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251 Ratings


Directed by Steven Spielberg
United States, 1989
Drama, Fantasy


A romantic adventure about a legendary pilot’s passion for dare-devil firefighting and his girl.

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Always Directed by Steven Spielberg

Critics reviews

Always—that’s the really sappy one where Richard Dreyfuss plays a dead fighter pilot who gets sent back to Earth to watch over Holly Hunter and teach Brad Johnson everything he knows about flying a tanker plane—is not one of Steven Spielberg’s more fondly remembered movies (it’s barely remembered, period), and its reputation as the nadir of the director’s sentimental streak is fair. But hot damn if it isn’t a charmingly strange movie.
July 14, 2017
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Spielberg’s shortcomings in portraying adult men and women are painfully on view. The antierotic, overgrown kid quality is inscribed in the casting. Dreyfuss and Hunter can do romantic comedy, but erotic yearning is beyond them. . . . If Spielberg’s heart isn’t “into” romance or desire, the emotion of longing is one he deeply understands.
January 03, 2017
Holly Hunter is an inspired choice for the heroine because her natural quirks deepen a very sketchy role. (Laura Dern did the same in Jurassic Park.) This is also the only film on which Spielberg worked with cinematographer (and eventual helmer of Peter Labuza favoriteFreezer) Mikael Salomon, who does a killer Allen Daviau impression with all the backlighting and ethereal light sources.
August 10, 2015
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