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Always (1985)

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Henry Jaglom, the best professional "home movie" maker in the business, produced, directed, wrote and starred in Always. Also appearing is Jaglom's ex-wife Patrice Townsend, here cast as...his ex-wife. Showing up one night at Jaglom's home to finalize the divorce decree, Townsend is persuaded to stay by her former husband, who hopes to talk her out of dissolving the marriage. Sideline characters include Melissa Leo as Townsend's uninhibited sister, and Alan Rachins as a reclusive type. Mostly improvised, Always attempts to offer up a few sobering truths about relationships.

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Cast

Bud Townsend
as Judy's father
Bob Rafelson
as David's neighbor
Michael Emil
as David's brother
Michael Kaye
as Young Couple
Martina Finch
as Young Couple
Peter Rafelson
as Young Man
Thatcher Keats
as Young Man
Andre Gregory
as Party philosopher
Sheila Ochs
as Party Guest
Arlene Lorre
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Always

All Critics (1)

'Always' takes forever to end and the characters all return home with little more than a hangover. You'll probably feel exhausted as well.

August 25, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Always

A couple on the verge of divorce spend a 4th of July weekend entertaining their friends and examining why their own relationship went in the shitter. To be honest, this has some interesting moments, but overall just seems to be sending the message that any relationship is a tenuous house of cards waiting to fall apart at any moment. The director and his ex-wife star as the leads, perhaps giving you an insight into why they divorced, if his nagging, passive-aggressive bullshit in the film is any indication of their real life. Worth a look for the indie film fan, but I wouldn't believe the 'better than Woody Allen' hype on the DVD box.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

ALWAYS: What a weekend. David (Henry Jaglom) and Judy (Patrice Townsend), real-life ex husband and wife, play out their relationship?s end (or re-beginning) in the house where they actually lived. An intensely personal film. Had I actually been there for the 4th of July weekend, where Judy and David are joined by best friends Lucy (Joanna Frank) and Eddie (Alan Rachins), I probably would have gone crazy, especially after they?re joined by Judy?s sister Peggy and her boyfriend. But being a fly on the wall and observing these couples deal with their issues and each other was fascinating. Lots of funny moments and poignant ones, as well. The question remains ? when is a relationship really over, especially if you still love each other? Jaglom?s in-your-face, improvisational style makes for a sharp level of reality. Are the lines blurred between acting and real life? I really enjoyed this film. See it and decide for yourself. 

Sunnie Williams
Sunnie Williams
½

A film at odds with itself -- the realism of the improvisational dialog butts heads with the rather artificial nature of the plot.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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