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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)

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


Roberts Blossom


Keith David


Ed Van Nuys


Marg Helgenberger


Dale Dye


Brian Haley


James Lashly


Michael Steve Jones


Kim Robillard

Air Traffic Controller

Jim Sparkman


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


Gross: $74,134,790

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.