Twice in a Lifetime (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

Twice in a Lifetime (1985)

Twice in a Lifetime




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On the occasion of his 50th birthday, blue-collar family man Gene Hackman is possessed by our old friend, The Mid-Life Crisis. Visiting a local tavern, Hackman becomes enchanted by gorgeous barmaid Ann-Margret. In less time than it takes to down his beer, he has resolved to leave his wife Ellen Burstyn, and his daughters Ally Sheedy and Amy Madigan, in favor of a fresh start with his sexy new "conquest." The film deals not so much with Hackman's impulsive decision as with the genuine pain he leaves in his wake. Madigan's vituperative lash-out at her father is one of many heartbreaking moments of truth in this refreshingly cliché-free domestic drama. The perceptive screenplay for Twice in a Lifetime was written by Colin Welland; the film's theme music was composed by Paul McCartney.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Stanley Mann, Colin Welland, Stanley Mann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 12, 2005
Yorkin Company


Gene Hackman
as Harry MacKenzie
Ellen Burstyn
as Kate MacKenzie
as Audrey Minelli
Kevin Bleyer
as Chris Sobel
Art Cahn
as Nikos
Mary Theilen
as checkout clerk
Kit Harris
as Dolores
George Catalano
as Shoe Repairman
Mary Ewald
as Saleswoman
Daniel Mahar
as Foreman
Mary Kowalski
as Minister
Keith Nicholai
as Photographer
Kenneth Clark
as Flower Man
Gary Kowalski
as Minister
Audrey Flod
as Bingo Caller
Mary Thielen
as Checkout Clerk
Loretta Adair
as Bingo Assistant
Eileen Cornwell
as Bingo Checker
Denise Aiumu
as Sales Clerk
Junior Barber
as Young Kid
Ken Clark
as Flower Man
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Critic Reviews for Twice in a Lifetime

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

At times so personal that the act of watching the movie often feels like eavesdropping.

Full Review… | June 27, 2005

Audience Reviews for Twice in a Lifetime


good acting by all involved in this little known gem.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Amazing performances from Ellen Burstyn, Gene Hackman, Ann Margret, and Amy Madigan who received a much earned Oscar nomination. It is very well written even if it starts off a little slow.


The subtle performance by Gene Hackman scores. The supporting cast is excellent, especially Ellen Burstyn. It?s a good story, believably done and has an excellent screenplay. Thoughtful direction, sensitively told. Great job.

James Higgins

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