Twice in a Lifetime (1985)

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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.
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R
Genre:
Drama
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Studio:
Yorkin Company

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Cast

Ann-Margret
as Audrey Minelli
Ellen Burstyn
as Kate MacKenzie
Gene Hackman
as Harry MacKenzie
Ally Sheedy
as Helen
Amy Madigan
as Sunny
Ken Clark
as Flower Man
Kevin Bleyer
as Chris Sobel
Rachel Street
as Joanne
George Catalano
as Shoe Repairman
Kenneth Clark
as Flower Man
Art Cahn
as Nikos
Anne Ludlum
as Susie
Loretta Adair
as Bingo Assistant
Denise Aiumu
as Sales Clerk
Junior Barber
as Young Kid
Eileen Cornwell
as Bingo Checker
Mary Ewald
as Saleswoman
Audrey Flod
as Bingo Caller
Kit Harris
as Dolores
Gary Kowalski
as Minister
Daniel Mahar
as Foreman
Keith Nicholai
as Photographer
Tawnya Pettiford
as Neighbor
Mary Theilen
as checkout clerk
Mary Kowalski
as Minister
Ann Ludlum
as Susie
Mary Thielen
as Checkout Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Twice in a Lifetime

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | June 26, 2005
DVDTalk.com

Examines the impact of divorce on an entire family

Full Review… | July 19, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

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July 6, 2005
Filmcritic.com

An acceptable-enough domestic drama.

May 8, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

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November 23, 2004
EmanuelLevy.Com

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August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Twice in a Lifetime

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.

Kyle Bailey
Kyle Bailey
½

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
James Higgins
½

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
James Higgins

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