Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)

107 mins | Melodrama | 1962

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HISTORY

Locations filmed in Rome. Scenes from The Bad and the Beautiful (M-G-M, 1952) are included. The film acknowledges the cooperation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and ... More Less

Locations filmed in Rome. Scenes from The Bad and the Beautiful (M-G-M, 1952) are included. The film acknowledges the cooperation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Miss Charisse's ward
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Two Weeks in Another Town by Irwin Shaw (New York, 1960).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 17 August 1962
Copyright Claimant:
John Houseman Productions
Copyright Date:
22 August 1962
Copyright Number:
LP22805
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Metrocolor
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
107
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jack Andrus, a onetime Hollywood star whose sudden fall from stardom has led to alcoholism, divorce, a near-fatal automobile accident, and a nervous breakdown, spends 3 years in a New England sanitarium. Finally his doctors permit him to accept a small comeback role in a costume spectacle being directed by Maurice Kruger at Rome's Cinecitta Studios. Years before, Kruger had been the man responsible for Andrus' great success, but he too is now a Hollywood has-been, desperately trying to regain his lost reputation. Andrus arrives in Rome and learns that the part is no longer available, and, finding that the production is in serious trouble, reluctantly agrees to supervise the dubbing of the picture. In the evenings he soothes his wounded ego by relaxing in the company of an Italian woman named Veronica, who, unknown to Andrus, is in love with Kruger's young leading man, the rebellious Davie Drew. One night, following a fight with his shrewish wife Clara, Kruger suffers a heart attack and is hospitalized. Andrus offers to finish the film and, by working night and day, completes it ahead of schedule and under the budget. Simultaneously, he helps Davie sort out his confused life. Kruger, bitterly aware of his own failure, attacks Andrus and publicly accuses him of trying to steal the picture. Stricken, Andrus turns to his ex-wife, Carlotta, and goes on an orgiastic binge. Their night ends with a wild car ride that shocks Andrus into the realization that he cannot place his fate in the hands of others. Now strong and independent, he says goodby to Veronica and Davie and boards a plane for ... +


Jack Andrus, a onetime Hollywood star whose sudden fall from stardom has led to alcoholism, divorce, a near-fatal automobile accident, and a nervous breakdown, spends 3 years in a New England sanitarium. Finally his doctors permit him to accept a small comeback role in a costume spectacle being directed by Maurice Kruger at Rome's Cinecitta Studios. Years before, Kruger had been the man responsible for Andrus' great success, but he too is now a Hollywood has-been, desperately trying to regain his lost reputation. Andrus arrives in Rome and learns that the part is no longer available, and, finding that the production is in serious trouble, reluctantly agrees to supervise the dubbing of the picture. In the evenings he soothes his wounded ego by relaxing in the company of an Italian woman named Veronica, who, unknown to Andrus, is in love with Kruger's young leading man, the rebellious Davie Drew. One night, following a fight with his shrewish wife Clara, Kruger suffers a heart attack and is hospitalized. Andrus offers to finish the film and, by working night and day, completes it ahead of schedule and under the budget. Simultaneously, he helps Davie sort out his confused life. Kruger, bitterly aware of his own failure, attacks Andrus and publicly accuses him of trying to steal the picture. Stricken, Andrus turns to his ex-wife, Carlotta, and goes on an orgiastic binge. Their night ends with a wild car ride that shocks Andrus into the realization that he cannot place his fate in the hands of others. Now strong and independent, he says goodby to Veronica and Davie and boards a plane for Hollywood. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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