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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 their own troubles.


John Herzfeld


John Herzfeld
6 nominations. See more awards »




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 ... Self


God has had just about enough of mankind's attitude, so He decides that He needs to destroy the planet in the immediate future--unless two particular humans, a struggling inventor and a bank teller, both with quite amateur criminal minds, can save the world. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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It took a twist of fate to make them two of a kind. See more »


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Did You Know?


While shooting 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. Olivia approached them and asked to pet the dog.The owner warned her that Pascha was afraid of crowds. She leaned in to pet it and was bitten on the hand. It ended Pascha's movie career, and they filmed the scene without him. Olivia braved the injury and kept on working. See more »


When Zack climbs the fire escape, a crewmen in a bright red shirt can be seen standing on it just below him in two different shots. See more »


Charlie: [picks up a copy of "The Sonnets of William Shakespeare" that is mysteriously sitting on the ground, then he calls out to Zack] Hey. Can you spare a cigarette?
Zack: I don't smoke.
Charlie: Do you read?
[he tosses the book to Zack and flourishes his cap]
Zack: Do I know you?
Charlie: Of course you do.
Debbie: [she and Zack share a look at the book and then each other, but when they look up, Charlie is gone] Where'd he go?
Zack: I don't know. God this has been a crazy week.
Debbie: Sure has.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

On older home video and TV versions, the 1953 20th Century Fox "Cinemascope" logo is oddly seen in place of the "then current" logo at the beginning of the movie. And at the end of the end credits, the tag "This film is Rated PG" is seen. Current home video and TV prints restore the "then-current" 20th Century Fox logo at the beginning and removes the "This film is Rated PG" tag at the end of the end credits. See more »


Catch 22 (Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back)
Performed by Steve Kipner
Courtesy of Arista Records
Written by Steve Kipner and John Lewis Parker (as John L. Parker)
Produced by Steve Kipner and Humberto Gatica
Arranged by John Lewis Parker (uncredited)
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This is a kind of movie that works only because of the chemistry between the two stars
16 February 1999 | by JAGUAR-5See all my reviews

This movie is worth watching because it's easy to see how much fun John and Olivia are having working together. Plus there's Oliver Reed and some simple fun special affects; although the general plot-line is a very overused one.

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Release Date:

16 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Second Chance See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,344,942, 18 December 1983

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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