My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Always (1989)

STEVEN SPIELBERG

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1989Universal Pictures, United Artists, Amblin Entertainment, U-Drive Productions.  Screenplay by , from the screenplay A Guy Named Joe by , adapted by , from the story by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Steven Spielberg.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Brad Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter in Always.

In this remake of A Guy Named Joe,  plays an airborne firefighter who dies in a tragic accident, leaving behind his heartbroken girlfriend () and his best friend (). Once Dreyfuss has accepted the fact that he is dead, a heavenly messenger from above (, her last appearance on screen) tells him that he must stay by Hunter’s side and help guide her through the next transitional period of her life, one where she gets over her grief for him and embraces a new romance with a handsome young pilot (). Dreyfuss thinks it will be a piece of cake, but spending time around his old love without being able to be truly near her lets him realize that the difficulty in letting go will be mostly on his part and not hers. Lushly romantic, featuring wonderful performances (especially Hunter), it doesn’t quite recreate the feeling of an old-fashioned melodrama, but it’s an amicable effort all the same.

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