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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

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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 customized license plate on the car of Sam Sharpe (Richard Dreyfuss) read "SHARPE". 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

Renata Bella: He says I'm not intellectual.
Joe Bella: Who gives a shit!
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Connections

Referenced in Entertainment Tonight: Episode dated 21 January 1991 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Emperor Waltz
Composed by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Performed by Peter Falk conducting Vienna State Opera Orchestra (as The Vienna Opera Orchestra)
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"A real find, does not disappoint"
9 March 2004 | by sq8188See all my reviews

With a strong cast of some of Hollywood's best veteran actors and a highly respected director of praised dramas, "Once Around" got what it needs to lift it out of a often used formula. It is wonderful to see such an eclectic cast of characters together making something extraordinary out of the ordinary. Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfus deserve each other as a highly charged couple. Dreyfus's Sam is a piece of work - brash, manipulative and yet engaging. Hunter is full of nervous energy. Gena Rowland does not disappoint in displaying the power in her character in the scene where she confronts Dreyfus in protection of her husband at a reception. The one character that stood out the most, in my mind,is Danny Aiello's family patriarch. His is a laconic, slightly wounded man, trying to remain dignified while holding the family together. He was overshadowed by the showy Dreyfus. You feel his pains. But when Dreyfus got sick near the end, he would carry him into the house when Dreyfus and Hunter come to visit. What could improve the ending is have daughter (Hunter) and father (Aiello) walk hand-in-hand in the snow, to symbolize her journey home and finds love and support where she always knew were there. 3 of 4 stars.


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