Always [DVD] [1989]

Always may not have been director Steven Spielberg's greatest hit, but it's still an enduring remake of the World War II classic A Guy Named Joe. The story of pilots who risk their lives to fly fire bombers in some of the worst forest fires imaginable, it's also a romance, a look at life and how we all make a difference in the world. The DVD version is presented in anamorphic widescreen and features Dolby Surround in English and French, along with English subtitles. The sound is good and the picture excellent; the opening scene of a plane flying low over a lake to pick up water will have viewers ducking for cover. Extra features include production notes, cast and crew bios, film highlights, a theatrical trailer, and web links to more information. Some interviews with the stars would have been fun, but there are plenty of bonus materials to keep fans occupied.
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Special Features

  • Production notes
  • Cast & filmmakers' bios
  • Film highlights
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Web links


For 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

Cast & Crew

  • Richard Dreyfuss
    Richard Dreyfuss - Pete Sandich
  • Holly Hunter
    Holly Hunter - Dorinda Durston
  • Brad Johnson
    Brad Johnson - Ted Baker
  • John Goodman
    John Goodman - Al Yackey
  • Audrey Hepburn
    Audrey Hepburn - Hap

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