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Once Around

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Insightful, moving performances make ONCE AROUND, Lasse Hallstrom's family comedy-drama, a unique and memorable film. The Bella family is a close as any--maybe too close. Sisters Jan (Laura San Giacomo) and Renata (Holly Hunter) are together on the day of Jan's wedding. Jan is marrying her dream man (Tim Guinee), yet still carrying on an affair with another man (Jim Redstone), while Renata has just faced the reality that her live-in boyfriend (Griffin Dunne) will never marry her. Renata soon finds herself living at home again, and regressing easily into the role of the failed but beloved daughter to smart, beautiful Marilyn (Gena Rowlands) and fair-minded Joe (Danny Aiello). Vowing to pull her life together, she takes a new job selling condo timeshares on the island of St. Thomas. There, she meets arrogant, gregarious, and overconfident Sam Sharpe (Richard Dreyfuss), a super salesman from a Lithuanian family, who is as madly in love with her as she is with him. It is this dedicated, loving, and eccentric relationship that, ironically, begins to pull the close-knit Bellas apart. What lies ahead for all is a complex patchwork of familial disharmony, undying loyalty, cultural tradition, tragedy, and triumph. The interplay between family members, their closeness and resentments, permeate an unusual story with characters that are each unique and unforgettable.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 24220

  • Credits
    Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Laura San Giacomo, Danny Aiello, Gena Rowlands, Tim Guinee, Roxanne Hart, Danton Stone, Greg Germann
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A pungently comic and moving love story in which affection and anger get equal time and ring equally true..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Dreyfuss, as ever, gives his all and then some..."
    New York Times

    "...ONCE AROUND is a film of good and credible moments..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "...Beautiful to look at and full of richly realized characters....Halstrom seems to be drawn to so-called domestic subjects, treating them with humor, unsentimental clarity and a steadfast belief that continuity is one of life's givens..."
    Los Angeles Times

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