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Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)

Approved | | Drama | September 1962 (UK)
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After spending three years in an asylum, a washed-up actor views a minor assignment from his old director in Rome as a chance for personal and professional redemption.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Charles Schnee (screenplay), Irwin Shaw (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Jack Andrus
Edward G. Robinson ... Maurice Kruger
Cyd Charisse ... Carlotta
George Hamilton ... Davie Drew
Daliah Lavi ... Veronica (as Dahlia Lavi)
Claire Trevor ... Clara Kruger
James Gregory ... Brad Byrd
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Barzelli
Joanna Roos Joanna Roos ... Janet Bark
George Macready ... Lew Jordan
Mino Doro Mino Doro ... Tucino
Stefan Schnabel ... Zeno
Vito Scotti ... Assistant Director
Tom Palmer Tom Palmer ... Dr. Cold Eyes
Erich von Stroheim Jr. Erich von Stroheim Jr. ... Ravinksi (as Erich Von Stroheim Jr.)
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Storyline

Former film star Jack Andrus is released from a sanitarium where he has lived for the previous three years, suffering from alcoholism, a traumatic automobile accident, and a severe mental breakdown. He's been offered two weeks of work in Rome by Maurice Kruger, his old director, who himself is near the end of his fading career and under pressure from his parsimonious Italian producer to finish his picture on time and under budget. Jack is also pressed from a manipulative ex-wife, a rising but self-destructive young star, the director's shrewish wife, and a temperamental Italian diva who requires handling with kid gloves. When the Kruger suffers a heart attack, Andrus views the opportunity as a last chance at the redemption of his personal life and professional career. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Irwin Shaw's fascinating view of the international set. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

September 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

2 Weeks in Another Town See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,959,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1962
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Spencer Tracy was considered for the role of Kruger, but when money became a consideration, Edward G. Robinson was cast because he was cheaper. Robinson was paid $100,000 and filled in for Tracy again for metro in "The Cincinnati Kid" a few years later. See more »

Goofs

In most of Jack's driving scenes, his steering inputs, or lack thereof, don't match what's going on in the rear-projection background. This is most obvious when he goes on his drunken, reckless drive with Carlotta as his passenger. See more »

Quotes

Veronica: When you were a star... there in Hollywood... before Carlotta... did you have a lot of girls? Girls like me?
Jack Andrus: Not as many as I should have. Certainly not as many as they said I had.
Veronica: What were you like then?
Jack Andrus: Lonely
Veronica: So famous... and alone.
Jack Andrus: Everybody's alone - actors more so.
Veronica: Then why would anyone want to be an actor?
Jack Andrus: That's a good question.
[laughs]
Veronica: Why?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The following acknowledgment appears on screen in the opening credits: "We are grateful to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, copyright owners, for permission to use the Academy Award statuette." See more »


Soundtracks

The Anniversary Song
("Waves of the Danube") (Uncredited)
Written by Iosif Ivanovici (1880)
Instrumental played at anniversary party for Maurice and Clara
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The bad and the beautiful (continued)
30 December 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A film of love and hate.Between the fallen actor and his aging director;between the director and his hysterical wife;between Carlotta and her former husband;between the young actor and the old one.In a nutshell, an intense melodrama in the vein of these Minnelli extravaganzas ("some came running" "home from the hill" and particularly "the four horsemen of the Apocalypse" -remember the famous scene where the whole family is gathered around the table while a storm is raging-).

Minnelli had already broached Hollywood before in "the bad and the beautiful" the ending of which was one of the most ferocious I know.Excerpts of this 1952 work are used here with stunning results.Douglas watching himself when he was supposed to be young and famous recalls Gloria Swanson watching her silent movies (with her former director Von Stroheim now her butler) in "Sunset Boulevard".

But it's Cinecitta now.A new Italian cinema is rising and Minnelli is aware of that.He had probably seen Fellini's and Antonioni's works and their influence emerge sometimes:Rosanna Schiaffino 's character reminds me of Anita Eksberg in "la dolce vita";the posh receptions have an Antonioni atmosphere("la notte").On the other hand,Douglas's mad drive might have influenced Fellini for his segment of "spirits of the dead" ,"Tobby Dammit" (1968).

But if the movie has a message ,it's this one:If you want somebody you can trust ,trust yourself.Stop hiding in the movie theaters (or in the films),as Douglas's character says to Schiaffino on the beach ,and get a life!


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