Always (1989)

35mm film, 70mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby (35mm prints), 70mm 6-Track (70mm prints), English

An American fantasy film directed by Steven Spielberg.

Plot Summary

Pete Sandich is an aerial forest-fire fighter who falls in love with fellow pilot Dorinda. Pete is renowned for his risk taking and one day he takes it too far with fatal results. After his death in a horrific accident, Pete returns as an invisible ghost to guide Ted, the pilot who will be his replacement and to keep an eye on his heart-broken, beloved Dorinda. But he is helpless to intervene when Ted begins to fall in love with her too…


Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Aerial Sequence Director: Joe Johnston
Additional Aerial Sequences Director: James W. Gavin
Universal Pictures and United Artists present. Amblin Entertainment, U-Drive Productions, United Artists, Universal Pictures. A Steven Spielberg film
Produced by: Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy
Co-Producer: Richard Vane
Screenplay by: Jerry Belson
Based on “A Guy Named Joe” screenplay by Dalton Trumbo
Adaptation by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan
Story by: Chandler Sprague and David Boehm
Director of Photography: Mikael Salomon
Film Editor: Michael Kahn
Music by: John Williams
Sound Mixer: Willie D. Burton
Costumes Designed by: Ellen Mirojnick
Make Up: Don L. Cash, James McCoy
Hair: Dione Taylor-Demsky, Carolyn Elias, Susan V. Kalinowski
Special Effects Supervisor: Michael Wood
Visual Effects: Industrial Light and Magic
Production Design by: James Bissell

Richard Dreyfuss (Pete Sandich)
Holly Hunter (Dorinda Durston)
John Goodman (Al Yackey)
Brad Johnson (Ted Baker)
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)
Doug McGrath (bus driver)
Shereil L. Bowens, Acencion Fuentes, Todd Jacobson, DeMarious T. Morganfield (children on bus)
Mike O'Neal (ground pounder 1)
Larry Landless (ground pounder 2)
Steve Shatnyski (ground pounder 3)
James Pruitt (ground pounder 4)

Alternative Titles

Além da Eternidade – Brazilian title
Always – Der Feuerengel von Montana – German title
Always – Pour toujours – French title
Always per sempre – Italian title
Ikuisesti – Finnish title
Na zawsze – Polish title
Para siempre – Spanish title
Sempre – Portugese title
Siempre – Argentinian title
Zawsze – Polish title

Remake of
A Guy Named Joe (1943)

Includes extracts from
Saturday Night Live (1975-)


New Musical Express 24 March 1990 p.25 – illustrated review
Studio March 1990 p.21 – review (by Denis Parent)
Première March 1990 p.13 – review (by Jean-Paul Chaillet)

Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.21 – credits, review
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.244 – credits, review

Other sources
BFI Southbank Guide June 2016 p.18 – illustrated listing