Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Always is a well made picture. From Spielberg we expect nothing less, though I think his name hinders this film**. The cinematography and the score are excellent as in all his films, as are the action sequences involving the planes. However, the acting is the strongest part of this film. This is the kind of role Dreyfuss shines in. His fusion of wit and sincere emotion is wonderfull and he delivers some difficult monologues which would seem trite is lesser hands. Holly Hunter and John Goodman are excellent as the people dealing with his loss. Also Audrey Hepburn makes her final screen appearance in two scenes as an angel (how fitting).
**I have this theory about Always. It was almost universally panned by critics, but I think the criticism is directed more at Spielberg than at the film. Certainly Spielberg has made better pictures, and perhaps this film was made on a grander scale than it needed to be, but I think if any other director had done this film it would not have received so much scrutiny. But, I also believe in the hands of a lesser director this movie would not be as good. Always combines action, humor, genuine sorrow, and happiness , and it combines them well, which is no small achievement. Spielberg made a good film, let it go.
Holly Hunter shines as Dorinda, Pete's girlfriend, who tries to come to terms with Pete dying. John Goodman is also funny and loveable as Al, one of the pilot trainers.
I was really disappointed when "Ghost" (although Ghost is a good movie in and of itself too) came out a little while later, because it seemed to have stolen many themes from "Always", such as male lead having problems saying "I love you", male lead being able to have an influence on surviving loved ones after dying, lead female being able to be told eventually "I love you by lead male. Ghost seemed to get more of the rave reviews and sentimental following than Always, because it was a "sexier" movie. acted by "handsomer" actors. Always was told more like a fairy tale. Anyway, I digress.
I found this movie to be magical and I really enjoyed it.
Richard Dreyfuss stars as Pete, a dare-devil aerial firefighter with a penchant for taking a lot of unneccesary chances in his line of work. As much "fun" as he has, he is worrying not only his partner Al (John Goodman), but also his one true love Dorinda (Holly Hunter). After much pressure, including Hunter's threat to leave him, he agrees to settle down and become an instructor for up-and-coming flyers in Colorado after one last mission. But on that mission, in the process of saving Goodman when his plane catches fire, Dreyfuss loses his life when his aircraft explodes. Goodman is horrified, and Hunter devastated.
In heaven (or a burned-out section of forest), Dreyfuss is met by a guardian angel (Audrey Hepburn, in her final role). He comes back to earth as a spirit, to help a rookie fire-fighter (Brad Johnson) learn the tricks of the trade. Johnson does this and more; unfortunately, he also falls head over heels for Hunter, and Dreyfuss feels the pain of having to watch this, not being able to let go. But Hepburn gives him very good counsel, and he is redeemed by saving Hunter from a fiery death in a flight through a nightmarish firestorm.
One of Spielberg's most touching movies, ALWAYS was unfairly castigated by critics as being heavy-handed and manipulative. I, however, am extremely cynical of such critics who only analyze certain films and don't really FEEL anything.Read more ›
So there's no prizes for guessing the outcome when we are introduced to one of the more reckless pilots, Pete Sandich, who is in a non-committal relationship with a beautiful Radio operator back at base, Dorinda Durston, played by Holly Hunter. But before the inevitable, tragic accident, we are treated to some quite romantic scenes. The best of which involves Pete gifting his love with a stunning white cocktail dress. The timing could have been better as she then has to dance with every roughneck fire-stomper in the base.
Pete's best friend, the improbably named Al Yackey, is played by John Goodman. He actually has the best role in the film and whilst he does offer much comic relief, there is much more meat on the character's bones than just humour. In fact he is an integral part in putting all the pieces back together following Pete's death.
Interestingly, the story doesn't really take off until Pete is ashes to ashes. You see the afterlife is not all cheese and biscuits, laying back on fluffy clouds. There's work to do, inspiring the living to be the best they can be, or at least to stop being such losers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of my favorite movies and was glad to get a copy to share with others.Published 12 hours ago by Barbara Mills
Still one of my favorite movies. It is loosely based on A Guy Named Joe. That was Spielberg's favorite movie, which was the inspiration for Always. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Audrey Hepburn's last movie. Just a few cameos but so nice to see her. Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter. A great combination. I watched it every time it came to the television. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Gramma She
Sweet film with a very entertaining depiction of the afterlife, but unfortunately the film suffers from huge stretches of boredom. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie. Actually one of my all time favorites! It really makes you think, laugh, and cry. I understand it is a remake of an old movie but I have yet to watch the older one. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ramona Binkley
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Fantasy
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Kids & Family
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Romance
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Universal Studios Home Entertainment > All Universal Studios Titles
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Universal Studios Home Entertainment > Classics
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Universal Studios Home Entertainment > Drama
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Universal Studios Home Entertainment > Science Fiction & Fantasy