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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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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


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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It's a most unusual love affair. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


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


When Renata is reclining on the bed watching old home movies, then Sam redirects and refocuses the image onto Renata's very-pregnant belly, then we see the projector from the other side of the bed: It's projecting light at a much-broader angle than would fit on her belly. See more »


Sam Sharpe: What am I talking about? I'm trying to tell that from the first minute I ever saw you... Renata, look at you. Look at you! Everything you do: the way you eat your food, the way you put on your shoes, the way your eyes are looking at my mouth when I'm talking to you. Renata, you name anything you do - the way you hug your mother, the way you talk to your family - you move me!
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Referenced in Entertainment Tonight: Episode dated 21 January 1991 (1991) See more »


Written by Cesare A. Bixio (as C.A. Bixio)
Italian Lyrics by Bruno Cherubini (as C. Cherbini)
Performed by Danny Aiello
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Excellent film, excellent cast.
11 February 2002 | by dmwigmoreSee all my reviews

I found this movie/the story mesmerizing. Holly Hunter is exceptional, but then the entire cast is perfect. I don't share the thought that Dreyfuss' character was obnoxious. I think he was just full of life and willing to lay it on the line, all the time, because you only go around once. Hence the title, Once Around.

He didn't play it safe. I had a hard time understanding why the Bella family could not accept him. They had nothing to lose and everything to gain by developing their relationship with him.

I actually felt the family members were envious of Renata and Sam and their love for each other.

It's a great study in family dynamics. It's well-worth watching. I'm going to watch it again, today.

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Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$309,571, 21 January 1991

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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