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  • A trip worth taking
    Such a classic -- the Simpsons honored it with a parody (11/9/2008's "Dangerous Curves")! Hepburn was never lovelier, and Finney was a fine figure of a man in this vignette-filled study of a romance/marriage. Set in Europe, using the device of various road-trips, "Two.." shows the ups, downs, and dja-vus of a 10-year relationship. Sure, some of it seems dated, but its heart rings true. (Don't miss the wacky couple Eleanor Bron/William Daniels as "ugly Americans," or the early scene with the young, not-in-the-opening-credits Jacqueline Bisset.) It's a rocky road to love, but it's a great trip in their cars. Not to be missed!...more info
  • Two for the Road
    This movie is absolutely spectacular. Consider it the "indie film" of it's time, as it was created in 1967, but filmed in a non-linear fashion. The story follows a couple by the names of Mark and Joanna Wallace through a series of trips to the South of France with one another.

    The best part about the whole film is the fact that it feels so real. The banter between the couple is witty, fresh, and relatable. I highly recommend it. Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn have great chemistry....more info
  • I Cried at the ending!
    My god this movie is so touching and romantic. It is perhaps the only movie that I cried since Titanic. The best performance from Audrey Hepburn and my most favorite movie after Sabrina and My Fair Lady.
    I was surprise when watching this movie because it is not the typical Audrey Hepburn movie (you know what I mean). And I seriously think it is hilarious when Audrey actually cussed in the movie- twice! haha. Not at all R-rated but hella funny.
    Nevertheless, the movie leaves me bittersweet feeling and taught me that even though love is tough and it is possible that one day you and your partner are no longer interested in each other, it is the most wonderful gift to have love and be loved once in your life.
    The ending is somewhat on the positive side. Making me cry so much when she say I'm back, I'm back, Mark.
    The story is quite confusing at first because of so many intertwine story about their stages of relationship; however, it is easily recognize and differentiate with Audrey's hair and clothing style.
    Great Movie. Love the story and ending. A+...more info
  • 60's classic
    Vacation in France in six steps of the lives of relatively young married people. They go from hitch hiking to a Mercedes Benz in a space of a little over ten years. They have all the problems of modern marriages
    and all the best of a very good relationship.
    They actually seem to understand each other's faults.
    I liked even though it is so a "chick flick"....more info
  • Fantastic!!
    OK, this movie is just great!! It puts you in such a good mood and brings you to another land. I see there are a few people who made negative comments about the movie.... They are insane!! Two For The Road is a wonderful movie!! I recommend everyone watch it!! My boyfriend who has completely different taste than me even loved it!! Must see!!...more info
  • fond memories
    I saw this movie downtown San Antonio, Texas as a teenager and fell madly in love...again (first time as Holly Golightly) with Audrey Hepburn. She was and will remain one of our most beloved movie stars of our time. This is a wonderful classic film about 2 people most happy when they have nothing but one another. Proving once again that money cannot buy happiness in life. 5 stars for sure!...more info
  • Two for the Road
    This is one of the best (if not THE best) dissections of a marriage ever put on film. The stars are gorgeous, the locations are gorgeous, Mancini's score is gorgeous.... And then there's Eleanor Bron and William Daniels -- AND RUTHIE BELLE!!! And let's not forget Jacqueline Bisset (I think Truffaut references this performance in Day for Night). Frederic Raphael's script is a model of wit and sophistication -- it's not a movie you leave and come back to; if you do, you'll be lost. This movie isn't on DVD yet (A CRIME), so this review is for the tape. But even if the DVD comes out with 0 extras, the movie still rates 5 stars!...more info
  • Two for the Road
    I am so sad. I cannot play this CD unfortunately. I get a message "check your area code" that's all. I would very much appreciate what is wrong with this CD and/or what I could do to be able to play it....more info
  • Memory Lane Is A Bumpy Road
    Some films from the Sixties have dated more than others. I loved this film when it first came out and for years had many pleasant memories of it. Some years ago, my English wife and I travelled across France by road from Calais to the Med and throughout the journey I had images of this film constantly re-playing in my head. So I looked forward to seeing it again after a long time. I don't know whether the times have changed that much, or I have. What once seemed witty, relevant, truthful, charming and modern now strikes me as a somewhat pretentious mess. I seem to remember more comedy than there actually is in the film. The scenes of the crumbling marriage are much too stark a contrast to the lighter tone of other scenes. Moving the storyline back and forth in time is not a problem, but the frequently uncertain tone is. Is it a comedy? A drama? A comedy/drama? A drama/comedy? Who knows? Certainly not Stanley Donen who was so much more assured directing Audrey Hepburn in Charade. Audrey is Audrey, even in the dramatic scenes. Albert Finney bounces between being a latter day Tom Jones and an upmarket Jimmy Porter. The chemistry between the two is marginal. The sequence with Eleanor Bron and William Daniels - two wonderful performers in other circumstances - now seems strained and tedious. The only saving graces are the French countryside and Henry Mancini's music (one of his best scores). Maybe someone seeing the film for the first time will enjoy it more. I remember once hearing that Meg Ryan wanted to do a re-make of Two For The Road. Lets pray to the gods of cinema that it never happens....more info
  • The most underated Audrey Hepburn movie
    Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney rival "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in one of the most beautiful and bittersweet loves stories. A must see for any Finney or Hepburn fan....more info
  • A Classic - TRUE Classic
    Well first i should say that Two For the Road is practically my life and my partner's life story. However, four years before I was married I had first seen the film.....little was i to know.

    Now thirty-three years later, more happily married than ever, I look at this film as a timeless, classic work that survives while so many others have failed.

    The writing is superb in its wit and poignancy - a poignancy that was applicable then and is as pertinent now.

    Lines like, Finny pointing to the obnoxious child, "Do you Still want a Child.." And Hepburn replies, "Yes! just not THAT child.." The statement speaks volumes for those deciding on children or not....it exemplfies how individual that decision is.

    Finny is as funny as hell as a typical male and Hepburn is sweetness personified in her portrayal.

    They grow old together, in sickness and in health, good times and bad, joy and happiness and pain and sorrow. They live in a world of reality where life is a roller coaster and no one is perfect. They make it through the times of deceipt and betrayal by knowing the greater part of their marriage is positive and rewarding.

    The film is brilliantly photographed, the score is uncomplicated and lovely. Sub plots like the erosion of the environment because of over-building and the superficial needs and crutches of the overly monied add to support the central them of compromises and misfortunes even in the best of worlds and relationships.

    Rent it -- Oh and for god's sake will someone please get this on DVD -- and see a big dose of healthy truth wrapped in glorious scenery, incredible fashions and wonderful performances.

    God i LOVE this movie....more info

  • Adult, Non Sentimental Analysis Of Marital Breakdown
    Stanley Donen's classic "Two for the Road", which chronicles the painful but also surprisingly at times quite comic breakdown of a 12 year old marriage comes as bit of a surprise after his main fame was for lavish musicals such as "Singin' in the Rain". He however handles the territory like a seasoned veteran in this vivid and perceptive examination of a love that has grown stale between a couple who have perhaps grown a little too used to each other. Framed in the unique format of a number of cross country road trips set at different times in the couples courtship, poor early years together when they have to share a vacation, and in one where the couple have a young child and affluence, these side by side vignettes ilustrate beautifully the idea of a tender love gradually growing cold with the passing of time. The two main characters in question are brought to life by a luminous Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney as the warring couple in two of their very finest performances that in the case of Audrey Hepburn in particular definately added new dimensions to her already well established screen persona.

    The story opens with husband and wife Mark and Joanna Wallace (Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn), are undertaking the latest in their series of long distance car trips from London down to the French Riviera. However unlike the previous excursions which were done for enjoyment and sightseeing this trip is solely a business arrangment to meet up with some of Mark's business collegues. This in itself shows a clear picture of the direction the Wallace's mariage has taken over the years. All is certainly not well between the by now financially prosperous couple and during the course of the trip the pair via flashbacks reflect on their twelve year old marriage focusing on the state of their marriage during the previous road trips they have taken. The earliest flashback is to when they were an in love young couple; she touring as part of a girl's choir and he a struggling architect. At this early time in their courtship with no money and having to weather extremely unsatisfactory forms of transport such as a car with a burning engine and sleeping in a drain tube the love for each other only increases between the pair who are carefree, without serious commitments and ready to take on the world. The later flashbacks of the story see Joanna and Mark as a young married couple sharing a ride down south with a boring couple Howard and Cathy Manchester (William Daniels and Eleanor Bron), and their obnoxious daughter Ruthie (Gabrielle Middleton), with all the pitfalls occuring when one has to share a vacation with others. It also gives a vivid illustration of the direction that their own marriage could gradually be taking. Over this time the initial great love between the pair begins to become jaded and even the birth of their daughter really doen't seem to bring back that old magic into the relationship. The flashbacks illustrate the growing discord growing between the pair which results in both parties indulging in infidelties in an attempt to put some spark back in their marriage. When Joanna eventually asks for a divorce Mark hesitates as this will really bring all of their problems that are best kept hidden in his belief due to his high profile business connections, out into the open. The story then ends with the couple resolving to stay together and try and make the marriage work because aside from the bitterness and infidelities hey have both experienced after 12 years together they do actually need each other and really can't imagine their lives without the other.

    "Two for the Road", could never be called your typical Hollywood marital comedy and its rather adult and at times unorthodox way of telling its story without the usual Hollywood flourishes makes the story almost as timely today as it was back on it's release in 1967. The two very different screen personas of Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney combine very well here and the elements of comedy brought into the story along with the largely non sentimental ending gives the story a hefty injection of reality not often seen in these types of films. Audrey Hepburn concluded her highly successful collaboration with veteran director Stanley Donen here after teaming superbly in such efforts as "Funny Face", and especially the classic "Charade". "Two for the Road", was without a doubt their most adult piece together and it's a pity that their work as director and lead actress didn't continue into the late 60's when often more serious themes were being explored on screen. Audrey Hepburn manages to be totally convincing over the 12 year time span covered by the movie and her changing hairstyles, clothes, (she is a very different kind of fashion plate in this film compared to earlier efforts), and general attitude to life in general is a joy to witness proving what a fine mature actress she had become by this stage in her career. Despite their obnoxious screen characters William Daniels and Eleanor Bron are wonderful as the horrid tourists with the hateful little daughter who Joanna and Mark become trapped with on their middle cross country tour. The comic visit to Chantilly Chateau done in fast motion and William Daniels character's minute by minute planning of travel plans and expenses, does much to relieve the often heavy emotional business going on between Joanna and Mark. The film also benefits greatly from the exquisite on location photography done throughout France and the Riviera on the numerous road trips and it's interesting to see the gradual change in motor vehicle transportation the couple have as their material prosperity increases in direct relation to their decreasing unhappiness with their marriage and their lives in general. The continued flashbacks and then return to the present is also capably done and is very well complimented in the wonderfully candid screenplay by Frederic Raphael and by Henry Mancini's most interesting musical score which is one of his best, it being very reflective of this very "mod", late 1960's period.

    Anyone expecting your typical Audrey Hepburn comedy are probably in for a bit of a surprise here with "Two for the Road", but although I do tend to prefer Audrey in her more "typical", earlier types of roles I find this timely late 1960's effort not only stimulating adult storytelling but also a real indication of the direction Audrey Hepburn's career possibly might have taken had she not left films in that year for a long break to raise her family. With no older and suitably suave leading man like Cary Grant or Gary Cooper in sight, and minus the glamourous Givency outfits that were her screen trademark, Audrey however still glows on screen and gives a well thought out performance that compliments the very different acting style of Albert Finney very well. Sensitively written marital comedies laced with human drama and emotion are a rare commodity nowadays which is why a viewing of Stanley Donen's 1967 effort "Two for the Road", is such a treat. Try and have a viewing of it soon. Highly recommended....more info
  • My Favorite Movie!
    This delightful vehicle for the most beautiful Audrey Hepburn and the terribly charming Albert Finney never fails to make me smile & sigh. While following the pair through France, and through the first decade of love and marriage, director Donen gives us old-fashioned romance combined with a very realistic view of how love once so cherished becomes neglected and abused.

    Memorable movie lines:

    Finney to Hepburn who is sporting a tiara: "If you want to be a Dutchess, be a Dutchess; but if you want to make love it's hats off".

    Hepburn to Finney: "You don't know what love is"....more info

  • Beautifully Rendered Postcards With a Peerless Audrey
    I read in Danny Peary's "A Guide for the Film Fanatic" that some people have formed a strong emotional attachment to this 1967 film. I am one of them. From the opening notes of Henry Mancini's evocative score (personally I think it's his best work) to the end where the main characters drive off into Italy after some verbal sparring, this movie still provides the same pleasure it did when I first saw it on TV in the early seventies. "Two for the Road" is a time capsule of Carnaby Street fashion and French new wave scene juxtaposition, but it remains timeless in its emotionally piercing view of marriage and in the beguiling presence of Audrey Hepburn. There will unlikely be an actress with more style or grace on screen, and never has she seemed more sexy, playful or innately human. It's a shame she never played a role as rich in texture as Frederic Raphael's script provides here. His dialogue is sharp and insightful, as he has the main characters often repeat one another for the sake of getting a different meaning from the same line of dialogue.

    As Joanna and Mark Wallace, Hepburn and Albert Finney get to live out more than a decade in their characters' lives from initial meeting to near-divorce. What makes the evolution more impressive is that the story is not a linear narrative but rather a series of five road trips that volley the viewer back and forth in the relationship. Finney provides a formidable match for Hepburn, and he plays with the right mix of roguish insouciance and insecure ambition that doesn't make his character always likeable but certainly believable. Their chemistry is palpable, especially in the early days of their courtship as the movie makes hitchhiking the most romantic of adventures with the couple cutting through the entirety of France in various vehicles in record time. Only in the movies. The episode with the pretentious American tourist couple and their bratty daughter provides some biting and funny moments...ironically, the actress portraying the wife, Eleanor Bron, is British. Not surprising that this movie was not such a huge hit stateside since the four Americans in the movie are portrayed in such an unflattering light.

    Regardless, credit needs to go to director Stanley Donen (himself an American), who somehow pulls all these disparate elements together and uses his extensive Hollywood experience to bring a nice glossy sheen to the whole film. His third collaboration with Hepburn (after "Funny Face" and "Charade") really turns into a tribute to her as she makes a remarkable transformation from na?ve choirgirl to jaded jet-set housewife that goes well beyond the changing hairstyles and clothing. This is one to treasure.

    **ADDENDUM ABOUT THE DVD RELEASE POSTED ON NOVEMBER 17, 2005**

    At last!...This wondrous film has been lovingly restored for its much-delayed DVD release. The print quality has been significantly improved over the VHS tape I've had for over a decade. A nice bonus feature is a split-screen before-and-after short that shows the visual improvement. Best of all, there is finally an audio commentary track to accompany the film, and Donen provides illuminating insight on the elliptical narrative structure and the non-chronological juxtaposition of the scenes. He explains that the characters are reliving their memories by association with the feelings they are having in the present. His adoration of Hepburn is pervasive and understandable, as he claims rightfully that this was her best performance (they worked together three times). I just wish Finney was available to add his perspective. Moreover, if you ever wondered why the young Jacqueline Bisset's voice doesn't sound like her at all, he admits she was re-dubbed by another actress due to the blaring noise of generators during the location shooting. She apparently had already moved on to shoot her first Hollywood film. For those like me who adore this film, the DVD is a must-buy....more info
  • I could watch this over and over
    What else is there to write about this movie? Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney have great chemistry together, the script is intelligent, as the direction, and I for one have never found the movie hard to follow.

    The way the different stages of the couple's marriage is contrasted throughout the film is particularly effective and poignant, since we clearly see how far their relationship has traveled through the decade. No, Mark (Finney) is not always the most sensitive of people but he does come through when his wife needs him the most. Nor is Joanna (Hepburn)a saint either; she's human like her husband. And together they make the perfect pair to travel in their journey of life. Sigh. Can't get any better than this!

    This DVD is restored to a much sharper image than the VHS tape, and of course the music is just haunting as ever....more info
  • Both style & substance
    As a callow teenager, I didn't think much of this film. Now older & married, I appreciate it more & more each time I see it, discovering something new & insightful with each new viewing. Mark & Joanna seem like old friends to me now.

    It's a fascinating piece of work, an intersection between the classic era of Hollywood filmmaking (then drawing to an end) & the fresh, experimental techniques of the 1960s. Does this make it a period piece? Well, it's certainly of its time ... but in a good way, as it embodies all the energy & vivid sense of life from that decade. And its somewhat golden, romantic glow is really timeless, since memories of the first days of love are so idealized & wondrous.

    The cross-cutting between years is especially effective here, reinforcing the sense of memories under review, one leading to another in no particular order. The repetition of certain scenes & lines of dialogue, with VERY different emotional tones over the years, conveys the changes in this marriage succinctly & sharply.

    And then there's the look of it! Audrey Hepburn & Albert Finney are both stunningly attractive, radiating beauty & sexuality with all the fire of the French sun above their heads. It's particularly good to see Hepburn playing a grown woman in all of her complexity -- while there was never a screen gamine to match hers, she was capable of so much more, and proves it here. Plus, she wears stylish clothes like a dream!

    Some reviewers have complained about Albert Finney's portrayal of Mark -- self-centered, even brutal in his drive & confidence, so absolutely sure of his handsome irresistibility. But I think those are some of the qualities that attracted Joanna in the first place. She wanted someone to match her ... because of course she's just as aware of her own considerable qualities.

    Does this make them shallow, self-absorbed? I don't think so. For any couple in love, especially in the prime of youth, there's really nobody else in the world -- certainly nobody else to match themselves. But as time goes by & a little more reality sets in, we see how they struggle & often stumble, trying to adjust to so many changes. Life has a way of overtaking the first blaze of romance, and not every marriage survives it.

    And that's the question, after all. Can marriage survive the inevitabilities of growing up? "Two for the Road" explores that question in a meandering but surprisingly in-depth fashion. Along the way it provides us with a remarkable portrait of a couple, an era, and a classic style of filmmaking. The highly informative & entertaining commentary track by director Stanley Donen only adds to the pleasures of this film. Enthusiastically recommended!




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  • Brilliant, Hepburn's most intelligent, sophisticated film
    This is the finest film Audrey Hepburn ever made. Decades ahead of its time, "Two For The Road" really anticipates the crazy narrative contortions of Charlie Kaufman and other modern screenwriters and still feels daring today. However, the relationship between Hepburn and Finney is so genuine and the dialogue so wittily precise that you'll never care about the exact chronology, which is almost impossible to figure out anyway. You'll just revel in one of the most hilarious and charming yet bitingly honest films about romance ever made. I have to imagine "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" owes something to this masterpiece.

    The seemingly simple narrative hook is this; Mark and Joanna meet while travelling across France. They then make the same journey at numerous points in their married lives, sometimes together, a few times alone. The genius of Raphael's screenplay is to intercut all of these trips, without any attempt to explain which trip we are seeing each time - there are no titles saying "1956" or "1964" at each change. Instead, we are able to follow the timeline by the way in which their relationship changes from lovers to newlyweds to bored spouses.

    The specifics of time, like fashion, and other little clues, do make it fairly easy to follow the chronology if you absolutely must, but it's not at all vital. (Hint - there's always a large annual registration sticker on the windshield of whatever car they're driving, which tells you when the scene takes place, if you just have to know.)
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