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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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Over the next 2 days, ten people will find out what they have in common... besides 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:

1 lepto prothesmia 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

The part of Helga Svelgen was original written for Daphne Deckers. But at that time she had other contracts and the part went to Charlize Theron. See more »

Goofs

In the cemetery, when Audrey (Marsha Mason) and Teddy (Paul Mazurky) meet, Audrey visits a grave where the gravestone is of the Civil War-Spanish American War type, not used after 1922. See more »

Quotes

Detective Creighton: I know we're Valley detectives so we're not all that bright, but how stupid does he think we are?
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Referenced in Game On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »

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Teddy's Apartment
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Written by Anthony Marinelli
Performed by Teddy Castellucci
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
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Dark, Deadly and Delicious
14 April 2001 | by crius-3See all my reviews

This is great ! For all those people who like their tales dark and told well...oh dash it ! For all those who like their tales told well, dark or not..this is your dish. With a tight script and credible characters this one takes you on a dizzy dark trip. The director achieves this trick by picking a multitude of characters and, wonder of wonders, doing justice to each character great or small. The viewer achieves instant familiarity with all the cast that flit in and out of this set, be it the hard-luck hit man, the mousy secretary, a has-been film director or the females in a dangerous game. With splendid economy the director blends careless, throw away humour and dangerous games to bring off a stunning conclusion. The script is well structured and has a definite place to go unlike the crime movies that seem to falter at the end. The cast is superb, great to witness James Spader do the ice cool one and Danny Aiello is superb as the unwitting player in a sinister game. Do Not Miss !


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