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Two If by Sea (1996)

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A couple steals a Matisse painting on contract. They manage to escape the police. The sale takes place 4 days later on an island. Things don't go as planned.

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Bill Bennett

Writers:

Denis Leary (story), Mike Armstrong (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denis Leary ... Francis 'Frank' O'Brien
Sandra Bullock ... Roz
Stephen Dillane ... Evan Marsh
Yaphet Kotto ... FBI Agent O'Malley
Mike Starr ... Fitzie
Jonathan Tucker ... Todd
Wayne Robson ... Beano Callahan
Michael Badalucco ... Quinn
Lenny Clarke ... Kelly
Jonny Fido Jonny Fido ... FBI Agent Burke
Don Gavin ... Sully
Shaun R. Clarke Shaun R. Clarke ... Sweeney
Markus Parilo Markus Parilo ... FBI Agent Peters
John Friesen ... Sheriff Herbert Horn
Sean Runnette Sean Runnette ... Marty
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Storyline

Frank O'Brien, a petty thief, and his 7-year-long girlfriend Roz want to put an end to their unsteady lifestyle and just do that last job, which involves stealing a valuable painting. Frank takes Roz to an island on the coast of New England, where he wants to sell the painting and also hopes that their sagging relationship will get a positive push back up. Not everything goes as planned, as some thugs and the FBI try to recover the painting and Roz gets attracted not only to the landscape... Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

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A new comedy about love, laughter, and larceny

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two If by Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,656,986, 14 January 1996

Gross USA:

$10,658,278

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,658,278
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes from the The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) appear on the TV in the background when Frank and Roz are in the borrowed mansion. Yaphet Kotto, who plays FBI agent O'Mally in this movie, also appeared in The Thomas Crown Affair; and Denis Leary appeared in the remake, The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). See more »

Goofs

As O'Malley walks down the hallway of the house that's been robbed, a member of the camera crew brushes past a potted plant making the branches whip back toward the actors on screen. See more »

Quotes

[debate on how to rescue Beano from jail]
Quinn: I've had enough! Enough of *you*! I ask you not to smoke, you smoke. I ask you not to curse, you curse. I ask you not to *pass gas* and all day it's...
[farting noises]
Kelly: I got a gastro intest... . intestinal disease!
Fitzie: The question is... .. "What would Beano do?"
[they drive off in a hurry]
Kelly: He'd be thinking of his own ass and getting out as fast as he could, the selfish midget BASTARD!
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Connections

References Smokey and the Bandit (1977) See more »

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Haunted
Performed by Shane MacGowan & The Pogues with Sinéad O'Connor
Written by Shane MacGowan
Produced by Trevor Horn, Dave Jordan and Shane MacGowan
Shane MacGowan appears courtesy of ZZT/WARNER BORS. RECORDS INC.
By Arrangement with WARNER SPECIAL PRODUCTS
Sinéad O'Connor appears courtesy of CHRYSALIS RECORDS
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CHEER! - (7 stars out of 10)
23 April 2019 | by Front-Row-ReviewsSee all my reviews

The stage curtains open ...

Although "Two If By Sea" isn't one of Sandra Bullock's best films, it has a quiet and undeniable charm. It knows how to balance the plot with characterization and keeps you entertained. Frank (Leary) and Roz (Bullock) are two people you grow to care about and want to see the best outcome for. This is a great little film and well worth the watch.

The story starts right in the middle of things with no build up or foundation. Just two people - on the road - with a stolen valuable painting - police hot on their tail - on their way to a meeting with a buyer which equals payday for their efforts. They are also a couple, with their own history and share of problems and personality conflicts - and after 7 years of being together, things have finally come to a head. With the FBI, local police, a flattering neighbor, wise guys, and an obnoxious teenage kid all involved - you are taken down a sometimes comical path to a fun ending.

I saw this one once over 20 years ago, and I remember liking it. I've been in a retro mood lately, so I decided to pop it in and give it another view and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Probably more this time than the last. There is an honesty and carefree quality to both of these characters that is appealing. The ability to seemingly be in the moment with their fair share of pressure and concerns, and yet not take everything too seriously. In fact, it almost radiates a kind of innocence, even though he is a petty thief who she is trying to straighten out.

This one comes with a recommend. I was surprised how much I liked this movie, after all these years. It is a bit dated, but not too much. The chemistry between Leary and Bullock really works well here - almost like these two were made for each other. This is a fun diversion - a great way to spend 96 minutes.


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