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

Release Dates: 23 Mar 2007 (India)

Tagline: How often do you find the right person?

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Did you know? Marketa Irglova got permission from her school in the Czech Republic to take time off to make the film. 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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Screenplay Writer
Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Mixer


Art Director
Production Designer


Casting Director



Makeup and Hair

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Hair Stylist
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Sound Mix:
Dolby SR
Frame Rate:
24 fps
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How often do you find the right person?
Crew/Equipment Visible
In the scene where 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
At the start of the movie, 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
In a sequence at the recording studio, when the band is performing their song, the drummer quickly looks in to the camera.
Steven Spielberg was a big fan of the film, once he said: "A little movie called Once (2006) gave me enough inspiration to last the rest of the year".

Both Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova once stated saying that they're unlikely to ever act again and will concentrate on music.

Originally this was planned to be sold to fans on DVD at gigs.

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

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

Marketa Irglova got permission from her school in the Czech Republic to take time off to make the film.