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Encyclopedia > Always (film)
Always
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Richard Dreyfuss
Holly Hunter
Brad Johnson
John Goodman
Audrey Hepburn
Music by John Williams
Distributed by Universal Pictures
United Artists
Release date(s) December 22, 1989
(United States)
Running time 122 min.
Language English
Budget $29,500,000 (estimated)
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Always is a 1989 romantic comedy-drama directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman. Audrey Hepburn makes her final film appearance as an angel. The film was distributed by Universal Studios and United Artists. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946), commonly referred to as Steven Spielberg, is a highly famous, enormously influential, three-time Academy Award winning American film director and producer who is one of the most prominent figures from the world of cinema and whose very name has become synonymous with... Richard Stephen Dreyfuss (born October 29, 1947) is an Oscar-winning American actor. ... Holly Hunter (born March 20, 1958 in Conyers, Georgia) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Brad Johnson is an American actor and former Marlboro Man. ... John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is a Golden Globe award winner and Emmy award nominated American actor. ... Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) was an Academy Award-winning actress of film and theatre, Broadway stage performer, ballerina, fashion model, and humanitarian. ... John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer and conductor. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... // Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946), commonly referred to as Steven Spielberg, is a highly famous, enormously influential, three-time Academy Award winning American film director and producer who is one of the most prominent figures from the world of cinema and whose very name has become synonymous with... Richard Stephen Dreyfuss (born October 29, 1947) is an Oscar-winning American actor. ... Holly Hunter (born March 20, 1958 in Conyers, Georgia) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952) is a Golden Globe award winner and Emmy award nominated American actor. ... Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) was an Academy Award-winning actress of film and theatre, Broadway stage performer, ballerina, fashion model, and humanitarian. ... A Gothic angel in ivory, c1250, Louvre An angel is a supernatural being found in many religions. ... This article is about the major American media conglomerate. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ...


The film concerns aerial firefighters who fly war-surplus aircraft dropping fire retardant slurry on wildfires. The movie is set in Kootenai National Forest, Montana. Bombardier CL-415 waterbomber of the Province of Québec Aerial firefighting is a method to combat wildfires using aircraft. ... A fire retardant is a substance that helps to delay or prevent combustion. ... Fire in San Bernardino, California Mountains (image taken from the International Space Station) A wildfire, also known as a forest fire, vegetation fire, grass fire, or bushfire (in Australasia), is an uncontrolled fire in wildland often caused by lightning; other common causes are human carelessness and arson. ... Scotchmans Peak in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Kootenai National Forest is located in the far northwestern section of Montana and the northeasternmost lands in the Idaho panhandle, United States along the Canadian border. ... Official language(s) English Capital Helena Largest city Billings Area  Ranked 4th  - Total 147,165 sq mi (381,156 km²)  - Width 255 miles (410 km)  - Length 630 miles (1,015 km)  - % water 1  - Latitude 44°26N to 49°N  - Longitude 104°2W to 116°2W Population  Ranked...


The script is based somewhat on the 1943 movie A Guy Named Joe in that one of the pilots dies and returns as an angel to mentor a new pilot, only to find the new pilot falling in love with his former girlfriend. See also: 1942 in film 1943 1944 in film 1940s in film years in film film // Events Top grossing films North America For Whom the Bell Tolls The Song of Bernadette This is the Army Stage Door Canteen Random Harvest Star Spangled Rhythm Casablanca Journey Into Fear Academy Awards Best... A Guy Named Joe is a 1943 film by Victor Fleming. ...


Synopsis

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Pete (Dreyfuss) and Dorinda (Hunter) have the kind of love that appears all too rarely. After another of Pete's overly "heroic" and risky flying stunts, all the pilots, mechanics and firemen are hanging out at the saloon. Pete surprises Dorinda with a stunning new white dress for her birthday, although (typical of their relationship) it turns out to be the wrong day. She puts on the dress anyway and all the guys rush to wash their hands so they get a turn dancing with her (Pete holds the towels for them), to the lovely melody of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. The 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park Fire was a large forest fire that took place in British Columbia, Canada in 2003. ... Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is a song written by American composer Jerome Kern for his 1933 Broadway musical Roberta. ...


His friend, Al (Goodman), sits him down for a beer and likens their situation to wartime England (Quonset huts, warm beer, and hotshot pilots flying bombers) in order to emphasize the key difference: Operation Pointblank was the code name for the Combined Bomber Offensive of the USAAF and the RAF during World War II. It ordered Arthur Bomber Harris, head of the RAF and Carl Spaatz, head of the U.S. 8th Air Force, to bomb specific targets in support of the run... A typical Quonset hut A Quonset hut is a lightweight prefabricated structure of corrugated steel having a semicircular cross section. ...

Pete, there ain't no war here. And this is why you're not exactly a hero for taking these chances you take. You're more of what I would call a dickhead.

Dorinda confronts Pete:

I could at least understand how you fly if you were risking yourself for civilization. If you were putting your life on the line for another life, anybody's life. (I love you, Pete, but I'm not enjoying it.)

The two flyers call each other “Al the Pal” and “Peter St. Peter,” eponymous call signs which reflect their roles with heavy irony. Al is Pete's pal, a big trustworthy guy who really cares about Pete's well-being and is an enthusiastic booster of his relationship with Dorinda. No trace of jealousy or envy mars the purity of his friendship. According to tradition, Peter was crucified upside-down, as shown in this painting by Caravaggio. ... An eponym is a person (real or fictitious) whose name has become identified with a particular object or activity. ... Call sign can refer to different types of call signs: Airline call sign Aviator call sign Cosmonaut call sign Radio and television call signs Tactical call sign, also known as a tactical designator See also: International Callsign Allocations, Maritime Mobile Service Identity This is a disambiguation page — a navigational...


After deciding to take Al's advice and take a safe job training pilots in Flat Rock Colorado, Pete risks his life one last time. While on a bombing run, one of the engines on Al's Catalina water bomber catches on fire, and Pete makes a dangerously steep dive to extinguish it with slurry. He saves Al, but his A-26 bomber flies so low it hits one of the burning trees, catches fire and explodes. Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  Ranked 8th  - Total 104,185 sq mi (269,837 km²)  - Width 280 miles (451 km)  - Length 380 miles (612 km)  - % water 0. ... PBY Catalina was the United States Navy designation for an American and Canadian-built flying boat of the 1930s and 1940s. ... Phos-Chek is the brand name of a flame retardant used to fight wildfires. ... First flown in 1942, the Douglas A-26 Invader (after 1948, the B-26, and after 1966, the A-26A) was a twin-engined light attack bomber aircraft built during World War II and seeing service in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. ...


The next thing he knows, he's getting his hair cut in a beautiful forest setting, although six months have elapsed in the real world. His barber, Hap (Audrey Hepburn in her final screen role) — who is actually an angel — explains Pete's new role. Just as he was inspired when he needed it most, now he in turn is going to provide Spiritus ("the divine breath") to others. As she puts it, “They hear you inside their own minds as if it were their thoughts.” Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993) was an Academy Award-winning actress of film and theatre, Broadway stage performer, ballerina, fashion model, and humanitarian. ... Spiritus (Latin for breathing, compare spirit) in Byzantine Greek orthography may refer to Spiritus lenis, the soft breathing Spiritus asper, the hard breathing This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


Pete is a guardian angel now (“We don't send back the other kind”) and is assigned to guide the true-hearted but awkward new pilot, Ted (Brad Johnson), who's falling in love with Dorinda. This becomes Pete's biggest challenge: to say goodbye to Dorinda instead of selfishly hanging on to a love which can no longer be. A guardian angel is a spirit who is believed to protect and to guide a particular person. ... Brad Johnson is an American actor and former Marlboro Man. ...


Ted volunteers for an extremely dangerous mission, one that is vital to save some firefighters surrounded by flames. Unable to bear the thought of losing another loved one, Dorinda steals Ted's plane and completes the job, with Pete's inspiration. On the way back, he tells her all the things he wanted to say, but never got around to while he was alive. When they land, he releases her heart, so that Ted can take his place, saying “That's my girl… and that's my boy.”

Spoilers end here.

See also

The following movies are listed because their primary topic involves firefighting, or because significant attention is given to some aspect of firefighters or their lives. ...

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Always (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (652 words)
Always is a 1989 romantic comedy-drama directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman.
The film was distributed by Universal Studios and United Artists.
The film concerns aerial firefighters who fly war-surplus aircraft dropping fire retardant slurry on wildfires.
Always - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (187 words)
Always (film) (1989), a romantic comedy-drama directed by Steven Spielberg.
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"Always", a song by the British synth pop duo Erasure, on their album I Say, I Say, I Say (1994).
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