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Always (1989)




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A pilot in a group of forest-fire fighters is killed during his final mission but soon returns as a spirit to help his successor and provide comfort for his grieving girlfriend. This fantasy-drama is a remake of the 1943 Spencer Tracy film A Guy Named Joe.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Dalton Trumbo, Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, Jerry Belson, Ronald Bass, Melissa Mathison
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 1999
MCA Universal Home Video


Richard Dreyfuss
as Pete Sandich
Holly Hunter
as Dorinda Durston
Brad Johnson
as Ted Baker
John Goodman
as Al Yackey
Keith David
as Powerhouse
Dale Dye
as Fire Boss
James Lashly
as Charlie
Kim Robillard
as Air Traffic Controll...
Jim Sparkman
as Dispatcher
Douglas McGrath
as Bus Driver
Gerry Rothschild
as Carl the Barkeep
Loren Smothers
as Bartender
Ted Grossman
as Fisherman #2
Doug McGrath
as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for Always

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8)

Although Always is filled with big, sentimental moments, it lacks the intimacy to make any of this very moving.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

An unfulfilled promise, a plummeting dove.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The result is a curiosity: a remake that wasn't remade enough.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2006

Audience Reviews for Always

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.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

While there are some really fun moments, Always feels like about 3 different movies mashed together. The first twenty five minutes are really enjoyable and then it starts to wander around it's story and never gets back on it's feet.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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