2 Days in the Valley

1996

Comedy / Crime / Thriller

16
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 59%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 54%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 18442

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Synopsis


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Cast

Lawrence Tierney as Older Man
Glenne Headly as Susan Parish
Teri Hatcher as Becky Foxx
Louise Fletcher as Evelyn
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962.13 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 44 min
P/S 4 / 11
1.93 GB
1920*816
English 5.1
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 44 min
P/S 0 / 6
962.13 MB
1280*544
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 44 min
P/S 2 / 4
1.93 GB
1920*816
English 5.1
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 44 min
P/S 3 / 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by larry.launders 8 / 10

Watch It! Only some of the characters have to worry about having just 60 seconds....

It takes a little bit, but all the characters manage to encounter each other/cross paths at some point. Be patient, this is an enjoyable movie to watch!

The characters are very well done, enough depth to explain their actions, but again, patience is needed. Let it tell its story.

The story is tight and smart. It unveils more and more as it goes, hence the needed patience. I don't mean to make it sound like you have to wait until the end for things to make sense, they will as things go along. In other words, questions will get answered throughout the movie, and does a good job of keeping you both guessing, and at the same time satisfied that earlier questions have resolved.

I also found the soundtrack to be very well done. Although apparently there was a previous soundtrack that wasn't used, and has since been released on CD. The Anthony Marinelli pieces are highly effective.

Wonderful cast, soundtrack, and story.

Reviewed by mattymatt4ever 8 / 10

One of the best movies that nobody's seen!

Unfortunately, "2 Days in the Valley" didn't get a big audience. I saw it in theaters and enjoyed it very much, and now that I bought the DVD I still enjoy it very much! This is really a unique, original piece of work with echoes of Tarantino. Just like any Tarantino film, the characterizations are very well-developed and the dialogue is sharp, witty and full of observation.

The film is an ensemble piece that works on the same level as many others in the genre: We're approached with a series of characters and as the story develops, we watch how the situations all interweave. The result is a hilarious, drop-dead funny dark comedy that's entertaining from start to finish! The music by Anthony Marinelli perfectly accentuates the ironic, darkly comic setting.

One of the crucial elements to make a film like this work is, of course, the characters. Each character is quirky in their own respect, yet they're not caricatures. This is not a farce; this is a real comedy about real people who are really screwed up. We probably know some of these people in our personal lives. And the wonderful cast of multi-talented performers shine in each of their respective roles. Danny Aiello is definitely one of our best actors, with an intense screen presence. He blesses us with another memorable performance as a hitman-turned-pizzeria-owner, who takes a yuppie couple (Glenne Headley, Greg Crutwell) hostage. Headley is a mousey, ultimately naive woman who does everything for, yet ceases to please, her mate--Crutwell as an annoyingly snooty Englishman with kidney problems. You want to cheer in every scene Aiello yells in his face or punches him out. Former teen star Eric Stoltz is good in a quiet role as a rookie detective, who's a little held-back but knows what's right. Jeff Daniels is beautifully cast and outstanding as his partner, who's been in the business for a lot longer, but is a loose cannon and will do absolutely anything--including exposing the masseuses of a Japanese parlor for alleged prostitution--to protect the dear "Valley." James Spader has mastered the role of the yuppie serial killer, and reprises the role he was born to play. He's smooth as ever and sadistic as ever. That's the Spader we know! Charlize Theron is the sexiest in her debut role as Spader's seductive partner. If you want to see the beautiful Charlize at her absolute hottest--look no further! Paul Mazursky--who I've seen in other movies, but doesn't quite stick in my mind--has a nice little supporting role as a washed-up screenwriter. I'll probably have him better stored in my memory after seeing him in this movie, he really is terrific. Finally, we have veteran actress Marsha Mason as a nurse, whose half brother is Crutwell. And there we go--the characters interweave. Each character has an odd sense of irony, which is what's wonderful about this movie.

The only minor flaws are the sometimes-contrived ways of merging the characters into different situations and the excess of characters. There are tons of characters, and though they are all greatly developed in their own particular scenes, the running time prohibits us from getting to know the whole story on some of them--and that's a little bit of crutch, since we grow to love (or love to hate) all these characters. For example, I wanted to see more of Daniels' character and his story comes to a halt midway.

Nevertheless, I was laughing all the way through and never once felt that the film lagged. I was surprised to look at John Herzfeld's (the writer/director) filmography and see a group of TV movies, after-school specials and a few flops, including "Two of a Kind" with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Herzfeld really has an ear for dialogue, and he can be the next Tarantino! I'm not kidding! And I love the way he captures the sunny California setting. So beautiful and picturesque. I know I'm using a lot of superlatives to describe this movie, but it's so darn good and so few people went to see it and I hope more people do. So I urge anyone who hasn't to check out this underrated gem! You won't be disappointed!

My score: 8 (out of 10)

Reviewed by ToddTee 8 / 10

Too much fun to miss

In addition to the clever plot and delicious acting you get to see very early work by Charlize Theron and James Spader, either of which is worth your time. All of the characters are full-fledged characters, with not a weak link in the chain; and those playing those characters all make the best of it. It's a true ensemble cast, with no one -- with the possible exception of Spader, having a lead role. The story is full of twists, surprises and turnabouts enough to flesh out two or three movies. You can tell that all of these fine actors are enjoying playing the quirky characters we are presented with to make this a true fun romp.

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