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Once Around

Overview

Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom made his American movie debut with this romantic comedy, starring Holly Hunter as Renata Bella, an aimless Bostonian thirtysomething who attends a seminar for aspiring condo salespersons. Here she meets hotshot salesman Sam Sharpe (Richard Dreyfuss), who immediately falls in love with her. After the marriage, Sam's well-meaning but obnoxious insistence on insinuating himself into every aspect of Renata's life rubs the rest of her family the wrong way. Though the script ...
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Overview

Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom made his American movie debut with this romantic comedy, starring Holly Hunter as Renata Bella, an aimless Bostonian thirtysomething who attends a seminar for aspiring condo salespersons. Here she meets hotshot salesman Sam Sharpe (Richard Dreyfuss), who immediately falls in love with her. After the marriage, Sam's well-meaning but obnoxious insistence on insinuating himself into every aspect of Renata's life rubs the rest of her family the wrong way. Though the script occasionally veers into both cliché and sentimentality, Once Around ends up a thoroughly charming experience, thanks to Hallstrom's knowing direction and the marvelous chemistry between Hunter and Dreyfuss.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Swedish director Lasse Hallström's first American picture met with a generally tepid reception from audiences and critics, but it's worth another look in retrospect. Once Around is of a piece with the director's shaggy, gently satirical portraits of tightly knit families and the forces that threaten to break them apart. The plot -- vulnerable Renata Bella (Holly Hunter) takes up with a smarmy condo salesman (Richard Dreyfuss) who alienates the rest of her clan -- is the stuff of television melodrama, but Hallström seizes on the script's ethnic clashes and meandering dialogue to craft a messier, more authentic vision of a proud American family. Despite the two performers' conspicuous lack of chemistry in 1989's Always, here they complement each other well. The over-animated Dreyfuss is used to good effect, as his impulsive, eccentric outbursts are played for tension as opposed to punchlines; it becomes understandable that Hunter's slightly manic Renata would be smitten with him.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/28/2004
  • UPC: 025192422027
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,185

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Gerald A. Benullo Wedding Guest
Susan Felcher
Cullen Oliver Johnson Sonny
Fran Kumin
Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble Lithuanian Dancer
Mandala Orchestra Lithuanian Musician
Susanne Reed Young Jan Bella
Sabah Belly Dancer
Myrtha D. Severe
Meg Simon
Sheilagh Weymouth
William Wolkovich Lithuanian Priest
Joan Gay Aunt
Lou Criscuolo Uncle
Myra Taylor 1st Trainer
Michael Steve Jones 2nd Trainer
Caroline Parton Honey Beach
John Bennes Minister
Archie Fallon Little Boy
Dorothy Stevenson-Bigby Justice of the Peace
Allen A. Mele Roving Violinist
Barry Reed Young Joe Bella
Heather Reed Young Renata Bella
Jonathan A. Cramer Young Tony Bella
Sal Ruffino Wedding Guest
David Kramer Voice Only
Robyn Finn Voice Only
Garry Goodrow Voice Only
Jim Kirk Voice Only
Dominic Marcus Voice Only
Craig Sechler Voice Only
Kate Skinner Voice Only
Technical Credits
Lasse Hallström Director, Screenwriter
G. Mac Brown Producer
Daniel Davis Art Director
Richard Dreyfuss Producer
Griffin Dunne Producer
Michael Foxworthy Art Director
David Gropman Production Designer
James Horner Score Composer
Judith James Producer
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Malia Scotch Marmo Screenwriter
Danny Michael Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Gretchen Rau Art Director
Amy Robinson Producer
Theo Van de Sande Cinematographer
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