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Always (22-Dec-1989)

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).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Roberts Blossom
25-Mar-1924 8-Jul-2011 Deranged
Keith David
4-Jun-1956   DCI in Agent Cody Banks
Richard Dreyfuss
29-Oct-1947   Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Dale Dye
8-Oct-1944   Warriors, Inc.
John Goodman
20-Jun-1952   King Ralph
Marg Helgenberger
16-Nov-1958   Species
Audrey Hepburn
4-May-1929 20-Jan-1993 My Fair Lady
Holly Hunter
20-Mar-1958   The Piano
Brad Johnson
24-Oct-1959   Soldier of Fortune, Inc.


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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