Two of a Kind (1983 film)
|Two of a Kind|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Herzfeld|
|Produced by||Roger M. Rothstein
|Written by||John Herzfeld|
|Music by||Patrick Williams|
|Cinematography||Fred J. Koenekamp|
|Edited by||Jack Hofstra|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Release date(s)||December 16, 1983|
|Running time||88 minutes|
Two of a Kind is a 1983 American romantic comedy film directed by John Herzfeld and starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The original music score was composed by Patrick Williams. The film has Travolta as an inventor and Newton-John as a bank teller. It is up to both criminally-minded individuals to save Earth from God's destruction. This is Travolta and Newton-John's second film together, after Grease. Unlike Grease, the film was neither a critical nor a commercial success.
Four angels — Charlie, Earl, Gonzales, and Ruth — have been in charge of Heaven for the last 25 years. They are playing a golf match in Heaven when their game is interrupted by God, who has now returned to the office and does not like what he sees down on Earth. God wants to order up another flood and start all over again (despite his promise in the rainbow that he never would again), but the angels persuade God to reconsider, reasoning that if a typical Earth man can reform, it would prove that all mankind is capable of it.
God agrees to the scheme, and the typical Earth man selected by the angels is Zack Melon — a failed inventor who, threatened by loan sharks, decides to hold up a bank. Zack points his gun at bank teller Debbie Wylder who ostensibly gives him all the money. But when Zack peers into the sack after the robbery, he sees that Debbie has substituted bank deposit slips for the cash and has kept the money for herself. Zack tracks her down to reclaim his stolen money and the two fall in love.
- John Travolta as Zack Melon
- Olivia Newton-John as Debbie Wylder
- Charles Durning as Charlie
- Oliver Reed as Beasley
- Beatrice Straight as Ruth
- Scatman Crothers as Earl
- Richard Bright as Stuart
- Toni Kalem as Terri
- Ernie Hudson as Detective Skaggs
- Jack Kehoe as Mr. Chotiner
- Robert Costanzo as Captain Cinzari
- Castulo Guerra as Gonzales
- Gene Hackman as God (uncredited) (Hackman would later work with Travolta in Get Shorty)
The film was nominated for five Razzie Awards: Worst Actor (Travolta, also for Staying Alive), Worst Actress (Newton-John), Worst Director (Herzfeld), Worst Screenplay, and Worst Picture. The movie was nominated for a Stinkers Bad Movie Awards for Worst Picture.
The film was salvaged by a platinum soundtrack which yielded three singles for Newton-John:
- "Twist of Fate" - No. 5 Pop (her last of 15 Top 10 Pop hits)
- "Take a Chance" (duet with John Travolta)- No. 3 AC (B-side to "Twist of Fate")
- "Livin' in Desperate Times" - No. 31 Pop
The album was further bolstered by the appearance of "Ask the Lonely", a song rock group Journey had initially intended for their multi-platinum 1983 album Frontiers but which was only available on the soundtrack album, and Patti Austin's "It's Gonna Be Special", which wasn't a major pop hit but peaked at #15 on the R&B charts and #5 on the Dance charts in 1984.
- "THE SCREEN: TRAVOLTA IN 'TWO OF KIND'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
- "1983 6th Hastings Bad Cinema Society Stinkers Awards". Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
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- The Two of A Kind Only Olivia movie website