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Two of a Kind (1983)

When God decides to destroy Earth, four angels aim to redeem mankind through a young man and woman with troubles of their own.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Zack
Olivia Newton-John ... Debbie
Charles Durning ... Charlie
Oliver Reed ... Beasley
Beatrice Straight ... Ruth
Scatman Crothers ... Earl
Richard Bright ... Stuart
Vincent Bufano ... Oscar
Toni Kalem ... Terri
James Stevens James Stevens ... Ron
Ernie Hudson ... Det. Skaggs
Jack Kehoe ... Mr. Chotiner
Robert Costanzo ... Capt. Cinzari (as Bobby Costanzo)
Castulo Guerra ... Gonzales
Warren Robertson Warren Robertson ... Himself


God has had just about enough of the human's attitude so he will destroy the planet very soon. It is up to a struggling inventor and a bank teller, both with very amateur criminal minds, to save the world... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Release Date:

16 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Second Chance See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,344,942, 18 December 1983

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While shooting on-location in New York City, Olivia Newton-John was bitten by a dog named Pascha. The Collie/German shepherd mix lived in the neighborhood and was hired along with his owner as an extra. Olivia approached them and asked to pet the dog.The owner warned her that Pascha was afraid of crowds. She leaned in to pet it and was bitten on the hand. It ended Pascha's movie career, and they filmed the scene without him. Olivia braved the injury and kept on working. See more »


As Zack leaves the bank, his mustache is almost all the way off. When he runs down the street, his mustache is completely back on his face, with no time to have fixed it. See more »


Ron: [after faking being attacked while he checks Debbie's bedroom for Zack] Let me go, you impotent joke.
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John and Olivia: BETRAYED!
5 January 2004 | by iago-6See all my reviews

There is only word one that fully does justice to this film: APPALLING.

John and Olivia were BETRAYED! WHY they would choose this movie-someone else on here said they looked through over 30 scripts before settling on this one-and why they would let this first-time director decimate their careers in this way… it's inexplicable. WHY anyone at any studio would take these two huge stars (though Olivia had been tarnished by Xanadu by this time) and TOSS THEIR CAREERS TO THE WIND on this turkey is… again, inexplicable. Why does this film exist?

The answer lies, I think, in Olivia's 'rebranding' effort, trying to shift out of being wholesome and pure and be a bit of a vamp, which in retrospect seems like a big mistake (look what happened to Sheena Easton when she tried the same thing… and look at the continuing debacle that is Britney). Everyone loves Olivia being pure and a bit cheeky. Look how adorable she was in Grease! It is just so incongruous for her to be a bank-robbing shiftless liar that it is impossible to get involved with her character. Okay, that sounds like there is even one 'character' in this film, but you know what I mean.

There are several compelling issues raised by this film, such as:

Why does John Travolta walk like he has a broomstick (etc…. but ALL the way in) the whole movie? Did his mother tell him his posture was bad or something?

Were general production values REALLY that low back in 1982? No wonder films are so expensive now.

WHO was the director related to that he was allowed to make this?

WHY, when Olivia's face is presented in the paper, in a loving 6' X 8' picture identifying her as a wanted bank robber, does she just walk around and attend her acting class as though nothing happened? Why does no one in her acting class mention it? Why don't the police show even the SLIGHTEST interest in apprehending her and recovering the money? Why doesn't anyone she the slightest interest?

WHY do songs on the soundtrack blare inappropriately and completely without context throughout?

There are a few notable moments that must be pointed out:

Please take note of the first shot of John Travolta in those stupendously ridiculous glasses. And it's only getting better…

Two words: 'I'm Single.'

Please note how someone offscreen obviously CHUCKS the live cat at the pots in the kitchen! This would not be allowed these days!

Though you will obviously note that 'ethnic diversity' is being DEPLOYED in the group of angels… though it doesn't seem to prevent them from making the black man a bus driver!

Please admire the architectural splendor of Olivia's hair, and her multitude of 80's fashion debacles, including the green ensemble with big gold pirate belt and turned-down suede boots (as they're walking down the street, soon before sampling the edible sunglasses).

Note that John is drinking Red and Olivia is drinking White, obviously because the producers thought this would appear 'sophisticated.'

Of course there's the 'Twist of Fate' montage, where Olivia gets to sport the appalling sunglasses.

Olivia's songs here definitely lack the John Farrar touch (who had composed all of her hits heretofore) and it's obvious where the problem lies.

Alas, what more can be said? Oh, I know… it was only on second viewing that I noticed that John and Olivia actually DIED a third of the way through the film (because John fell on Olivia from a great height, naturally), but were brought back to life by the angels to… continue the film. Now isn't it kind of sad that a film-ANY film-can be so poorly directed that the main characters can DIE and you don't even notice?

Now if you don't want to watch it after reading this, I don't know what's wrong with you.

--- Check out my website devoted to bad and cheesy movies at: www.cinemademerde.com

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