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2 Days in the Valley (1996)

48 hours of intersecting lives and crimes in Los Angeles.

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John Herzfeld

Writer:

John Herzfeld
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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The nights are cool. But the days are murder! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

27 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2 Days in the Valley See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,352,440, 29 September 1996

Gross USA:

$11,132,210

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,132,210
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

After Dosmo rips his body armor and extracts the bullet, he gets up and as he's getting up, the body armor is not ripped and the bullet is still in place. See more »

Quotes

Wes Taylor: Alvin, can I ask you a question?
Alvin Strayer: I hate it when people ask if they can ask a question. Just ask it!
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References Raising Arizona (1987) See more »

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Hello Sunshine
Written and Performed by Wilson Pickett
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Weird and very watchable dark comedy/drama.
8 July 2000 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

John Herzfeld writes and directs a tangled story that unravels and rewinds itself. The plot seems to involve a murder by hire that goes awry. A dozen or so Californians have their lives intersect with each going different directions. Violence, sex and dark humor are the adhesive for this scattered, but interesting movie. An ensemble cast keeps your attention.

James Spader is a very effectual and ruthless assassin. The drop dead gorgeous Charlize Theron accomplishes raising blood pressures. Her fight with Teri Hatcher is one you will remember. Danny Aiello is an aging hit man and provider of comic relief. Jeff Daniels is a burnt out detective and Eric Stoltz is a detective wannabe.

Rounding out the cast is Paul Mazursky, Peter Horton, Marsha Mason, and small parts for Keith Carradine and Louise Fletcher.

You will probably want to invite friends over and watch this thing again. It is worth it.


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