

While Joe is playing the guitar for his daughter's wedding, his hand isn't even touching the strings. See more »

Quotes

Sam Sharpe: What am I talking about? I'm trying to tell that from the first minute I ever saw you... Renata, look at you. Look at you! Everything you do: the way you eat your food, the way you put on your shoes, the way your eyes are looking at my mouth when I'm talking to you. Renata, you name anything you do - the way you hug your mother, the way you talk to your family - you move me!
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1990 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Mama
Written by Cesare A. Bixio (as C.A. Bixio)
Italian Lyrics by Bruno Cherubini (as C. Cherbini)
Performed by Danny Aiello
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This is a movie I will never tire of watching
20 October 2003 | by fairyeyes16See all my reviews

Once Around is to me a love story - romantic love, familial love, love of life. I've seen this movie probably 10 times and I watched it again yesterday with the love of my life. He had never seen it before but agreed with me that it is a lovely film. Sam Sharp's behavior can be painful at times to watch, but he is so full of childlike belief in the goodness of everyone else that you can't help but feel real affection for him and no more so than when he kisses Joe Bella on the cheek in the most tender and loving way even after the cruel way he was treated. Gena Rowlands,Danny Aiello, Richard Dreyfus and Holly Hunter are all so believable in their roles. When Marilyn Bella says to Sam Sharp "I will not allow you to make my husband's family uncomfortable"(or words to that effect) she is like a mother lion defending her cubs. I love this movie and now I start to tear up even when something good is happening because I know what's coming next. I hope no one is discouraged from renting this movie because of the negative comments posted here. It's only $1.00 and you can always turn it off, but maybe you will see something heartwarming and that is pretty hard to find these days.


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