Once (2007)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 25 mins

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An (unnamed) Guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An (unnamed) Girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets Girl, and they get to know each other as the Girl helps the Guy to put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the Guy and the Girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs.
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Cast: Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova

Crew: John Carney (Director), Tim Fleming (Director of Photography), Glen Hansard (Music Director), Marketa Irglova (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 23 Mar 2007 (India)

Tagline: How often do you find the right person?

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Did you know? The Dublin street scenes were recorded without permits so a long lens was used. Many passers-by didn't even realize that they were being filmed. The long lens also helped the non-professional actors relax and forget that they were on camera. Read More
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as Guy
as Girl
as Bassist
as Guy's Dad
as Heroin Addict
as Eamon
as Lead Guitarist
as Timmy Drummer
as Guy in Piano Shop
as Bill
as Ex Girlfriend
as Bob
as Drunk
as Bank Manager
as Husband


First Assistant Director


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Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Mixer


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Dolby SR
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24 fps
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How often do you find the right person?
At approx 9:30 into the movie, Guy is exiting the Hoover shop (vacuum repair shop) where he works, and twice there is a mistake between shots of the open/close sign on the front door, once before he says he is going to flip the sign and then once again after he flips the sign, and the shot goes back to the shop and then to the door again.

When the Guy is in the Girl's apartment having dinner and the other tenants come in to watch TV, there is a moment when the chair where the Guy is sitting is visible with out him in it. In the next shot of the seat, he is back in the seat eating again.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When the girl is walking back to her apartment from the store during the song "If you want me", the crews' shadows are clearly visible multiple times in the sequence.

Revealing Mistakes
During the montage towards the end of the film, when the Girl is playing her new piano, the Girl's mother is cooking and stirring something on the stove-top. However, if you look closely, there is nothing in the pan. The mother is stirring the air with a spatula to appear as if she's cooking something.

Revealing Mistakes
In the first scene, the alley way from which the thief emerges visually jumps around as the camera moves, clearly indicating it was overlaid as an effect in post-production.

Revealing Mistakes
During a sequence at the recording studio, when the band is performing their song, the drummer quickly looks in to the camera.
During the filming of the opening scene, because the scene was shot with long lenses placing the crew far away, and without informing the public, who would be crossing through the scene, a bystander attempting to be a hero accidentally injured the thief as he was running away by kneeing him in the groin.

Bob Dylan was such a big fan of the film that he arranged to have the two leads, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, open for him on part of his world tour. Hansard and Irglová also covered Dylan's song "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" for the I'm Not There. (2007).

Steven Spielberg was a big fan of the film. He said "A little movie called Once (2006) gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year".

Both Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová have stated that they're unlikely to ever act again and will concentrate on music.

The Dublin street scenes were recorded without permits so a long lens was used. Many passers-by didn't even realize that they were being filmed. The long lens also helped the non-professional actors relax and forget that they were on camera.

After filming "Falling Slowly", Glen Hansard jokingly said "and the Oscar for Best Song goes to..." He proved to be highly prophetic.

The original plan was that the film was going to be sold to fans on DVD at gigs.

John Carney wrote the outline for the film in five minutes in a Dublin café in 2004, when he was missing his girlfriend who had taken an acting job in London.

The lead role was originally intended for Cillian Murphy. He turned it down however because he was unsure about acting opposite a non-professional like Markéta Irglová (who was only 17 at the time) and also because he wasn't convinced his singing would do justice to Glen Hansard's songs. When Murphy pulled out, so did most of the money.

John Carney put up some of his own money to make the film, giving his salary to the two stars and promising a back-end share to his cast and crew should the film prove successful.

The flashback footage of Guy's girlfriend is actually that of director John Carney's girlfriend.

The title refers to the many very talented artists that John Carney knew who put off their career by saying "once" they get this and that sorted out, but never succeed because they've put it off too long. This describes the lead character, The Guy.

Markéta Irglová had to get permission from her school in the Czech Republic to take time off to make the film.

The most expensive part of the entire shoot was the hiring of the crane for the final sweeping shot which cost £2,500.