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Movie InfoFor all its state-of-the-art special effects, Always is essentially a remake of the 1943 Spencer Tracy-Irene Dunne fantasy vehicle A Guy Named Joe--minus the wartime context. Richard Dreyfuss stars as a reckless fire-fighting pilot who is killed in what was to have been his final mission. Ascending to Heaven, Dreyfuss is introduced to businesslike angel Audrey Hepburn (playing the equivalent of the Lionel Barrymore role in A Guy Named Joe). Hepburn instructs the spectral Dreyfuss to pass on his aviation knowhow to his young successor, Brad Johnson. Our ghostly hero also smoothes the course of romance for his earthly girl friend Holly Hunter, who after several months' worth of grieving has fallen in love with Johnson. John Goodman injects a dose of comedy relief as Dreyfuss' faithful buddy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Always
Although Always is filled with big, sentimental moments, it lacks the intimacy to make any of this very moving.
For all its Spielbergian action and production values, the film is painfully sappy and wastes its A-list cast by saddling them with a hamfisted script.
Whimsical and affecting enough, but certainly a lesser Spielberg film.
Boring supernatural romance. Tedius and obvious. Wait until the following year's Ghost.
A light, enjoyable piece of fluff with spectacular flying scenes and a dramatically flat story.
Always may be starry-eyed romantic claptrap, but by God, would that all starry-eyed romantic claptrap were so well done.
A touching, beautifully short romance
Spielberg sets his whimsical romance ray for stun ... and comes up with a solid double off the wall.
A rousing adventure story, a romantic comedy, and an affecting afterlife fantasy.
Audience Reviews for Always
You can see where Spielberg got his inspiration from, classics like A Guy named Joe and A Matter Of Life And Death spring to mind. Great films probably ready for a reprisal at that point but unfortunately it is Spielberg's heavy handedness that really takes away a lot of the enjoyment. It's so sentimental and sickly sweet that you actually give up caring. It's as if the aim to entertain was forgotten in the ambition to pull at the heartstrings, I wonder if this was intended as Oscar fodder following The Color Purple and Empire of the Sun missing out both times. The effects are good and the characters are likable but the script and story are just pap. Spielberg hasn't quite learn't his lesson I feel.More
Undeservedly somewhat forgotten Spielberg film that still has many wonders to offer, telling a great love story from beyond the grave. The great director's trademarks are there. Hints of the adventure film, great cinematography and just this certain feeling 1980s films can give you, maybe for the last time in a Spielberg film right here. Maybe a tad sappy at times, but with quite a few really memorable and touching scenes.More
This is Spielberg at his most Capra-esque. This is perhaps Spielberg's least well known feature, but that is, perhaps, because it's unfortunately not all that memorable.
As far as story goes, it is, in broad terms, Ghost a year before it came out. An aerial firefighter dies saving his best friend, but has to help his friends and lover move on before he can cross over. Very sentimental fantasy type stuff, but it is Spielberg, after all.
The film is a bit too long, and the script could be more compelling, but I actually liked this film (for the most part), which is why it's close to a pass, even if it doesn't quite earn it. Maybe I'm being kind because perhaps Spielberg was just in a rut between a good film (Empire of the Sun) and a great one (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).
The film has okay music (though it doesn't really stand out), a decent cast with good performances, and some pretty good work where the special effects, cinematography, and execution of the aerial stuff is concerned. This film is notable for being Audrey Hepburn's last screen appearance, and, while it is nice to see her, she deserved to go out in something a tad better.
This is lesser Spielberg, but it still has it's merits. Maybe you should be like me and give it a chance. Maybe this film isn't all that bad, but just needs a little love.
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