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Always
(1990)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

French Horn Solos Performed by:
Jim Thatcher
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
MCA Records
(March 20th, 1990)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are a John Williams completist and appreciate even the composer's most unassuming and mundane efforts.

Avoid it... if you, like most others, are baffled by Williams' inability to conjure any magic, romance, or other spirit for this film's subject matter.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #755
WRITTEN 6/15/98, REVISED 8/6/06
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Always: (John Williams) It is rare that either director Steven Spielberg or composer John Williams produces a total failure of a film or score, and even more rare when they do it together. When searching for the bombs in their collaboration, you can quickly identify 1941 and Always atop the list. For Spielberg, it's easy to see how his judgment became clouded when eagerly assembling this film. He had always been fan of the 1944 Spencer Tracy film A Guy Named Joe, in which Tracy is a pilot who is killed during the war and sent back to the world of the living (by Heaven) to inspire a younger pilot. The true tragedy, however, is that the younger pilot then falls in love with the dead pilot's girlfriend and there's nothing Tracy can do about it. The film was one which Spielberg cites as inspiration for him to become a filmmaker, and he was surprised on the set of Jaws to learn that actor Richard Dreyfuss was also a huge fan of the same film (claiming at the time to have seen it 35 times). Many years later, they finally got together to work on a remake of that film, changing the setting from wartime 1940's to 1980's firefighting in Montana. The planes are much the same, elegantly gliding through the smoke of the fires to drop their loads of retardant. It is during one of these runs that Dreyfuss puts out a fire approaching his downed buddy and, in the process of saving that friend's life, crashes himself into the forest. There he encounters an angel who informs him of the task he has ahead of him before he can ascend to Heaven. That angel is none other than an all-white clad Audrey Hepburn, in her final role before cancer would claim her life a couple of years later. Unfortunately, with hokey dialogue, special effects that are so impressive that they are unrealistic, and a complete lack of genuine urgency in the actions of Dreyfuss, Always became a film that had no purpose other than to be a remake. It was uniformally blasted by critics and ignored by audiences.

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333 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.99 Stars
***** 64 5 Stars
**** 70 4 Stars
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* 74 1 Stars
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This is not AI. It's ET !!
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 68:31
• 1. Smoke Gets in your Eyes (2:51)
Perfomed by J.D. Souter
• 2. Boomerang Love (5:19)
Perfomed by Jimmy Buffett
• 3. Cowboy Man (2:51)
Perfomed by Lyle Lovett
• 4. Give me your Heart (3:54)
Perfomed by Denete Hoover and Sherwood Ball
• 5. A Fool in Love (4:09)
Perfomed by Michael Smotherman
• 6. Smoke Gets in your Eyes (2:38)
Perfomed by The Platters
• 7. Among the Clouds (8:34)
• 8. Follow Me (1:14)
• 9. Pete in Heaven (6:41)
• 10. Saying Goodbye (3:13)
• 11. Pete and Dorinda (3:18)
• 12. The Return (2:29)
• 13. The Rescue Operation (5:14)
• 14. Seeing Dorinda (3:33)
• 15. Intimate Conversation (1:26)
• 16. Promise to Hap (2:29)
• 17. The Old Timer's Shack (4:52)
• 18. Dorinda Solo Flight (3:16)

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