- 2 hr 2 min
Always is a romantic drama directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 1989. The movie is a remake of the 1943 film, A Guy Named Joe. The story revolves around Pete Sandich (Richard Dreyfuss), a daredevil pilot who works for a firefighting aviation unit. His girlfriend Dorinda Durston (Holly Hunter) is also a pilot who flies water tankers to extinguish forest fires.
One day, while battling a raging forest fire, Pete's plane goes down, and he loses his life. However, his spirit is refused entry into heaven by the celestial dispatcher, Hap (Audrey Hepburn), because he was too reckless and did not value his life. Hap gives him a chance to redeem himself by becoming a guardian angel to another young pilot, Ted Baker (Brad Johnson). Pete takes the offer and starts guiding Ted in his flying career and his love life with Dorinda.
The movie explores themes of love, loss, mortality, and redemption. The chemistry between Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter is palpable and adds a touch of poignancy to the scenes. The aerial sequences that involve firefighting planes flying through dense smoke and fire are thrilling and well-executed.
One of the central conflicts in the movie is the tension between Pete and Dorinda's professional ambitions and their personal relationship. Dorinda is a talented and ambitious pilot who is in love with Pete but is not willing to give up her career for him. Pete, on the other hand, is more content with their relationship and is not driven by the same professional ambition as Dorinda.
The other main conflict is Pete's struggle to let go of his old life and accept his new role as a guardian angel. He is initially resistant to the idea, but as he spends more time with Ted, he starts to see the value of his new mission.
The movie has a strong supporting cast, including John Goodman as Pete's best friend, Al, and Brad Johnson as Ted Baker, the young pilot who becomes the focus of the second half of the movie. Audrey Hepburn's small but pivotal role as Hap adds a touch of whimsy to the movie.
The soundtrack by John Williams is memorable and adds to the emotional resonance of the movie. The song "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," performed by PlÃ¡cido Domingo, is particularly haunting.
Overall, Always is a beautifully executed romantic drama that deals with timeless themes of love, loss, and redemption. The movie's sentimentality may be too much for some viewers, but it is a touching tribute to the power of love and the importance of living life to the fullest.
Always is a 1989 romance movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 2 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 50.