2 Days in the Valley (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  27 September 1996 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 15,160 users  
Reviews: 108 user | 51 critic

48 hours of intersecting lives and crimes in Los Angeles.



0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An actor poses as a lawyer to help his sick friend, and problems develop.

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Stars: Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels, Charlize Theron
Keys to Tulsa (1997)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Richter Boudreau, the son of local celebrity Cynthia, is not very successful and works as a film critic for a local newspaper. In a short time he loses his job and his heritage, and one of ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Greif
Stars: Eric Stoltz, James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron
Dream Lover (1993)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A successful businessman tries to uncover what is wrong with his wife.

Director: Nicholas Kazan
Stars: James Spader, Mädchen Amick, Fredric Lehne
15 Minutes (2001)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A homicide detective and a fire marshall must stop a pair of murderers who commit videotaped crimes to become media darlings.

Director: John Herzfeld
Stars: Robert De Niro, Edward Burns, Kelsey Grammer
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A romantic comedy about two trashy couples traveling to Reno to see a monster truck show.

Director: Jordan Brady
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize Theron, Patrick Swayze
White Palace (1990)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Max Baron (James Spader) is a 27-year-old high flying advertising executive still recovering from the death of his wife. One night he is in a bar when he meets Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon) a... See full summary »

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Susan Sarandon, James Spader, Jason Alexander
Fantasy | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A bachelor afraid of marriage angers his long-time girlfriend by buying a splendid townhouse just for himself, only to find it haunted by the ghosts of a famous theatrical couple, who teach... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: James Spader, Polly Walker, Michael Caine
True Colors (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs
Bad Influence (1990)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in--and then disappears. Later that night, while ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane
The Stickup (2002)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

It's a quiet little town where nothing happens - until the day the bank is hit for half a million dollars by a thief wearing a clowns mask.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: James Spader, Leslie Stefanson, David Keith
Trapped (2002)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When their daughter is kidnapped by experienced nappers, the Jennings' turn the tables on this seemingly foolproof plan.

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Charlize Theron, Courtney Love


Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Cruttwell ...
Becky Foxx
Susan Parish
Roy Foxx
Audrey Hopper
Teddy Peppers
Detective Creighton
Ralph Crupi
Kathleen Luong ...


John Herzfeld deftly welds together a multitude of subplots-- a loser hitman and a cool assassin involved in an insurance scam; a washed-up director, turned suicidal, if only he had someone to care for his beloved dog; a snooty art dealer, wracked by kidney stones, cared for by his devoted assistant; a grungy deranged vice cop, now partnered with a fresh-faced rookie; and two beautiful and jealous women entangled in their deadly scheme--into a spoof of the crime thriller genre. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Over the next 2 days, ten people will find out what they have in common... besides murder. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:




Release Date:

27 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1 lepto prothesmia  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,352,440 (USA) (27 September 1996)


$11,114,000 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


A rendition of "Down in the Valley" by Erin O'Hara was featured on the soundtrack CD, but not in the film. See more »


At the pool, Dosmo's grip on his gun repeatedly changes from one to two handed between cuts. See more »


Lee Woods: You have one minute to decide the rest of your life.
See more »


References Steeper & Deeper (1992) See more »


Gone for Good
Written by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A solid drama with good acting and good direction
4 September 2005 | by (Milpitas, California) – See all my reviews

Herzfelds 2 days in the valley is a different film. Borrowing styles of films such as Pulp Fiction and the more recent Crash (intertwining stories meeting each other), its an effective portrayal of what the title states. The performances are good for the most part, although Glenne Headly and Jeff Daniels were not good in this flick. Aiello, Stoltz and Theron were great. My favorite performance of the film came from Paul Mazursky who was great as a washed up TV film director/writer. James Spader and Teri Hatcher were both also good in their roles and Austin Pendletons cameo was one of the highlights of this film. The film is not great, it has some flaws in acting and a few scenes which just don't belong and are very cliché, however as a whole, i liked it, good cinematography and score as well as good performances for the most part, Herzfelds direction and writing was also good, a good debut for him. 8/10 #197 on my list of all time favorite films

10 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what´s your best catfight scene ever? fbossert
does anyone else think Teri Hatcher's character gets caught, after all? Ruffian88
Favorite Charlize Scene In 2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY abrooks-4
Biased low ratings ssuujjuu-1
Haven't seen it yet; so why is it the best Catfight ? MRDOOWOP3
About Charlize fingering herself version lukejbarnett
Discuss 2 Days in the Valley (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: