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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 Francois Truffaut). 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

  • Release date:April 27, 1967

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Audrey Hepburn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Henry Mancini Best Original Score 1967 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Stanley Donen Best Director 1967 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frederic Raphael Best Original Screenplay 1967 Nominee

Cast

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
Georges Descrieres
as David
Gabrielle Middleton
as Ruth Manch
Roger Dann
as Gilbert
Libby Morris
as American Lady
Jacqueline Bisset
as Jackie
Judy Cornwell
as Pat
Patricia Viterbo
as Joanna's touring girl friends
Yves Barsacq
as Police Inspector
Helene Tossy
as Mme. Solange
Albert Michel
as Customs' Officer

Crew

Stanley Donen
Director
Stanley Donen
Producer
Frederic Raphael
Book Author
Frederic Raphael
Screenwriter
Christopher G. Challis
Cinematographer
Henry Mancini
Composer (Music Score)
Madeleine Gug
Editor
Richard Marden
Editor
Willy Holt
Art Director
Marc Frederix
Art Director
Roger Volper
Set Designer
Mary Quant
Costume Designer
Hardy Amies
Costume Designer
Georges Bouban
Makeup
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