26. ALWAYS (1989)
Release Date: December 22, 1989
Chronology: 1989 was the first year in which Spielberg had two movies come out, having released Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade seven months earlier. Hook would follow two years later.
Box Office: $44 million ($84 million, adjusted for inflation)
Oscars: No nominations
Premise: A cocky pilot dies, but can’t move on until he helps his grieving, widowed girlfriend move on and find the value of love again.
Over two hours?: By two minutes, yes
John Williams Score?: Yes
Father Issues?: Nope
War?: Not this time
Special Appearance: Audrey Hepburn
Fun Fact: Audrey Hepburn donated her entire $1,000,000 salary for Always to UNICEF.
Best Line: “I love you, Pete… but I’m not enjoying it.”
Verdict: The movie’s first problem is having an incredibly unlikeable protagonist. Its second is its overly sentimental and saccharine tone. The fact the movie’s boring, to boot, doesn’t help matters. Good supporting performances from John Goodman and Holly Hunter can’t make up for Dreyfuss’s grumpiness.
Rating: 3 stars / 5