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2 Days in the Valley (1996)

48 hours of intersecting lives and crimes in Los Angeles.


John Herzfeld


John Herzfeld

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Aiello ... Dosmo Pizzo
Greg Cruttwell Greg Cruttwell ... Allan Hopper
Jeff Daniels ... Alvin Strayer
Teri Hatcher ... Becky Foxx
Glenne Headly ... Susan Parish
Peter Horton ... Roy Foxx
Marsha Mason ... Audrey Hopper
Paul Mazursky ... Teddy Peppers
James Spader ... Lee Woods
Eric Stoltz ... Wes Taylor
Charlize Theron ... Helga Svelgen
Keith Carradine ... Detective Creighton
Louise Fletcher ... Evelyn
Austin Pendleton ... Ralph Crupi
Kathleen Luong Kathleen Luong ... Midori


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>

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


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

27 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1 lepto prothesmia See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,352,440, 29 September 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Mazursky's character has an Emmy Award in his apartment; Mazursky himself was nominated for two Emmys for his writing achievements on The Danny Kaye Show (1963). See more »


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


Allan Hopper: You fed him last night? Flavored his food with bacon?
Susan Parish: Yes
Allan Hopper: Good girl.
Susan Parish: Me or the dog?
Allan Hopper: The dog is a boy.
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References Do the Right Thing (1989) See more »


You'll Be Mine
Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by The Crying Knobs
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Jellyneckr may be wrong about this film
4 October 2004 | by TescomanSee all my reviews

Saw this on video over the weekend and it is not half bad at all. A sub-Tarantino comedy thriller, with a series of linked plots where characters become unwittingly involved with each other. Wife arranges for baddies to top ex-husband (somewhat to her discomfort the hit-man and his sidekick shoot said ex in the hirer's bed - while she is still in it); sidekick gets set up to take the rap, encounters raving misogynist with kidney stones, falls in love with much derided secretary; failed film director contemplates suicide but is saved by a good woman; vice cop yearns to move to homicide and gets embroiled by accident in murder (see above); final denouement when all main characters arrive by chance in the same neighbourhood........ I am sure you get the picture. Neat enough set of stories, and some clever dialogue (sometimes lost in the murk of a badly recorded soundtrack), but the best thing is that this is a really good portmanteau film. You get Danny Aiello as the framed sidekick to James Spader's truly odious murderer (he nearly shoots his badly wounded femme fatal girlfriend 'for your own good': more than a hint of Reservoir Dogs methinks), Teri Hatcher as the sport obsessed wife hiring the killers, Eric Stoltz as the wistful vice cop, Jeff Daniels as his partner, Louise Fletcher, Keith Carradine….and a whole slew of other faces you can recognise but not quite place. Great fun to watch because it looks as if it was great fun to make, and some cracking music to boot. However someone should shoot the dialogue recordists - on this showing, James Spader would appear to be the right man for the job.

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