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Always (1989)

The spirit of a recently deceased expert pilot mentors a newer pilot while watching him fall in love with the girlfriend that he left behind.

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Pete Sandich and buddy Al Yackey are daredevil aerial forest-fire fighters. Pete finds True Love with Dorinda but won't give up the job. When he takes one risk too many, Dorinda faces deep grief and cannot easily put her life back together. Written by Reid Gagle

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They couldn't hear him. They couldn't see him. But he was there when they needed him... Even after he was gone.

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Fantasy | Romance

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22 December 1989 (USA)  »

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Siempre  »

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Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$43,858,790

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,134,790, 31 December 1990
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Portions of John Williams' music are derived from Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis." See more »

Goofs

Pete puts out the fire in Al's port engine and the propeller can be seen coming to a halt. In the next scene, the propeller is spinning again. See more »

Quotes

Pete Sandich: [starved for petrol, the #2 engine dies] Tanker 57 to tanker base. I've got a small inconvenience here.
Larry: Talk to me Pete.
Pete Sandich: I may have overestimated my fuel just a tad, but I can see the base from here and my right engine is fine, so I don't think there's going to be any...
[right engine splutters]
Pete Sandich: ... problem.
Larry: Pete, what do you need? What do you need?
Pete Sandich: [#1 engine finishes sputtering to a stop] Glider practice.
Larry: [rings the crash alarm and announces over the PA] We've got a situation here. We've got a ...
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Crazy Credits

On the Blu Ray release, at the very end of the end credits, there is a warning. It reads, in quotation marks: "Caution: Inhaling of helium from balloons is dangerous, and can cause serious injury or death." See more »

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Soundtracks

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
Written by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Performed and Produced by JD Souther
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To Spielberg always
14 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

An unexpected film from the director who made his name with box office hits like ET, The Jaws (to say nothing of Indiana Johnes series). Always comes from this period between all these kids' stories and a new wave of escapist fantasies about dinosaurs. When a kid I loathed this film because I did not understand it at all and was a big action –special effects movies fan. Time changes a lot. I learned to appreciate this magnificent picture and it is one of its biggest secrets at the same time. I love this movie but can not clearly explain why, there are lots of films which appear to me to be much more interesting, lots of film which appear to me to be much more intellectual but still I can not help loving this simple low budget love/friendship story. I just want to tell you about some scenes from Always which are my personal favorites:1.The fire pilot club scene when Pete "remembered Dorinda's birthday wrong", He says:"Why do not we try signaling to the band, it works in the movies" and then everyone present wants to dance with Dorinda while Pete is watching the whole affair from upstairs. It is so…..so perfect. 2.Hepburn – Dreyfull dialogue in the field with her telling him about Spiritus "something they get when they need it most".3. Dorinda and Ted dining with Dorinda dancing to Platters tune. Words fail to describe it.4 The final scene in the aircraft, and these Pete's last words:"You are going to have wonderful life". JohnWilliams' score is awesome, especially the closing titles theme-a sound of a lonely piano echoing…. Away with the pretences this film weights 8 on my great movies scales because it moves me, inspires me and I keep 9 and 10 only for all time classic like Bergman's Virgin Spring or Griffith's Intolerance.


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