December 22nd, 1989



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

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 6.2/10 (13,291 voted)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Brad Johnson

Pete Sandich and buddy Al Yackey are daredevil aerial forest-fire fighters. Pete finds True Love with Dorinda but won't give up the job. When he takes one risk too many, Dorinda faces deep grief and cannot easily put her life back together.

Writers: Jerry Belson, Dalton Trumbo

Richard Dreyfuss - Pete Sandich
Holly Hunter - Dorinda Durston
Brad Johnson - Ted Baker
John Goodman - Al Yackey
Audrey Hepburn - Hap
Roberts Blossom - Dave
Keith David - Powerhouse
Ed Van Nuys - Nails
Marg Helgenberger - Rachel
Dale Dye - Don
Brian Haley - Alex
James Lashly - Charlie
Michael Steve Jones - Grey
Kim Robillard - Air Traffic Controller
Jim Sparkman - Dispatcher

Taglines: They couldn't hear him. They couldn't see him. But he was there when they needed him... Even after he was gone.

Release Date: 22 December 1989

Filming Locations: Bull Lake, Montana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $31,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $74,134,790 (Worldwide) (1990)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Whilst filming this, Steven Spielberg told John Goodman that he would make the perfect Fred Flintstone. Five years later, Goodman indeed played the famous cartoon character in The Flintstones.

Factual errors: At the climax of the film, a group of endangered smokejumpers is supposedly making their way to a river and safety. However, they are clearly moving uphill. You move uphill to get to a ridge (a fairly safe place to be in a wildfire); you move downhill to get to a river. Also, the entire notion of using retardant drops to save lives from a running timber fire is bogus. Retardant is dropped to slow down (retard) fires so they can be fought more safely, not to save lives.

Al Yackey: The hell with it. What this place reminds me of is the war in Europe.
Pete Sandich: This is deep.
Al Yackey: Which I was personally never at, but think about it. The beer's warm, the dance hall's a Quonset, there's B-26s outside, hotshot pilots inside, an airstrip in the woods... it's England, man! Everything but Glenn Miller! Except we go to burning places and bomb 'em till they stop burning. You see, Pete, there ain't no war here.
Pete Sandich: What's taking her so long?
Al Yackey: This is why they don't make movies called 'Night Raid to Boise, Idaho' or 'Firemen Strike at Dawn'. And this is why you ain't exactly a hero for taking these chances you take. You're more of what I would call a dickhead.

User Review

Why I love the film Always...


I'll just be honest here --- when I originally saw Always at the cinema in 1989, it was just a few months after my big brother passed away prematurely at the age of forty, and I'm not at all afraid to say that I cried like a baby. Like so many Americans, I have watched far too many films that i have taken to heart, but you know, Always is probably one of the final American films to ever really explore and display such deep human issues as unconditional love, mortality, and what a hero really is -- and isn't. It may be mushy, romantic, and a bit flawed, but I am proud that Spielberg made this bitter-sweet film -- I just saw it again and, if anything, it comes across as even more humane and honest in today's America of aggression, greed, and "relative" truth. If you've ever really, honestly, been so in love and committed to someone that you were willing to unconditionally put their needs before you own, or if you've ever lost anyone who meant the world to you, check it out. It changed my life when I first saw it because it made consider death in a new light... and it is about to totally change my life again as I have decided to live every moment for the rest of it as honest and decent and true to myself as possible --something that few of us today are willing to admit is lacking in our lives.


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