Taglines: A match re-made in Heaven.
God throws his hands up at the foolishness of humanity and orders the race destroyed. A trio of bleeding-heart angels strike a deal with him: if they can find just two good souls, the Lord will allow Earth to survive. Unfortunately, the angels have staked the future of the species on a thieving bank teller and an inventor/con-artist!
Two of a Kind is a 1983 American romantic fantasy comedy film directed by John Herzfeld starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Charles Durning, Oliver Reed, Beatrice Straight, Scatman Crothers and Richard Bright. The original musical score was composed by Patrick Williams.
John Travolta plays a cash strapped inventor while Newton-John plays the bank teller whom he attempts to rob. These two unlikely individuals must come to show compassion for one another in order to delay God’s judgment upon the Earth. This is John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s second film together after 1978’s Grease, which was a success. Two of a Kind was unsuccessful both critically and commercially, but did yield three popular singles for Newton-John and a platinum rating for the soundtrack.
About the Story
Four angels — Charlie (Charles Durning), Earl (Scatman Crothers), Gonzales (Castulo Guerra), and Ruth (Beatrice Straight) — have been in charge of Heaven for the last 25 years. They are playing a golf match in Heaven when their game is interrupted by God, who has returned to the office and does not like what he sees down on Earth. God wants to order up another flood and start all over again (despite his promise in the rainbow that he never would again), but the four angels persuade him to reconsider, reasoning that, if a typical Earth man can reform, it would prove that all mankind is capable of it.
God agrees to the scheme, and the typical Earth man selected by the angels is Zack Melon (John Travolta) — a failed inventor who, threatened by loan sharks, decides to hold up a bank. Zack points his gun at bank teller Debbie Wylder (Olivia Newton-John), who ostensibly gives him all the money. But, when Zack peers into the sack after the robbery, he sees that Debbie has substituted bank deposit slips for the cash and has kept the money for herself. Zack tracks her down to reclaim his stolen money. While dodging the loan sharks and the evil interventions of the Devil (Oliver Reed), the two come to develop a relationship, which is put to the test when the two are threatened by a masked thug.
Two of a Kind (1983)
Directed by: John Herzfeld
Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Charles Durning, Oliver Reed, Beatrice Straight, Scatman Crothers, Richard Bright
Screenplay by: John Herzfeld
Production Design by: Albert Brenner
Cinematography by: Fred J. Koenekamp
Film Editing by: Jack Hofstra
Costume Design by: Tom Bronson
Set Decoration by: Marvin March
Art Direction by: Spencer Deverell
Music by: Patrick Williams
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 16, 1983