Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Jerry Belson
Music by: John Williams
Producers: Steven Spielberg; Frank Marshall; Kathleen Kennedy
Keywords: Romantic Drama, Firefighters
Adaptation of A Guy Named Joe (1943).
|Richard Dreyfuss|| ... Pete Sandich|
|Holly Hunter|| ... Dorinda Durston|
|John Goodman|| ... Al Yackey|
|Brad Johnson|| ... Ted Baker|
|Special Appearance by|
|Audrey Hepburn|| ... Hap|
|Roberts Blossom|| ... Dave|
|Keith David|| ... Powerhouse|
|Ed Van Nuys|| ... Nails|
|Marg Helgenberger|| ... Rachel|
|Dale Dye|| ... Fire Boss|
|Brian Haley|| ... Alex|
|James Lashly|| ... Charlie|
|Michael Steve Jones|| ... Grey|
|Kim Robillard|| ... Air Traffic Controller|
|Jim Sparkman|| ... Dispatcher|
|Doug McGrath|| ... Bus Driver|
|Shereil L. Bowens|| ... Child on Bus|
|Acencion Fuentes|| ... Child on Bus|
|Todd Jacobson|| ... Child on Bus|
|DeMarious T. Morganfield|| ... Child on Bus|
|Mike O'Neal|| ... Ground Pounder #1|
|Larry Landless|| ... Ground Pounder #2|
|Steve Shatynski|| ... Ground Pounder #3|
|James Pruitt|| ... Ground Pounder #4|
|Joseph McCrossin|| ... Mechanic #1|
|J. D. Souther|| ... The Singer|
|David Jackson|| ... Band|
|David Kitay|| ... Band|
|Gene Strimling|| ... Band|
|Roy Harrison|| ... Fisherman #1|
|Ted Grossman|| ... Fisherman #2|
|Gerry Rothschild|| ... Carl the Barkeep|
|Loren Smothers|| ... Bartender|
|Taleena Ottwell|| ... Bar Girl|
Review by Dale Haas (posted on 27-Feb-2005)
This isn't your usual romantic comedy. Set in the burning forests of the Pacific Northwest, it pits a brash, cocky firefighter pilot (Richard Dreyfuss) against a spunky air traffic controller (Holly Hunter) until the pilot is killed on a mission. But the story only begins there.
With the help of one of the pilot's friends (John Goodman), an angel (Audrey Hepburn), and a new suitor (newcomer Brad Johnson), both the deceased and the one left behind learn to love again.
One of Steven Spielberg's most personal and underrated works, the film is at once dreamy and giddy, somber and light. It is shot with great attention to mood and effect, but as always, the director never gives in to sentimentality. Like with all Spielberg films, the theme is redemption, but this time it is on an intensely personal, romantic level.
Whether you're a Spielberg fan or not, if you want to explore the eternal weight of the love between men and women, this film is not to be missed.
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