Two for the Seesaw (1962)

Two for the Seesaw




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Movie Info

In this film, based on the two-character play by William Gibson, Robert Mitchum plays an Omaha businessman, newly arrived in New York. Though unhappily married, Mitchum is averse to asking for a divorce. This state of affairs gets dicey when Mitchum falls in love with Bronx-born professional dancer Shirley MacLaine.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Isobel Lennart, William Gibson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 1, 1992
United Artists


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Critic Reviews for Two for the Seesaw

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Two for the Seesaw is, quite frankly, one for the cinematic dustbin.

Full Review… | December 26, 2009
Film Freak Central

OK drama featuring Mitchum and MacLaine, who work somewhat oddly well together.

March 14, 2009

Stage-bound and too talky.

Full Review… | January 16, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Two for the Seesaw

Strong performances from the leads, although Shirley's accent is reminiscent of Anne Bancroft who originated the role on Broadway and might have seemed more at home in the part. Well directed by Wise but if interpersonal dramas aren't your thing-steer clear of this.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


The first thing I have to say is that this film looks amazing, the crisp B & W photography is gorgeous from the first frame until the credits roll, and both Mitchum and MacLaine are fun to watch in their roles.

His uptight laconic routine plays nicely against her whimsical free spirit, even as they spend the film dancing around truly depressing situation and refusing to allow themselves to commit to one another.

Good film, worth tracking down.

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