Two Weeks in Another Town

Overview

One of Hollywood's great directors, Vincente Minnelli, turns a jaundiced eye towards the film industry in this drama about the inner workings of the movie business. Jack Andrus (Kirk Douglas) is an actor whose career has gone into a tailspin along with his personal life; after a severe bout with alcoholism, a messy break-up with his wife, a life-threatening auto accident, and a nervous breakdown, Andrus has spent three years in a private mental hospital in Connecticut. Andrus is approached by Maurice Kruger ...
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Overview

One of Hollywood's great directors, Vincente Minnelli, turns a jaundiced eye towards the film industry in this drama about the inner workings of the movie business. Jack Andrus (Kirk Douglas) is an actor whose career has gone into a tailspin along with his personal life; after a severe bout with alcoholism, a messy break-up with his wife, a life-threatening auto accident, and a nervous breakdown, Andrus has spent three years in a private mental hospital in Connecticut. Andrus is approached by Maurice Kruger (Edward G. Robinson), a noted filmmaker who worked many times with Andrus in the past, offering him a small role in his next picture, and with the blessings of his doctors, the actor flies to Rome to return to work. However, once he arrives, Andrus finds the project is in chaos -- his role has been recast, Kruger is constantly battling with producer Tucino (Mino Doro), leading man Davie Drew (George Hamilton) is squabbling with both %Kruger and his girlfriend Veronica (Daliah Lavi), and the female lead (Rosanna Schiaffino) can't recite her dialogue in English. With the shooting in shambles, Kruger asks Andrus to take over the dubbing work in hopes of bringing the film in on schedule, and against his better judgement Andrus agrees. As Andrus tries to rise to this new challenge -- made all the more trying by the arrival of his ex-wife Carlotta (Cyd Charisse) -- the production receives its biggest setback when Kruger suffers a heart attack after a bitter argument with his wife (Claire Trevor). Andrus takes over the direction of the picture, and proves a capable hand for the job, bringing in the project on time and on budget. However, Kruger expresses resentment rather than gratitude, claiming that Andrus is trying to put an end to his career. Two Weeks In Another Town was adapted from a novel by Irwin Shaw.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Some people believe that Two Weeks in Another Town would be more highly regarded had director Vincente Minnelli not made the earlier (and superior) The Bad and the Beautiful. It's more likely that Two Weeks would simply be a better movie if Minnelli hadn't already gone over this territory in the previous film. While Two Weeks has some undeniable strengths, it simply isn't as incisive or as finely detailed and observed as Bad and Beautiful. The characters are poorly drawn, and the script succumbs to soap opera instead of taking the harder path of drama (or even good, solid melodrama). The acting is uneven, with Edward G. Robinson in top form and good work from Claire Trevor, but Kirk Douglas, in the crucial leading role, goes too far too often, and Cyd Charisse seems all at sea. Minnelli (who claims that studio editing damaged the film tremendously) directs with unusual abandon, and while the gamble doesn't pay off, it does provide the film with an intriguing intensity. And, as always, Minnelli makes brilliant use of color and design to punch across his points (and to gloss over the trickier parts of the screenplay). Despite its considerable flaws, there's a strength and potency to Two Weeks that makes it hard to resist -- at least for a while.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2011
  • UPC: 883316313190
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,308

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Jack Andrus
Edward G. Robinson Maurice Kruger
Cyd Charisse Carlotta
George Hamilton Davie Drew
Daliah Lavi Veronica
Claire Trevor Clara Kruger
James Gregory Brad Byrd
Joanna Roos Janet Bark
George Macready Lew Jordan
Mino Doro Tucino
Stefan Schnabel Zeno
Vito Scotti Assistant Director
Tom Palmer Dr. Cold Eyes
Erich Von Stroheim Jr. Ravinski
Leslie Uggams Chanteuse
Edith Angold German Tourist
Albert Carrier Electrician
Lilyan Chauvin
Edward Colmans Henchman
Franco Corsaro
Joe Dante Ad Libs in Lounge
Constance Ford
James Garde Sound Engineer
Charles Horvath
John Indrisano Bouncer
Janet Lake Noel O'Neill
Marjorie Liszt Liz
Alberto Morin Cameraman
Don Orlando Soundman
Benito Prezia
Beulah Quo Chinese Sister
Tony Randall
Rosanna Schiaffino Barzelli
Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Pierre Balmain Costumes/Costume Designer
George W. Davis Art Director
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Robert R. Hoag Special Effects
John Houseman Producer
Robert J. Kern Jr. Editor
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Urie McCleary Art Director
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
David Raksin Score Composer
Charles Schnee Screenwriter
Erich Von Stroheim Jr. Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
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