2 Days in the Valley (1996)

2 Days in the Valley (1996) - Charlize Theron

Taglines: Over the next 2 days, ten people will find out what they have in common… besides murder.

Two hitmen, Lee Woods and Dosmo Pizzo, walk into a bedroom where a sleeping couple, aspiring Olympic athlete Becky Foxx and her ex-husband Roy Foxx, are in bed. Lee injects Becky with a tranquilizer then shoots Roy in the head. Lee and Dosmo then drive to an abandoned area of Mulholland Drive, where Lee shoots Dosmo and blows up the car in order to set Dosmo up as the fall guy for the murder. Lee flees the scene with his girlfriend Helga.

Dosmo was wearing a bulletproof vest and survived the shooting and car explosion. He seeks shelter at the mansion of wealthy art dealer Allan Hopper, where he takes Hopper and his assistant, Susan Parish, hostage. Dosmo is unaware that Hopper has called his sister, Audrey Hopper, a nurse, to come to the house. On her way, Audrey picks up Teddy Peppers, a down-and-out TV producer contemplating suicide.

2 Days in the Valley (1996) - Charlize Theron

Meanwhile, Becky awakens and discovers Roy’s body in bed beside her. She runs from her house and flags down two detectives, young, ambitious Wes Taylor and cynical veteran Alvin Strayer, who are driving by. Although he is sympathetic, Wes begins to suspect that Becky knows more than she is saying.

Becky, who had hired Lee and Dosmo to kill Roy for $30,000, was unaware that they would kill Roy in her own house. Lee goes back to the house to get the money, encounters homicide detectives Creigton and Valenzuela working the crime scene, and kills them both. Wes decides to return to the crime scene to see if he can offer any insight on the case. Masquerading as one of the detectives, Lee lures Wes outside, intending to kill him.

Becky and Helga get into an argument which escalates into a fight. Becky shoots Helga in a confused scuffle and escapes. Helga finds her way to Becky’s house, where Lee has knocked Wes unconscious. Lee reluctantly decides to kill Helga instead of taking her to the hospital, concluding that her wound is too severe to be treated, but his gun jams. He turns to retrieve Wes’s gun but finds that Helga has escaped and has flagged down a passing car containing Dosmo and his hostages. Susan jumps out of the car and tries to help the dying Helga, but Helga dies on the roadside.

2 Days in the Valley is a 1996 American black comedy crime film written, directed by John Herzfeld and starring James Spader, Danny Aiello, Charlize Theron, Glenne Headly, Greg Cruttwell, Jeff Daniels, Teri Hatcher, Marsha Mason, Paul Mazursky, Eric Stoltz. The film revolves around 48 hours in the lives of a group of people who are drawn together by a murder.

2 Days in the Valley Movie Poster (1996)

2 Days in the Valley (1996)

Directed by: John Herzfeld
Starring: James Spader, Danny Aiello, Charlize Theron, Glenne Headly, Greg Cruttwell, Jeff Daniels, Teri Hatcher, Marsha Mason, Paul Mazursky, Eric Stoltz
Screenplay by: John Herzfeld
Production Design by: Catherine Hardwicke
Cinematography by: Oliver Wood
Film Editing by: Jim Miller, Wayne Wahrman
Costume Design by: Betsy Heimann
Set Decoration by: Gene Serdena
Art Direction by: Kevin Constant
Music by: Anthony Marinelli
MPAA Rating: R for violence, sexuality, and language.
Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release Date: September 27, 1996