Once Around (1991)

R | 115 mins | Comedy-drama, Romance | 18 January 1991

Director:

Lasse Hallstrom

Cinematographer:

Theo Van de Sande

Production Designer:

David Gropman

Production Companies:

Universal Pictures , Cinecom
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HISTORY

Producer Griffin Dunne makes a cameo appearance in the film as the marriage-averse boyfriend, “Rob.”
       According to an 18 Jan 1991 review in Rolling Stone, screenwriter Malia Scotch Marmo wrote Once Around in the mid-1980s, while still a student in the film program at Columbia University. She sent the script to the producing team of Amy Robinson and Griffin Dunne, who optioned it. The producers then arranged for Marmo to attend a 1986 Sundance Institute writing workshop, so she could polish the screenplay. One year later, a 27 May 1987 Var news item reported that Once Around had won a collegiate screenwriting competition sponsored by Laurel Entertainment. The screenwriter was awarded $1,500.
       On 21 Jul 1988, DV announced that Swedish director Lasse Hallström would direct the $8.5 million picture. The film was scheduled to begin production at the end of 1988, and would mark Hallström’s English-language directing debut. However, a 26 Oct 1988 Var news brief quoted Hallström as saying he did not know when filming would commence. Rolling Stone attributed the delay to scheduling and contract conflicts. Seven months later, a 19 May 1989 DV article stated that the movie, starring Oscar-nominated actors Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter, would film on location in “New York, Boston, and the Bahamas” beginning Jan 1990. The budget was said to be more than $16 million.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files state that principal photography began 19 Feb 1990 in Boston, MA. Cast and crew spent three weeks in the Boston area shooting “essential exteriors and establishing shots.” Production then moved to Durham, NC, ... More Less

Producer Griffin Dunne makes a cameo appearance in the film as the marriage-averse boyfriend, “Rob.”
       According to an 18 Jan 1991 review in Rolling Stone, screenwriter Malia Scotch Marmo wrote Once Around in the mid-1980s, while still a student in the film program at Columbia University. She sent the script to the producing team of Amy Robinson and Griffin Dunne, who optioned it. The producers then arranged for Marmo to attend a 1986 Sundance Institute writing workshop, so she could polish the screenplay. One year later, a 27 May 1987 Var news item reported that Once Around had won a collegiate screenwriting competition sponsored by Laurel Entertainment. The screenwriter was awarded $1,500.
       On 21 Jul 1988, DV announced that Swedish director Lasse Hallström would direct the $8.5 million picture. The film was scheduled to begin production at the end of 1988, and would mark Hallström’s English-language directing debut. However, a 26 Oct 1988 Var news brief quoted Hallström as saying he did not know when filming would commence. Rolling Stone attributed the delay to scheduling and contract conflicts. Seven months later, a 19 May 1989 DV article stated that the movie, starring Oscar-nominated actors Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter, would film on location in “New York, Boston, and the Bahamas” beginning Jan 1990. The budget was said to be more than $16 million.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files state that principal photography began 19 Feb 1990 in Boston, MA. Cast and crew spent three weeks in the Boston area shooting “essential exteriors and establishing shots.” Production then moved to Durham, NC, where a home representing the “Bella” residence was located. The actors and director had spent two weeks rehearsing in the house before production began. After “several weeks” shooting in Durham, production concluded on St. Martin, an island in the Caribbean.
       As noted by several contemporary sources, Once Around premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 17 Jan 1991. Widespread theatrical release followed the next day.
       End credits include the following acknowledgments: “The producers wish to thank the following: Frank Daniel and the Sundance Institute; Governor & Mrs. James G. Martin of North Carolina; The North Carolina Film Commission; Pelican Resort & Casino, St. Maarten; Massachusetts Film Office; Massachusetts Film Office; The Town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire; American Airlines; Eddie Bauer; Donghia, Inc.; Elizabeth Eakins; Major League Baseball Properties; Princess Ribbon Corporation; Veronique Delachaux Maternity Boutique of New York and Boston; and Pam and Lee Williams.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Jul 1988.
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Daily Variety
19 May 1989.
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Daily Variety
16 Jan 1991
p. 2, 55.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jan 1991
p. 11, 72.
Los Angeles Times
18 Jan 1991
p. 18.
New York Times
18 Jan 1991
Section C, p. 12.
Rolling Stone
18 Jan 1991.
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Variety
27 May 1987.
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Variety
26 Oct 1988.
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Variety
21 Jan 1991
pp. 78-79.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Universal Pictures and Cinecom Entertainment Group present
A Double Play production
A Lasse Hallström film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Loader
Gaffer
Best boy
Elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Still photog, Boston unit
Elec, Boston unit
Grip, Boston unit
Grip, Boston unit
Grip, Boston unit
Projectionist, Boston unit
Still photog, North Carolina unit
Elec, North Carolina unit
Elec, North Carolina unit
Grip, North Carolina unit
Grip, North Carolina unit
Projectionist, North Carolina unit
Lighting & grip equipment
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept coord
Art dir, Boston unit
Art dept PA, North Carolina unit
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
Edited electronically on the
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Prop person
Asst set dec, Boston unit
Set dresser, Boston unit
Scenic artist, Boston unit
Prop asst, Boston unit
Asst set dec, North Carolina unit
Leadman, North Carolina unit
Leadman, North Carolina unit
Scenic artist, North Carolina unit
Const coord, North Carolina unit
Prop asst, North Carolina unit
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Ward supv
Ward attendant
Ward asst, North Carolina unit
Mr. Dreyfuss' suits by
Mr. Dreyfuss' suits courtesy of
Watches by
Furs by
Holly Hunter's wedding gown, her bridesmaids' dres
All other wedding gowns, bridesmaids' dresses and
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus ed
Mus rec eng
Orchestrator
Orchestrator
Mus supv
Mus contractor
Mus project mgr
SOUND
Sd mixer
Supv sd ed
Sd ed
ADR ed
Sd FX ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst ADR ed
Apprentice sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Post prod coord
Re-rec mixer
Foley artist
Foley eng
Foley mixer
Post prod facilities
VISUAL EFFECTS
Main and end titles des and prod by
DANCE
Wedding dance choreog, North Carolina unit
Folk dance choreog, North Carolina unit
MAKEUP
Key hairstylist
Key makeup
Ms. Hunter & Mr. Dreyfuss' hair by
Ms. Hunter & Mr. Dreyfuss' makeup by
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Prod supv
Prod coord
Loc supv
Prod auditor
Scr supv
Asst auditor
Asst to the producers
Asst to Mr. Hallström
Key prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod contact/NY
Dialect coach
Dialect coach
Dialect coach
Lithuanian consultant
Asst prod coord, Boston Unit
Loc coord, Boston unit
Accounting asst, Boston unit
Background casting, Boston unit
Background casting, Boston unit
Transportation coord, Boston unit
Key prod asst, Boston unit
Loc PA, Boston unit
Office PA, Boston unit
Loc coord/New Hampshire, Boston unit
Loc PA/New Hampshire, Boston unit
Skating pond specialist, Boston unit
Skating pond specialist, Boston unit
Skating instructor, Boston unit
Loc mgr, North Carolina unit
Asst prod coord, North Carolina unit
Loc PA, North Carolina unit
Loc casting, North Carolina unit
Casting asst, North Carolina unit
Transportation coord, North Carolina unit
Transportation capt, North Carolina unit
Caterers, North Carolina unit
Product placement services
Developed in association with
STAND INS
Addl voice
Addl voice
Addl voice
Addl voice
Addl voice
Addl voice
Addl voice
Addl voice
Addl voice
COLOR PERSONNEL
Processing by
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“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
“Glory Of Love,” written by Billy Hill, performed by Danny Aiello
“Mama,” written by C. A. Bixio, Italian words by C. Cherbini, performed by Danny Aiello
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SONGS
“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
“Glory Of Love,” written by Billy Hill, performed by Danny Aiello
“Mama,” written by C. A. Bixio, Italian words by C. Cherbini, performed by Danny Aiello
“Emperor Waltz,” composed by Johann Strauss, performed by Peter Falk conducting the Vienna Opera Orchestra, courtesy of Essex Entertainment, by arrangement with Celebrity Licensing, Inc.
“The Bridal Chorus From Lohengrin,” written by Richard Wagner
“The Wedding March,” written by F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
“Woodchopper’s Ball,” written by Woody Herman and Joe Bishop
“Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You),” written by Jimmie Hodges
“A Sunday Kind Of Love,” written by Barbara Belle, Louis Prima, Anita Leonard and Stan Rhodes
“(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons,” written by Deek Watson and William Best
“It’s A Beautiful Thing,” performed and composed by Christopher Farren and Jeff Pescetto
“I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plans,” written by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, performed by Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Orchestra, courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc. by arrangement with Cema Special Markets
“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” written by Johnny Marks, performed by Hampton String Quartet, courtesy of RCA Records
“Sulu Kulé (Karsilama) From Belly Dance Fantasy,” written by George Abdo, performed by George Abdo and the Flames of Araby Orchestra, courtesy of Monitor Records
“Caribbean Carnival,” written and performed by Jamie Kaleth, courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
“Calypso Joe,” written and performed by Kalamasz, Leroux, courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
“Happy Man,” written and performed by Paul Kass, courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
Traditional Wedding Dance, performed by Members of the Mandala Dance Ensemble
“Oi, Mociute, Motinele,” traditional arrangement by Stasys Simkus, arranged by Jack McCreless, performed by Richard Dreyfuss
“”Marija, Marija,” written by Ceslovas Sasnauskas, performed by Pastor-Father William Wolkovich.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
18 January 1991
Premiere Information:
Salt Lake City, UT premiere: 17 January 1991
Los Angeles opening: 18 January 1991
New York opening: week of 18 January 1991
Production Date:
19 February--late Aprilil 1990
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 May 1991
Copyright Number:
PA517682
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® cameras & lenses
Duration(in mins):
115
Length(in reels):
6
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
30734
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, the Bella household prepares for youngest daughter Jan Bella’s wedding. After the ceremony, Renata Bella, the bride’s unmarried older sister, endures being teased by relatives. She becomes tearful when her father, Joe Bella, sings a love song in honor of the newly married couple. Later, Renata pressures her boyfriend Rob to ask her to be his wife, but he reveals he has no intention of ever marrying her. A heartbroken Renata seeks solace from her parents, who encourage her to pursue a job selling condominium timeshares in the tropics. Renata travels to a Caribbean island to learn the sales trade, and while walking on the beach one evening, she notices a dapper older man staring out to sea. The next day, Renata discovers that the man, Sam Sharpe, is the company’s top-ranked salesperson, and she conspires to have lunch with him. At sunset, the smooth-talking Sam invites the love-struck woman to New York City, where he lives, but Renata declines the invitation. Sam escorts her to her family home outside Boston in his limousine. Renata’s parents, Joe and Marilyn, are skeptical of their daughter’s interest in the man, whose lavish lifestyle contrasts with their own. However, they welcome him into their home. That night, Sam and Renata drink and talk late into the night, keeping Joe and Marilyn awake. Joe reprimands his daughter, and Renata expresses frustration at her parents’ inability to recognize that Sam makes her happy. She reminds them how depressed she felt after being rejected by Rob. The next day, Sam takes Renata into Boston, where he buys her jewelry and an expensive new wardrobe. As they drive home, he ... +


In the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts, the Bella household prepares for youngest daughter Jan Bella’s wedding. After the ceremony, Renata Bella, the bride’s unmarried older sister, endures being teased by relatives. She becomes tearful when her father, Joe Bella, sings a love song in honor of the newly married couple. Later, Renata pressures her boyfriend Rob to ask her to be his wife, but he reveals he has no intention of ever marrying her. A heartbroken Renata seeks solace from her parents, who encourage her to pursue a job selling condominium timeshares in the tropics. Renata travels to a Caribbean island to learn the sales trade, and while walking on the beach one evening, she notices a dapper older man staring out to sea. The next day, Renata discovers that the man, Sam Sharpe, is the company’s top-ranked salesperson, and she conspires to have lunch with him. At sunset, the smooth-talking Sam invites the love-struck woman to New York City, where he lives, but Renata declines the invitation. Sam escorts her to her family home outside Boston in his limousine. Renata’s parents, Joe and Marilyn, are skeptical of their daughter’s interest in the man, whose lavish lifestyle contrasts with their own. However, they welcome him into their home. That night, Sam and Renata drink and talk late into the night, keeping Joe and Marilyn awake. Joe reprimands his daughter, and Renata expresses frustration at her parents’ inability to recognize that Sam makes her happy. She reminds them how depressed she felt after being rejected by Rob. The next day, Sam takes Renata into Boston, where he buys her jewelry and an expensive new wardrobe. As they drive home, he again asks Renata to live with him in New York City, but Renata, a Bostonian at heart, cannot accept his proposal. Undeterred, Sam declares he will move his business from New York to Boston. Meanwhile, at the Bella residence, Joe and Marilyn discuss Sam’s intentions toward their daughter, disagreeing about the sincerity of his actions. That night, the family gathers to celebrate Joe’s birthday, and Sam surprises Joe with the “gift” of a belly dancer. Newlyweds Jan Bella and her husband, Peter, arrive late to the party, and are stunned to see the entire Bella clan dancing through the house. Renata introduces the exuberant Sam to her sister, who makes no effort to conceal her disapproval. The next day, Renata discovers that her sister, Jan, has lingering feelings for their neighbor, Jim Redstone, with whom she had a brief affair before her wedding day. When Sam takes the Bella family to a nearby skating pond, the two sisters argue over each other’s romantic choices. That night, Jan wakes her parents, reminding them that no one knows anything about Sam’s private life. Joe placates his youngest child by agreeing to look into Sam’s background. Sometime later, the Bellas attend the hastily planned wedding of their neighbor, Jim, and a woman named “Honey Beach.” During the ceremony, Sam and Renata mimic the minister, whispering wedding vows to each other, and at the reception, they announce their engagement. Months later, Renata marries Sam. At the wedding reception, she overhears her father telling Jan that he still does not approve of Sam. However, the patriarch sets aside his bias and sings a romantic song in honor of the newlyweds. In the months that follow, Renata is conflicted: she loves Sam, but knows that her father has reservations about the man’s boisterous personality. At a memorial dinner for Joe’s deceased mother, Sam’s good intentions upset the entire Bella family, including a pregnant Renata. Later, Sam apologizes to his wife, and the two look forward to becoming parents. When Renata gives birth to a baby girl, the Bella family tentatively reconciles with Sam. However, while making plans for the baby’s baptism, the family erupts in disagreement, and Renata’s parents declare that Sam is no longer welcome in their house. Renata defends her husband’s extravagant ways and tells her family they are not welcome at the baptism. However, the family insists on attending. In the middle of the baptism, Sam suffers a heart attack. Several months later, the Bella family nervously anticipates Sam and Renata’s arrival at Christmas dinner. Although Sam is physically weak, he has lost none of his enthusiasm for living life to its fullest. Sam and Renata visit the skating pond with their baby daughter, and a wheelchair-bound Sam watches Renata glide across the ice. When Renata returns to her husband, she discovers he has died. On the day of Sam’s funeral, a stoic Renata proclaims she had the time of her life with Sam. A supportive Joe and Marilyn join their daughter in the limousine, which drives “once around” a traffic circle in tribute to Sam. +

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