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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always - you'll want to watch it again and again...
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,...
Published on 5 Sep 2003 by orchy

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Tear Jerker
I actually purchased this film for a friend who remembered it from way back - I hope he will not be as disappointed when he watches it as I was. I felt that it was a film trying to go somewhere, but failing. Its just an okay film, but there are hundreds of other films that are far better than this so unless you are like my friend, I'd avoid it - even if it is cheap!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always - you'll want to watch it again and again..., 5 Sep 2003
This review is from: Always [VHS] (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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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Always... a decent feel good movie, 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unlikely film from Spielberg..., 19 Oct 2003
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N. Oliver ""pinky"" (barnstaple, devon) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Always [VHS] (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent a must buy!, 9 Jan 2001
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bond7james@aol.com (James, Cheshire, England.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Always [VHS] (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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's better to have loved and lost, than etc etc......, 10 Nov 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Always [DVD] (DVD)
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. The critics hated it on release and the watching public were most indifferent to it as well. Yet it's definitely one to revisit as we all get older, be it with a loved one or during times of reflection. You obviously can't get away from the sentimental aspects of it, but sometimes sentiment is a necessity to smooth out those rough edges. Charming, delightful and a real important film in Steven Spielberg's career. 7/10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SPIELBERG CLASSIC, 21 Sep 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a contemporary fairy tale, 3 May 2002
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Jennifer Hargreaves (las vegas, nevada United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Always [DVD] (DVD)
A story of romance and love that lifts the spirit. More importantly it gives the watcher urgue to dream. A remake of the movie "A guy named Joe", this contemporary piece reflects the immense power of love that we all feel at one point or another. A movie I would dedicate to the one dream I had. Frida.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film, 27 Aug 2013
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I watched this film years ago, but decided to get the cd -which I did from Amazon! Now I have the dvd and the cd and I think this film is up there with the best of films! You wont be disappointed if you buy this dvd-its wonderful! I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audrey Hepburn......, 9 Aug 2013
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Her appearance alone is worth the purchase, but it's a good movie with a superb cast. Richard dreyfus has that special something that gives a character 'meaning'...saw him in "The Competition" with Amy Irvine, another great movie ....well I think so!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful romance, 29 July 2013
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you will need a box of tissues for this move, it is very moving and very funny. Great music as well.
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