2 Days in the Valley

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2 Days in the Valley
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Herzfeld
Produced by Herb Nanas
Jeff Wald
Written by John Herzfeld
Starring Danny Aiello
Jeff Daniels
Teri Hatcher
Glenne Headly
Marsha Mason
Paul Mazursky
James Spader
Eric Stoltz
Music by Anthony Marinelli
Erin O'Hara
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Edited by Jim Miller
Wayne Wahrman
Production
  company
Rysher Entertainment
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s)
  • September 27, 1996 (1996-09-27)
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $11,132,900

2 Days in the Valley is a 1996 film directed by John Herzfeld that revolves around the events over 48 hours in the lives of a group of people who are drawn together by a murder.[1]

Plot[edit]

Two hitmen, Lee Woods (James Spader) and Dosmo Pizzo (Danny Aiello), walk into a bedroom where a sleeping couple, Roy Foxx and his ex-wife Becky, are in bed. Lee injects Becky (Hatcher) with a tranquilizer then shoots Roy in the head. Lee and Dosmo then drive to an abandoned area of Mulholland Drive, where Lee shoots Dosmo and blows up the car in order to set Dosmo up as the fall guy for the murder. Lee flees the scene with his girlfriend Helga (Charlize Theron).

Dosmo was wearing a bulletproof vest and survived the shooting and car explosion. He seeks shelter at the house of Allan Hopper (Cruttwell), where he takes Hopper and his assistant, Susan Parish (Headly), hostage. Dosmo is unaware that Hopper has called his sister, Audrey Hopper (Mason), a nurse, to come to the house. On her way, Audrey picks up Teddy Peppers (Mazursky), a down-and-out TV producer contemplating suicide.

Meanwhile, Becky awakens and discovers Roy's body in bed beside her. She runs from her house and flags down two detectives, Wes Taylor (Eric Stoltz) and Alvin Strayer (Jeff Daniels), who are driving by. Although he is sympathetic, Wes begins to suspect that Becky knows more than she is saying. Becky, who had hired Lee and Dosmo to kill Roy for $30,000, was unaware that they would kill Roy in her own house. Lee goes back to the house to get the money, but encounters homicide detectives Creigton (Keith Carradine) and Valenzuela (Ada Maris) working the crime scene. Lee kills both of them. Wes decides to return to the crime scene to see if he can offer any insight on the case. Masquerading as one of the detectives, Lee lures Wes outside, intending to kill him.

Becky and Helga get into an argument which turns into a fight. Becky shoots Helga and escapes. Helga finds her way to Becky's house, where Lee has knocked Wes unconscious. Lee decides to kill Helga instead of taking her to the hospital, but his gun jams. He turns to retrieve Wes's gun but finds that Helga has escaped and has flagged down a passing car containing Dosmo and his hostages. Susan jumps out of the car and tries to help the dying Helga, but Helga dies on the roadside.

Wes is caught in the middle of a shoot out between Dosmo and Lee, and is shot in the legs. Just before Lee can kill Dosmo, Teddy, who had planned to commit suicide, shoots Lee, killing him.

A grateful Wes allows Dosmo to take the $30,000 and escape with Susan. The following day Teddy shows up to an anniversary party that Audrey is attending. As Susan and Dosmo drive down a highway, Dosmo contemplates using the money to start a pizzeria in Brooklyn; Susan smiles and he kisses her.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film was given mixed reviews from critics, with a 60% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 53 reviews. Roger Ebert gave the film three stars out of four on his rating scale, saying that it "looks like a crime movie, but crime is the medium, not the message".[2] Teri Hatcher's performance earned her a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actress.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holden, Stephen (September 27, 1996). "2 Days in the Valley (1996) His Blood Is Colder Than Ice". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (September 27, 1996). "Reviews: 2 Days in the Valley". Roger Ebert. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 

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