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16 December 1983 (USA) See more »
It took a twist of fate to make them two of a kind. 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:

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 C. Murray .... visual effects: Introvision Systems, Inc. (as John Murray)
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)
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
Roger Paradiso .... location manager: New York
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Roger Schumacher .... animal supplier
Gary Weddington .... assistant auditor
John R. Woodward .... location manager

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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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The movie's soundtrack was so successful it went platinum.See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A *must* if you're a fan of Olivia and John, otherwise best avoided, 24 December 2001
Author: groovycathers from London, UK

The most important thing to remember when watching "Two of a Kind" is that is was really a vehicle for the two stars, based upon the idea that their chemistry in Grease would make for another hit, which sadly, in this case, it didn't. They were determined to do another film together and had looked through over 30 scripts before choosing this one - one wonders quite how dire some of those must have been...

Other reviewers have already written about the plot, so I won't concentrate on that, rather on the performances and the way the film comes across.

There is a pretty starry cast here - Gene Hackman plays God, Oliver Reed plays the Devil and angels include Charles Durning and Beatrice Straight. Unfortunately, as a film experience, it just doesn't seem to work - probably the reason why it did so poorly at the Box Office at the time, despite a $5m marketing budget. Lots of rewinding and stopping time, which can be confusing if you're not paying attention; Oliver Reed singing(badly); and minor characters (Olivia's flatmates, her landlord) that do nothing for the plot and tend to irritate when they appear.

However, Olivia and John do make a very cute couple - I spent the entire second half of the film with a grin on my face, feeling very soppy, once they get it together.

The acting on the part of the two stars is fine. If I'm nit-picking, ONJ gives a slightly uneven performance in TOAK - one or two scenes where she seems to be saying the words with a bit too much "acting", but very commendable otherwise. They both have a good sense of timing, and that comes though. There is even a "love" scene, although hardly x-rated - they keep most of their clothes on, although ONJ reported that she felt quite nervous about it at the time. She even swears in one scene, which is a bit weird the first time you hear it!

I always felt sorry that ONJ had a poor run with films after Grease and pretty much chucked the acting in, bar the occasional TV movie, although she seems to be making a slow return in a few indie films in the last 5 years. I think she could of gone on to a decent film career if she'd have picked some better films in the early 80's. She does have a good sense of comic timing (she is known in entertainment circles for a wicked sense of humour) - maybe in an alternate universe could have been the Meg Ryan of her generation...

The soundtrack is probably the strongest thing about TOAK - ONJ sings about half of what you hear in the film; she is head and shoulders above everything else. Olivia and John even do a duet - "Take a Chance", although it's not really anything to write home about. Give me "Twist of Fate" anyday.

I am a fan of both Olivia and John and I do love this movie. However, I appreciate its faults, and I'm not going to pretend that it's something it isn't. All in all, it's not a "great" movie in the traditional sense of the word. Where you are going to get rewarded watching TOAK is if you are a fan of Olivia and/or John (especially the two of them together.) It is a romantic comedy, and not a particularly good one at that, but that chemistry between them is certainly still there after "Grease", and that does give TOAK a certain something.

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