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Always
     

Always

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Director: Steven Spielberg,

Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson

 

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Always may not have been director Steven Spielberg's greatest hit, but it's still an enduring remake of the World War II classic A Guy Named Joe. The story of pilots who risk their lives to fly fire bombers in some of the worst forest fires imaginable, it's also a romance, a look at life and how we all make a difference in the world. The DVD version is

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Always may not have been director Steven Spielberg's greatest hit, but it's still an enduring remake of the World War II classic A Guy Named Joe. The story of pilots who risk their lives to fly fire bombers in some of the worst forest fires imaginable, it's also a romance, a look at life and how we all make a difference in the world. The DVD version is presented in anamorphic widescreen and features Dolby Surround in English and French, along with English subtitles. The sound is good and the picture excellent; the opening scene of a plane flying low over a lake to pick up water will have viewers ducking for cover. Extra features include production notes, cast and crew bios, film highlights, a theatrical trailer, and web links to more information. Some interviews with the stars would have been fun, but there are plenty of bonus materials to keep fans occupied.

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All Movie Guide
One of the smaller films of Steven Spielberg's oeuvre, Always still bears many of the filmmaker's trademark elements: otherworldly magic, gorgeous cinematography, and a childlike fascination with the skies. There are plenty of loving shots of aircraft arcing across brilliant blue horizons, but the rest of the film serves more as a support structure on which to hang these images, too neat and predictable to stick in the memory. The result is that Always feels prepackaged, a sentimental exercise with little daring beyond the swooping maneuvers of Richard Dreyfuss' fun-loving pilot. It becomes accidentally noteworthy for having been the last film appearance of Audrey Hepburn, who died four years later; that she plays an angel walking through the cornfields gives viewers a serene last image of her. Always may also serve as a balm for those grieving over the loss of a loved one, unsure how to move on with their lives. But with Dreyfuss so much easier to root for as the object of Holly Hunter's affections than the bland Brad Johnson, this becomes something of a mixed message. Spielberg fans may want to check it out for another chapter in the director's ongoing preoccupation with flying machines, which has marked his career from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) to the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001).

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/1999
UPC:
0025192055621
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround w/sub-woofer]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
4,702

Special Features

Production notes; Cast & filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Web links

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dreyfuss Pete Sandich
Holly Hunter Dorinda Durston
Brad Johnson Ted Baker
John Goodman Al Yackey
Audrey Hepburn Hap
Roberts Blossom Dave
Keith David Powerhouse
Ed Van Nuys Nails
Marg Helgenberger Rachel
Doug McGrath Bus Driver
J.D. Souther Singer
Alan Rachins Actor
Rick van Nutter Nails
Brian Haley Alex
James Lashly Charlie
Michael Steve Jones Grey
Kim Robillard Air Traffic Controller
Jim Sparkman Dispatcher
Joseph McCrossin Mechanic
David Kitay Band
Ted Grossman Fisherman #2
Gerry Rothschild Carl the Barkeep
Loren Smothers Bartender
Taleena Ottwell Bar Girl
Dale Dye Fire Boss

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Executive Producer
Bob Banas Choreography
Ronald Bass Screenwriter
Jerry Belson Screenwriter
James D. Bissell Production Designer
David Boehm Original Story
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Jackie Carr Set Decoration/Design
Don L. Cash Makeup
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
P. Michael Johnston Production Designer
Michael Kahn Editor
Kathleen Kennedy Co-producer
Lora Kennedy Casting
Steve Lambert Stunts
Frank Marshall Co-producer
Melissa Mathison Screenwriter
James McCoy Makeup
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Mikael Salomon Cinematographer
Chandler Sprague Original Story
Carl Stensel Set Decoration/Design
Richard Vane Producer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Michael Wood Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Fire Eaters. [:17]
2. Dead Stick. [:10]
3. Girl Clothes. [2:38]
4. Your Numbers. [6:52]
5. Out Of Love. [8:31]
6. I'm Dead? [3:27]
7. Pete's Project. [4:09]
8. The Reason I'm Here. [7:13]
9. Life Without Pete. [5:15]
10. Pete Gets Through. [2:24]
11. Hello, Dorinda. [3:33]
12. First Impressions. [4:29]
13. Dinner & A Dance. [4:52]
14. To Say Goodbye. [3:56]
15. Firestorm. [:09]
16. Riding The Storm. [3:44]
17. I'm Releasing You. [4:48]
18. End Titles. [2:35]

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Always 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Always has been my favorite movie for many years because, I think, it has everything; romance, action, suspence, drama, comedy, and a touch of spirituality. I have worn out a VHS tape and am looking forward to watching this on DVD with all the extras.
Kani More than 1 year ago
I loved this. I think the performances were excellent. This shows what REAL love is....selfless.
K_McDaniel More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite movies of all time, I first saw this movie years ago with my mom and we both loved it i am happy that i was able to readd it to my collection of movies.
RPITA More than 1 year ago
Saw the original story many yrs. ago under a different title,'A Guy named Joe' with Spencer Tracey. This updated version of a timeless love story will make you go thru all the emotions of a GREAT story--big sighs-laughter galore thanks to John Goodman and the emotional ending will bring you to tears. The soundtrack will keep 'Always' in your memory as did 'Unchained Melody' in 'Ghost.' I encourage all to get this DVD then sit back and have a pleasant experience watching fantastic actors bring to life their characters...RPITA, Brick, N.J. 3/1/2009
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