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Once (2007)

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A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Guy
... Girl (as Marketa Irglova)
Hugh Walsh ... Timmy Drummer
Gerard Hendrick ... Lead Guitarist (as Gerry Hendrick)
Alaistair Foley ... Bassist
Geoff Minogue ... Eamon
Bill Hodnett ... Guy's Dad
Danuse Ktrestova ... Girl's Mother
Darren Healy ... Heroin Addict
Mal Whyte ... Bill
... Ex Girlfriend
Niall Cleary ... Bob
Wiltold Owski ... Man watching TV
Krzysztos Tlotka ... Man watching TV
Tomek Glowacki ... Man watching TV


An unnamed guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer/songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An unnamed girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her Mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets girl and they get to know each other as the girl helps the guy put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the guy and the girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. Written by Charles Delacroix

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


How often do you find the right person?


Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 June 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jednom  »


Box Office


€180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,901, 20 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cillian Murphy was, at one stage cast in the lead role, but pulled out. See more »


At approx 9:30 into the movie, Guy is exiting the Hoover shop (vacuum repair shop) where he works, and twice there is a mistake between shots of the open/close sign on the front door, once before he says he is going to flip the sign and then once again after he flips the sign, and the shot goes back to the shop and then to the door again. See more »


[first lines]
Heroin Addict: Fuckin' deadly you are, man.
Guy: Don't fucking... don't fucking go near that case.
Heroin Addict: What? I'm just tying me laces, man.
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Written by Glen Hansard / Markéta Irglová
Performed by Glen Hansard
Publishing courtesy of Toby Darling
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User Reviews

This is a film you don't want to miss!
27 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

On a ten scale, "Once" is a 12! It just proves that "magic" doesn't necessarily require a huge budget; A great script and inspired acting can carry the day. The setting ( Dublin,) is as true-to-life as you could hope for, and the characters are all a natural fit. My wife and I were sitting there for an hour and a half with this comfortable grin on our faces. (And please understand, I generally hate musicals, but this one works!) Irglova and Hansard are perfect for the roles, the camera work is magnificent, and the total experience gives one hope for the future of film. (You just need to go "Indy" to find the really great stuff.) Be sure to see "Once, and don't go alone; take somebody you really enjoy being with.

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