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Release Date:
16 December 1983 (USA) See more »
It took a twist of fate to make them two of a kind. See more »
God has had just about enough of the human's attitude so he will destroy the planet very soon. It is up to a struggling inventor and a bank teller... See more » | Add synopsis »
6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Travolta ... Zack

Olivia Newton-John ... Debbie

Charles Durning ... Charlie

Oliver Reed ... Beasley

Beatrice Straight ... Ruth

Scatman Crothers ... Earl
Richard Bright ... Stuart
Vincent Bufano ... Oscar
Toni Kalem ... Terri
James Stevens ... Ron

Ernie Hudson ... Det. Skaggs
Jack Kehoe ... Mr. Chotiner

Robert Costanzo ... Capt. Cinzari (as Bobby Costanzo)

Castulo Guerra ... Gonzales
Warren Robertson ... Himself
Deborah Dalton ... Angie
Tony Crupi ... Det. Bruno
Kurek Ashley ... Soho Cop

Jill Andre ... Gladys

Ann Travolta ... Bank Teller
John Hudkins ... Bank Guard

Sheila Frazier ... Reporter
Michael Melon ... Student
Ellen Whyte ... Student
Kitty Muldoon ... Student
Michael Aronin ... Student
Tony Munafo ... Furniture Man

Kathy Bates ... Furniture Man's Wife
Tammy Brewer ... Loose Lady
Deborra Hampton ... Loose Lady
Roxanne Byrd ... Loose Lady
Steven Hirsch ... Jet Setter
Pamela Bowman ... Jet Setter's Date
Jacques Foti ... Maitre D' (as Jacque Foti)
Ted Grossman ... Waiter
Rochelle Kravit ... Restaurant Patron
Dee Griffin ... Restaurant Patron
Robin Adler ... Restaurant Patron
Philip Romano ... Restaurant Patron (as Phil Romano)
Richard C. Adams ... Restaurant Patron (as Richard Adams)

Donna Guidry ... Restaurant Patron (as Donna Porter)
Jeff Lawrence ... Restaurant Patron
Gary Woodward ... Restaurant Patron
Joe Cirillo ... Cop #1
Christopher Loomis ... Sarge
Dennis McKenzie ... Detective #2
Michael Prince ... Judge
Rick DiAngelo ... Van Driver
Jerome Michaels ... Customer

John Dresden ... Bartender

Charlie Picerni ... SWAT Officer (as Charles Picerni)

Walter Robles ... Bum (as Walt Robles)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bunny Gibson ... Acting Student (uncredited)

Gene Hackman ... God (voice) (uncredited)

Charles Hallahan ... Archbishop (uncredited)

Ilana Rapp ... Neighborhood Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
John Herzfeld 
Writing credits
John Herzfeld (written by)

Produced by
Joan Edwards .... associate producer
Kate Edwards .... associate producer
Michele Panelli-Venetis .... associate producer (as Michele Panelli)
Roger M. Rothstein .... producer
Joe Wizan .... producer
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp  (as Fred Koenekamp)
Film Editing by
Jack Hofstra 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Valorie Massalas 
Production Design by
Albert Brenner 
Art Direction by
Spencer Deverell 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson  (as Thomas Bronson)
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Evelyn Trimmer .... hair stylist
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist
Production Management
Henry Kline .... production manager
Issy Shabtay .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frederic B. Blankfein .... first assistant director (as Fredric Blankfein)
John Moio .... second unit director
Joseph Paul Moore .... second assistant director (as Joseph Moore)
Art Department
Camille Abbott .... production illustrator
Barry Bedig .... property master
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master
Leon Harris .... production illustrator
Paul Myerberg .... leadman
Everett Olson .... construction coordinator
Kandy Stern .... set designer
Robby Vandermark .... painter
Dianne Wager .... set designer (as Diane Wager)
Sound Department
Bud Alper .... production sound mixer
Max Bell .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
G.W. Davis .... sound editor
Sean Hanley .... loop editor
Frank Howard .... sound editor
David M. Ice .... supervising sound editor (as David Ice)
Richard Overton .... sound recording mixer
Theodore Soderberg .... sound recording mixer
Richard Sperber .... dialogue editor
Don S. Walden .... dialogue editor
Paul Wells .... sound recording mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Alan E. Lorimer .... special effects (as Alan Lorimer)
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Lou Carlucci .... special optical effects: Xenon Corporation
Charles Chiodo .... visual effects: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Sam DiMaggio .... visual effects: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Tim Donahue .... visual effects art director: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Lisa Dorney .... visual effects: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Bill Frenzel .... special optical effects: Xenon Corporation
Karl Garabedian .... special optical effects: Xenon Corporation
Clay Hutchison .... special optical effects: Xenon Corporation
Hall Hutchison .... special optical effects: Xenon Corporation
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Terry Molatore .... special optical effects: Xenon Corporation (as Terry Sittig)
John Murray .... visual effects: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Sam Nicholson .... visual effects supervisor
Elliot Rosenblatt .... visual effects: Introvision Systems, Inc.
Jim Stewart .... special optical effects: Xenon Corporation
Thomas Thomas .... special optical effects: Xenon Corporation
Cynthia Webster .... visual effects technical director: Introvision Systems, Inc. (as Brett Webster)
Kevin Kutchaver .... special optical effects (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunt coordinator
Tom Morga .... stunt double
Beth Nufer .... stunt double
Larry Holt .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Tom Morga .... stunts (uncredited)
Beth Nufer .... stunts (uncredited)
Debby Porter .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barbier .... still photographer
Richard Barth .... assistant camera
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Richard C. Kratina .... camera operator: New York (as Richard Kratina)
Edward Morey III .... camera operator (as Ed Morey III)
John Murray .... key grip
Warren Rothenberger .... director of photography: New York
Gene Stout .... gaffer
Herb Ritts .... still photographer: poster art (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James P. Cullen .... wardrobe: men (as Jim Cullen)
Ron Heilman .... assistant costume designer
Jackie Lahane .... wardrobe: women
Aida Swinson .... wardrobe: women
Editorial Department
Joanna Cappuccilli Lovetti .... assistant editor (as Joanna Cappuccilli)
John W. Carr .... assistant editor (as John Carr)
Lynzee Klingman .... additional editor
Pam Sharp .... assistant editor (as Pamela Sharp)
Location Management
Roger Paradiso .... location manager: New York
John R. Woodward .... location manager
Music Department
Kevin Elson .... music producer
David Foster .... song producer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
Patrick Williams .... music adaptor
Transportation Department
Aram Betkijian .... transportation coordinator
Roy A. Grace .... driver
Other crew
Dan Curry .... title designer
Gary Kalkin .... unit publicist
James Koehler .... location auditor (as Jim Koehler)
Claire Mactague .... production coordinator
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Roger Schumacher .... animal supplier
Gary Weddington .... assistant auditor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pair of Jokers" - USA (cable TV title)
"Twist of Fate" - USA (cable TV title)
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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 (cut version) | Sweden:15 (uncut version) | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #27120)

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Although she'd starred in three theatrical movies and had made countless TV appearances in the 15 year prior the this movie, Olivia Newton-John was insecure about her acting abilities and decided to enroll in acting training in preparation for the film.See more »
Miscellaneous: As Zack is leaving the bank, you can see his mustache is almost all the way off, then when he is running down the street his mustache is completely back on his face with no time to have fixed it.See more »
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Has its moments, but pretty bad over all., 10 November 2005
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

With a cast this good, it's natural to expect a lot more than this script could deliver. John and Olivia are reunited for the first time since Grease, and the results were a big letdown for a great many people.

Our story centers around the fact that God, played by the voice of Gene Hackman, is fed up with humanity. He's so tired of all the crime and bad behavior on Earth that he plans on sending another huge flood to finish us all off. Four angels (who are perhaps the best part about the film) plead with God to give humanity one more chance. God agrees, but demands to see some kind of miracle within a week or so. Apparently it will only take a couple of mere mortals (Travolta and Newton-John) sacrificing something for each other to save all of man kind. Too bad both characters are self-centered and shady. Travolta is a struggling inventor(!) who owes a fortune to a violent loan shark. Newton-John is a struggling actress who also works at a bank that Travolta plans to rob for the money to pay off his debt. Olivia tricks him and takes the money for herself, setting up contrivance after contrivance for the remaining screen time. It looks like the world will come to an end since neither character trusts the other (why should they?) and the Devil is also on the scene to foul things up for them. I could go on and on about this plot, but you probably get the idea. This is pretty questionable material we're working with in terms of a screenplay.

I liked Oliver Reed quite a bit as the Devil. If the Devil walked the streets of New York, I suppose that's how he'd look or act. I also enjoyed watching he and the Charles Durning's angelic character square off by moving time back and forth to suit their respective needs. The film gets a few laughs out of a restaurant scene where the two demolish the place before God appears to reign in Durning for "abusing his powers".

The film is full of 80's clichés and scenes that only serve to date the material. There is little or no chemistry between the two leads, and that was the main reason behind this film's failure. Travolta's body is bound to be a plus for the ladies in the audience. He was still buff from his work in "Staying Alive". Olivia looked better in Xanadu with her longer hair, if I may be so bold. The film did virtually nil at the box office, and Travolta's career went south in a hurry shortly thereafter.

I'll give it 4 stars mostly for the great cast. And any film with Scatman Crothers always gets a bonus star from the Hound. I loved that guy.

5 of 10 stars total.

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