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Two for the Road (1967)




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In preparing his romantic comedy Two For the Road, director Stanley Donen decided to utilize many of the cinematic techniques popularized by the French "nouvelle vague" filmmakers. Jump cutting back and forth in time with seeming abandon, Donen and scriptwriter Frederic Raphael chronicle the 12-year relationship between architect Wallace (Albert Finney) and his wife (Audrey Hepburn). While backpacking through Europe, student Finney falls for lovely music student Jacqueline Bisset, but later settles for Hepburn, another aspiring musician (this vignette served as the launching pad for the film-within-a-film in Francois Truffaut's 1973 classic Day for Night). Once married, Finney and Hepburn go on a desultory honeymoon, travelling in the company of insufferable American tourists William Daniels and Eleanor Bron and their equally odious daughter Gabrielle Middleton. Later on, during yet another road trip, Finney is offered an irresistible job opportunity by Claude Dauphin, which ultimately distances Finney from his now-pregnant wife. Still remaining on the road, the film then details Finney and Hepburn's separate infidelities. The film ends where it begins, with Finney and Hepburn taking still another road vacation, hoping to sew up their unraveling marriage. While critics did nip-ups over Stanley Donen's "revolutionary" nonlinear story-telling techniques, audiences responded to the chemistry between Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney, not to mention the unforgettable musical score by Henry Mancini. Note: many TV prints of Two for the Road are edited for content, robbing the viewer of Finney and Hepburn's delightful "Bitch/Bastard" closing endearments. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Audrey Hepburn
as Joanna Wallace
Albert Finney
as Mark Wallace
Eleanor Bron
as Cathy Manchester
William Daniels
as Howard Manchester
Claude Dauphin
as Maurice Dalbret
Nadia Gray
as Francoise Dalbret
Gabrielle Middleton
as Ruth Manchester
Irène Hilda
as Yvonne de Florac
Karyn Balm
as Simone
Mario Verdon
as Palamos
Roger Dann
as Gilbert
Libby Morris
as American Lady
Yves Barsacq
as Police Inspector
Helene Tossy
as Mme. Solange
Jean-Francois Lalet
as Boat Officer
Albert Michel Jr.
as Customs' Officer
Joanna Jones
as Joanna's Touring Friend
Sophia Torkeli
as Joanna's Touring Friend
Patricia Viterbo
as Joanna's Touring Friend
Olga George Picot
as Joanna's Touring Friend
Clarissa Hillel
as Joanna's Touring Friend
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Critic Reviews for Two for the Road

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

A Hollywood-style romance between beautiful people, and an honest story about recognizable human beings.

July 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The picture never quite finds its tone.

August 30, 2012 | Full Review…

It's more facile than poignant.

July 12, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Hepburn, shedding her established persona with glee, is particularly great, while Frederic Raphael's acerbic screenplay has touches of material he'd explore decades later with Eyes Wide Shut.

January 28, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With Two for the Road... Donen took a romantic comedy and deconstructed it, using the nonlinear structure and jump cuts that were being popularised at the time by the French new wave.

January 23, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A benchmark of marital dischord with luminous Hepburn, cheeky Finney

January 11, 2007 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Two for the Road

The film chronicles several journeys in a couple's relationship. While the performances by Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn are often delightful, the film's primary problem is its unevenness. It's occasionally hard to follow, and the mix of happy times and marital discord never quite finds its proper balance. Overall, there are parts of this film that are fun, but the film as a whole lacks cohesiveness.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


An au courant account -by the swinging sixties' standards- of a relationship and the institution of marriage, shown through all its stages with lots of charm. From a narrative standpoint it might be a bit muddled, but Hepburn and Finney give the right touch of wit, chemistry, cynicism and joie de vivre for all to be pleased.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Albert Finney is sososososo hot. This is what Shoot the Moon wants to be but isn't. I'm glad it ends happily - really, really glad.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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