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Once Around (1991)

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Renata Bella feels like a failure at life and career. But when Renata attends a seminar on selling real estate, she finally finds True Love. Sam Sharpe, while a top-notch, successful ... See full summary »

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Lasse Hallström
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Sam Sharpe
Holly Hunter ... Renata Bella
Danny Aiello ... Joe Bella
Laura San Giacomo ... Jan Bella
Gena Rowlands ... Marilyn Bella
Roxanne Hart ... Gail Bella
Danton Stone ... Tony Bella
Tim Guinee ... Peter Hedges
Greg Germann ... Jim Redstone
Griffin Dunne ... Rob
Cullen O. Johnson Cullen O. Johnson ... Sonny
Joan Gay Joan Gay ... Aunt
Lou Criscuolo Lou Criscuolo ... Uncle
Myra Taylor Myra Taylor ... Trainer #1
Michael Steve Jones Michael Steve Jones ... Trainer #2
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Storyline

Renata Bella feels like a failure at life and career. But when Renata attends a seminar on selling real estate, she finally finds True Love. Sam Sharpe, while a top-notch, successful salesman, is much older than Renata. She is swept away by his excessively flamboyant style and irrepressible nature. The very traits she finds romantic, however, lead to repeated conflict with her family, especially her beloved father Joe, leaving Renata trapped in the middle. Written by Reid Gagle

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What do you do when you think you have found the man of your dreams. And no one else notices. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ce cher intrus See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$309,571, 21 January 1991

Gross USA:

$14,851,083

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,851,083
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The customized license plate on the car of Sam Sharpe (Richard Dreyfuss) read "SHARPE". See more »

Goofs

Once the other members of the Bella family learn about Sam's relationship with Renata, they all express skepticism about his motives, his fidelity, his purported wealth, etc. Nevertheless, ultimately they all accept him without any intervening activities that demonstrate his trustworthiness. See more »

Quotes

Renata Bella: He says I'm not intellectual.
Joe Bella: Who gives a shit!
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Worst Films of 1990 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Fly Me to the Moon
Written by Bart Howard
Performed by Frank Sinatra with Count Basie and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
Also Performed by Danny Aiello, Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter and Rene Mandel
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A Great Underrated Film
26 December 2008 | by wleongittens-1See all my reviews

I stumbled across this film late one night when there was nothing on HBO, Showtime or the countless other channels in our now 500-channel universe. "Once Around" has a great cast, an excellent story line and a song track that I just love.

Any film that has Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter as leads and Gena Rowlands as a supporting actress should be a must see film and I don't know how this one got passed me when it was first released. It seems Richard Dryfuss's "Where Bob?" got all the attention in 1991 and this film seems to have come in under the radar.

"Once Around" displays real emotions, conflicts and family dynamics in a way that makes you laugh and makes you cry. Danny Aiello gives a great performance without going over the top and a young, Laura San Giacoma, before her "Just Shoot Me" days gives a glimpse of the star she should have become.

Congratulations to all who were involved in the endeavor.


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