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Twice in a Lifetime (1985)

A middle-aged steelworker is content with his job and his family, but feels that something is missing in his life. On his 50th birthday, he stops in at a local bar for a drink to celebrate.... See full summary »

Director:

Bud Yorkin

Writer:

Colin Welland
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Harry MacKenzie
Ann-Margret ... Audrey Minelli
Ellen Burstyn ... Kate MacKenzie
Amy Madigan ... Sunny
Ally Sheedy ... Helen
Stephen Lang ... Keith
Darrell Larson ... Jerry
Brian Dennehy ... Nick
Chris Parker ... Tim
Rachel Street Rachel Street ... Joanne
Kevin Bleyer Kevin Bleyer ... Chris
Micole Mercurio ... Betty
Doris Hugo Drewien Doris Hugo Drewien ... Millie
Lee Corrigan ... Milos
Ralph Steadman Ralph Steadman ... Mike
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Storyline

A middle-aged steelworker is content with his job and his family, but feels that something is missing in his life. On his 50th birthday, he stops in at a local bar for a drink to celebrate. He finds himself attracted to the very sexy barmaid and, to his surprise, he finds that she is also very attracted to him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kisses at 50 See more »

Filming Locations:

Snohomish, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$8,402,424
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bud Yorkin Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The orginial title of the script was "Kisses at 50". See more »

Goofs

Kate reluctantly agrees to have her ears pierced, but the actress (Ellen Burstyn) playing her already has prominent holes in her ear lobes. See more »

Quotes

Sunny: Hey Dad. This is Kate. Your wife.
Harry: I sure as hell know who my wife is.
Sunny: I sure as hell would like to know who this is.
Harry: That's Miss Minelli, if you must know and in case it's any of your business which it is not.
Sunny: Which I'm here to tell you it is.
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Referenced in The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014) See more »

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Yolanda, You Learn
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Written by Lyle Mays and Pat Metheny
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Powerful actors' piece
18 November 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

At the beginning of "Twice in a Lifetime", when the McKenzie family is sitting around the dining room table celebrating, Ellen Burstyn gives long-time husband Gene Hackman a kiss, but nobody notices how he recoils a bit from her affection or how shaky his smile appears. Here is a well-made dramatic piece for a group of terrific actors, asking us to look at all sides of a divorce, offering only a few pat answers but mostly moving sequences. Hackman quickly falls into a loving relationship--which can be seen as possibly too convenient--but the woman in question is Ann-Margret at her most vivacious, so we can forgive the formula. Burstyn's character goes through the standard changes of the jilted wife, yet the talents of this wonderful actress helps transcend the clichés of such a role (she even gives it subtext and meaning; a movie about her character alone would be worth-watching). Amy Madigan's angry daughter is an overwrought creation, a one-note role, and the way she's written and directed we don't see any nuances--just her irritation. Still, many fine ingredients are included here, and the supporting players are wonderful (particularly Brian Dennehy, always good, and Ally Sheedy). Alternately tough and tender, the emotions played out at the finale are concrete--they make sense--giving this film the edge over similar pictures such as "Smash Palace" and "Shoot The Moon". *** from ****


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