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The Two Faces of January (2014)

PG-13 | | Romance, Thriller | 28 August 2014 (USA)
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A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.

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Hossein Amini

Writers:

Hossein Amini, Patricia Highsmith (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Isaac ... Rydal
Viggo Mortensen ... Chester
Kirsten Dunst ... Colette
Daisy Bevan ... Lauren
Babis Chatzidakis Babis Chatzidakis ... Stall Keeper
David Warshofsky ... Paul Vittorio
Pat Hillard Pat Hillard ... American Hotel Guest
Ozan Tas Ozan Tas ... Hotel Grand Receptionist
Peter Mair Peter Mair ... Elderly Man at Hotel Grand
Helena Jinx Jones Helena Jinx Jones ... Elderly Woman at Hotel Grand
Omiros Poulakis ... Nikos
George Tzoganidis George Tzoganidis ... Heralkion Hotel Receptionist
Ioannis Vordos Ioannis Vordos ... Cafe Owner
Panagiota Stavrakaki Panagiota Stavrakaki ... Landlady
Stella Fyrogeni Stella Fyrogeni ... Barmaid (as Stela Fyrogeni)
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Storyline

1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Colette (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinth Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette's beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester's affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester's jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and ... Written by Production

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Taglines:

A mysterious encounter. A dangerous past. A deadly secret.

Genres:

Romance | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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English | Greek | Turkish

Release Date:

28 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Duas Faces de Janeiro See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,116, 28 September 2014

Gross USA:

$506,067
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All three principal actors have appeared in big movie franchises. Mortensen in Lord of the Rings, Issac in Star Wars, and Dunst in Spider-Man. See more »

Goofs

When Chester asks the detective if he was a Marine, the detective says "Yes" and that he was happy when he left Europe after the war. Although some believe the Marines were not in Europe during World War II, there were several units deployed there for security and guard duty (the US Embassy in London being one example), and to support Operation Overlord (the invasion at Normandy). They were also used by the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services, for covert missions in Europe during the war. Thus the detective could have easily seen service in Europe during the war. See more »

Quotes

Chester MacFarland: I'm sorry I disappointed you.
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Connections

References Witness for the Prosecution (1957) See more »

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The Two Faces of January (Score)
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Written by Alberto Iglesias
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Storyline needed some work! 5/10
21 September 2014 | by leonblackwoodSee all my reviews

Review: This is a dramatic movie about a con man who kills a undercover agent and finds himself on the run from the law, with his wife and a tour guide who tries to help them get out of Athens. After a while he realises that the tour guide has fallen in love with his wife and after a dramatic chain of events, the tour guide and Mortensen, both find themselves on the run from the law. I found the movie to be very basic but full of tension throughout. The storyline wasn't overly complicated and the director didn't really show the depth of the characters. All the way through the movie, the characters are nervous and scared of getting caught so there wasn't anything else that interesting going on. The chemistry between the characters was good and believable but the storyline seemed a bit weak. The showdown at the end between the two main characters could have been better, but overall, it's an average movie that won't go down as a classic. Average!

Round-Up: Viggo Mortensen really doesn't take on that many projects, which is a shame because I rate him as an actor. I liked him in A History Of Violence and he was great in the Lord Of The Rings franchise, but he hasn't done that much since. Kirsten Dunst seems to act the same in all of her roles so I don't really class her as a versatile actress. In this movie, her style worked as the love interest of both main characters, but it would be good to see her in something that is out of her comfort zone. Oscars Isaac is starting to bloom in the latter part of his acting career. Starring as the main character in Inside Llewyn Davis and having cameos in the Bourne Legacy and Drive, I'm sure that he's happy with his port folio. All three actors put in good performances, but it's the storyline that really needed some work. 

Budget: N/A Worldwide Gross: $4million

I recommend this movie to people who are into there intense dramas about a tour guide trying to get a couple out Athens after a tragic murder. 5/10


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