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Two of a Kind (1983)

When God decides to destroy Earth, four angels aim to redeem mankind through a young man and woman with troubles of their own.

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John Herzfeld

Writer:

John Herzfeld

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 James Stevens ... Ron
Ernie Hudson ... Det. Skaggs
Jack Kehoe ... Mr. Chotiner
Robert Costanzo ... Capt. Cinzari (as Bobby Costanzo)
Castulo Guerra ... Gonzales
Warren Robertson Warren Robertson ... Himself
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Storyline

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, both with very amateur criminal minds, to save the world... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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A match re-made in Heaven. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Second Chance See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,344,942, 18 December 1983

Gross USA:

$23,646,952
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

As Zack leaves the bank, his mustache is almost all the way off. When he runs down the street, his mustache is completely back on his face, with no time to have fixed it. See more »

Quotes

Debbie: [showing the stolen money to Brando, her pet cat] Chicken livers forever!
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Crazy Credits

The phrase "This film is Rated PG" is within the credits at the end before the PG rating tag actually shows after the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Staying Alive (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Ask The Lonely
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Music and Lyrics by Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain
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A *must* if you're a fan of Olivia and John, otherwise best avoided
24 December 2001 | by groovycathersSee all my reviews

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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