2 Days in the Valley (1996)


2 days “I’ll take his word over yours. It’s been my experience, more often than not, that a loser has more honor than a winner.” – Teddy

Number of Times Seen – 3-5 times  (Cable in the 90’s and 20 Jan 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Over the course of two days, the interactions between numerous people lead to crimes and adventures that afterwards none of their lives will ever be the same again.

My Take on it – After Quentin Tarantino made Pulp Fiction (1994) in 1994, many other screenwriters and film makers tries to replicate his success by creating stories with diverse characters and storylines of a criminal nature and ultimately bring it all together by the end.

This is a great example of one that works.

The script and plotline are set up so well that we never really know how things will go until we watch them happen right before our eyes.

The cast is perfect and each and every one of them shines in their own way.

Danny Aiello, Teri Hatcher, Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Peter Horton, Glenne Headly, Marsha Mason, Paul Mazursky, Eric Stoltz, David Carradine and Charlize Theron all play such diverse characters, but they all manage to find ways to interact and connect over the course of less than 48 hours.

The plot has a lot if very clever devices added into it that keep us interested throughout because there are lots of surprises around every turn.

Bottom Line – Great script that knows how to tie together so many diverse characters into the story. Excellent cast helps make this even better than feeling like a Tarantino rip-off. Clever plot devices keep this interesting throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The part of Helga Svelgen was original written for Daphne Deckers. But at that time she had other contracts and the part went to Charlize Theron. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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