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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson, John Goodman, Audrey Hepburn
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Chandler Sprague, Dalton Trumbo, David Boehm, Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, Jerry Belson
  • Producers: Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian, French, Spanish, German, English
  • Subtitles: Bulgarian, French, English, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, German, Turkish, Polish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Finnish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008XFAF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,472 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Steven Spielberg's remake of the WWII life-after-death comedy 'A Guy Named Joe'. Pete Sandich (Richard Dreyfuss) is a daredevil pilot who dies while fighting a raging forest fire with his true love Dorinda Durston (Holly Hunter) and best buddy Al Yackey (John Goodman). Dorinda is so distraught at his passing that Al decides to come back as a ghost and sets about helping her find happiness with another man.

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Considered by many to represent a low point in Steven Spielberg's career, 1990's Always did suggest something of a temporary drift in the director's sensibility. A remake of the classic Spencer Tracy film A Guy Named Joe, Always stars Richard Dreyfuss as a Forest Service pilot who takes great risks with his own life to douse wildfires from a plane. After promising his frightened fiancée (Holly Hunter) to keep his feet on the ground and go into teaching, Dreyfuss's character is killed during one last flight. But his spirit wanders restlessly, hopelessly attached to and possessive of Hunter, who can't see or hear him. Then the real conflict begins: a trainee pilot (Brad Johnson), a likable doofus, begins wooing a not-unappreciative Hunter--and it becomes Dreyfuss's heavenly mandate to accept, and even assist in, their budding romance. The trouble with the film is a certain airlessness, a hyper-inventiveness in every scene and sequence that screams of Spielberg's self-education in Hollywood classicism. Unlike the masters he is constantly quoting and emulating in Always, he forgets to back off and let the movie breathe on its own sometimes, which would better serve his clockwork orchestration of suspense and comedy elsewhere. Still, there are lovely passages in this film, such as the unforgettable look on Dreyfuss's face a half-second before fate claims him. John Goodman contributes good supporting work, and Audrey Hepburn makes her final screen appearance as an angel. --Tom Keogh

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "orchy" on 5 Sept. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Overshadowed by the popularist 'Ghost' which also features the same haunting music - this is one of my all-time favourites... Big, big stars in this one and the biggest star is also the littlest - the divine, petite Holly Hunter, who plays a fantastic role as the life on hold girlfriend who Dreyfuss (deceased) will not let go - hence his role as ghost.... Sentimental, moving - sort of a weepy - remake of a 1930's film a Guy named Joe or Sam... Look out for the beautiful Audrey Hepburn in cameo ...
Why Ghost got all the acolades is beyond me....
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Chrispy on 27 Mar. 2005
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A good Spielberg film from about 1990, this is a nice and easy romantic comedy, it's one of those classic sunday afternoon films.
It's kind of in 2 parts (you'll understand)
The basic story is: Richard Dreyfuss and John Goodman are airbourne fire fighters who obviously put out forrest fires by bombing them with water, Dreyfuss a bit of a risk taker obviously does this in a rather recless manner.
Dreyfuss has a longterm girlfriend Holly"love that accent"Hunter a tough lil tom-boy cookie, wants it to go further though he seems far than bothered about it, until he goes out on a mission and tries to tell her as he gets in the plane... but she doesn't hear him. He then sacrifices himself to save his friend Goodman in his usual maverik way.
Enter Audrey Hepburn (in her last ever film appearance) as the kind of guide to Dreyfuss's spirit who has unfinished business on earth and can't let go until Holly knows how he felt about her.... enter a dashing young pilot who wants Holly and as it happens Dreyfuss is charged by Hepburn with being his guardian angel with some hilarious consequences!
There you are in a nutshell!
I really enjoyed this nice feel-good romatic comedy and would really recomend it for those lazy sunday afternoons when you are feeling a bit down!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2011
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Always is a landmark film in Steven Spielberg's canon for more than one reason. It would be the first time Spielberg would adapt someone else's work, and also it would see Spielberg caught in transition between bidding farewell to childhood memories and a crowd pleasing necessity. In fact it is not too bold to say that without Always, Spielberg could not have progressed into the superlative director he most assuredly is. Often wrongly thought of as a Spielberg flop, it actually grossed $74,134,790 worldwide, that's three times what it cost to make. Always is awash with sentimentality, the kind that Spielberg detractors use to constantly berate the director as being his safe haven calling card, yet it's an oddly tender movie about loss, love and the need to move on from former yearnings. Working from the excellent original source by Dalton Trumbo called A Guy Named Joe, Spielberg crafts his tale with deftly visual flourishes aiding the sweet nature of the piece, none more so than when Audrey Hepburn arrives {in her last film appearance} as Pete's angel guide, Hap.

Richard Dreyfuss takes the lead role of Pete Sandwich, with both he and Spielberg sharing a passion for A Guy Named Joe. So much so that Spielberg honoured a promise to Dreyfuss back in the Jaws days that he would cast him should he ever remake the film. Holly Hunter takes on the pivotal female lead of Dorinda and does brilliant work, all doe eyed beauty fusing with tight emotion that has the discerning viewer eating out of her hands. John Goodman is suitably ebullient as Al Yackey, with Spielberg framing him rather well in certain scenic sequences, while the only weak link in the film is probably Brad Johnson as Ted Baker, but time has been kind to his performance and it doesn't quite jar as much as it used too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Oliver on 19 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Steven Spielberg's tale of love defying death is a good premise for a story and he does very well. Richard Dreyfus plays the fire pilot who dies trying to save some forest fire men who are trapped by a large blaze. He is recruited by Audrey Hepburn (of all people!) to return to earth and act as a guardian angel/trainer for another young pilot. Little does he know, that he is also there to help his girlfriend (Holly Hunter) and friend (John Goodman) come to terms with his sudden death and move on with their lives. Some good performances from the main players and a joy to see Hepburn on the big screen again in this small cameo. A good solid movie that will leave you with a smile, if not some tears, on your face.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bond7james@aol.com on 9 Jan. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I would place this film on the same level as Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, Message in a Bottle and City of Angels, If you enjoy tearful love stories straight from the directors heart then this is a must. Wonderful acting from both.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Lowe on 21 Sept. 2011
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CONTRARY to what you may have read elsewhere, this wonderful film DOES NOT mark a "low-point" in Steven Spielberg's directorial career. Given time (no pun itended) "Always" will, I believe, go on to be regarded as a classic. It explores the likelihood of survival after what we call death in a gentle, heart-warming, compelling way. So, if you can embrace that notion ... that truth! ... you will, like me, watch "Always" again and again, and never tire of it. Thoroughly recommended, especially to those who understand the fundamental spiritual, eternal nature of life itself. David Lowe
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