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Two of a Kind (1983) Poster

(1983)

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At the conclusion of the chaos at the Plaza, Oliver Reed's character begins singing lines from The Beatles' song "Rain". The song is not acknowledged in the credits.
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Because Olivia Newton-John's hit single "Twist of Fate" was so popular just prior to the film's release, Fox replaced the movie's original score with instrumental versions of her chart-topping song.
After striking box office gold in Grease (1978), the 20th Century Fox studio re-teamed John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John five years later for this romantic comedy. To date, this is the second and final star teaming.
The movie's soundtrack was so successful it went platinum.
The picture was first released in the USA about eighteen months after Grease 2 (1982) in which neither John Travolta nor Olivia Newton-John appeared.
While shooting a scene on-location in New York City, Olivia Newton-John was bitten by a dog named "Pascha." The Collie/German shepherd mix lived in the neighborhood and was hired along with his owner as an extra. When Olivia approached them asking to pet the dog, the owner warned her that Pascha was afraid of crowds. Leaning in to pet him anyway, she was bitten on the hand. Needless to say, this ended Pascha's movie career, and they filmed the scene without him. Olivia braved the injury and kept on working.
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"Twist of Fate" and "Take a Chance", both song titles from the soundtrack, were considered as possible film titles before "Two of a Kind" was chosen.
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Debut theatrical feature film as a director for John Herzfeld.
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Top-billed as an earthling in this angelic heavenly comedy was John Travolta. In the film, there are four angels: Charlie, Earl, Gonzales, and Ruth. They have all been running Heaven for the last twenty-five years. Travolta would get to portray an angel himself later on in the later movie Michael (1996).
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Olivia Newton-John's hit "Twist of Fate" song was nominated for Best Short Form Music Video at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. The song was the last of Olivia Newton-John fifteen Top 10 chart-toppers. The song went to No. #4 in Canada and Australia, and to No. #5 in the USA. Billboard ranked the song at No. #42 on its Top 100 Singles of 1984 list.
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The movie was nominated for 5 Razzie Awards but failed to win in any of the categories which included Worst Actor (John Travolta along with Staying Alive (1983)), Worst Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Worst Director (John Herzfeld), Worst Screenplay, and Worst Picture.
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The poster in Debbie's apartment was for "The Australian Film Festival in New York", a real life film festival that played in NYC during the early 1980s. The poster was intended to reference Olivia Newton-John's Australian identity.
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The movie was part of a 1980s cycle of Hollywood angelic comedies which had started with Heaven Can Wait (1978). The films included that movie and Two of a Kind (1983), The Devil and Max Devlin (1981), Defending Your Life (1991), Oh Heavenly Dog (1980), Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), The Heavenly Kid (1985), Made in Heaven (1987), Almost an Angel (1990) and Oh, God! (1977) and its two sequels. The phrase "Heaven Can Wait" forms part of the lyrics in Two of a Kind (1983)'s theme song "Twist of Fate" sung by Olivia Newton-John.
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The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 6th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1983.
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One of the inventions that inventor Zack (John Travolta) invented was edible sunglasses.

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