GenreDrama, Comedy, Romance LanguagesEnglish, French WriterFrederic Raphael LanguageEnglish
Release date20 September 1967 (1967-09-20) CastAudrey Hepburn (Joanna Wallace), Albert Finney (Mark Wallace), Georges Descrières (David), Claude Dauphin (Maurice Dalbret), Nadia Gray (Françoise Dalbret), Jacqueline Bisset (Jackie) Similar moviesZandalee, Interstellar, Jamon Jamon, The Oh in Ohio, Hemingway & Gellhorn, Lymelife
TaglineThey make something wonderful out of being alive!
Two for the road 1967 trailer
Two for the Road is a 1967 British comedy drama De Luxe color film in Panavision directed by Stanley Donen and starring Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn. Written by Frederic Raphael, the film is about a husband and wife who examine their twelve-year relationship while on a road trip to Southern France. The film was considered somewhat experimental for its time because the story is told in a non-linear fashion, with scenes from the latter stages of the relationship juxtaposed with those from its beginning, often leaving the viewer to interpolate what has intervened, which is sometimes revealed in later scenes. Several locations are used in different segments to show continuity throughout the twelve-year period.
Frederic Raphael received an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Audrey Hepburn received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress, and Henry Mancini received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score. The film's theme song, "Two for the Road", was composed by Mancini, who wrote many notable theme songs for films, including "Moon River" for Breakfast at Tiffany's. He considered "Two for the Road" his favorite of all the songs he wrote. Cars featured in the film, being driven by the couple or ridden in by them, include a white Mercedes-Benz 230SL roadster, an MG TD, a Triumph Herald, a VW Microbus, and a Ford Country Squire. In one scene of this movie, Audrey Hepburn appears dressed in a shiny black PVC trouser suit designed by Paco Rabanne. The film was ranked #57 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Passions list.
Two for the road audrey hepburn and albert finney
Now a successful and wealthy architect, Mark Wallace (Albert Finney) and his wife Joanna (Jo) Wallace (Audrey Hepburn) fly their white 1965 Mercedes 230SL roadster to Northern France in order to drive to Saint-Tropez to celebrate the completion of a building project for a client, Maurice. Tensions between the couple are evident, and as they journey south they both remember and discuss several past journeys along the same road.
The earliest memory is their first meeting on a ferry crossing in 1954, when Mark was travelling alone and Joanna was part of a girls' choir. They meet again when Joanna's choir bus goes off the road and Mark helps get them back on the road. When the other girls get chickenpox, Joanna and Mark unexpectedly wind up hitchhiking south together.
The next story involves the two newlyweds travelling with Mark's ex-girlfriend Cathy Manchester (Eleanor Bron), her husband (William Daniels) and daughter Ruth 'Ruthie' (Gabrielle Middleton) from the USA. Ruthie is not given any limits, and her behaviour frustrates Mark and Jo. Eventually Ruthie reveals the unkind descriptions of Joanna her parents have made in private. At this point Mark and Joanna decide to travel alone.
One scene depicts Mark and Joanna dining in a restaurant during a particularly strained period in their marriage. They are not speaking at all. Joanna looks around the restaurant and asks Mark, "What kind of people can sit there without a word to say to each other?" Mark replies, quite sullenly, "Married people!"
Next the pair are seen driving an MG which begins to have exhaust troubles, finally catching on fire. On this journey Joanna announces that she is pregnant. They also meet the wealthy Maurice Dalbret (Claude Dauphin) and his wife Françoise (Nadia Gray). Maurice becomes a generous but demanding client for Mark.
The next story shows them travelling with their young daughter Caroline (Kathy Chelimsky).
In another episode, Mark is travelling alone and has a fling with another motorist. The fling is shown to be fleeting and unserious in nature. Later, Joanna has an affair with Françoise's brother David (Georges Descrières), which is portrayed as much more serious than Mark's and threatens to end the marriage. However, while Joanna dines with David, they witness a couple eating together without saying a word. David asks offhandedly, "What kind of people can sit there without a word to say to each other?" Joanna replies excitedly, "Married people!" and, realizing she misses Mark despite their faded passion, runs back to him.
At the end of the film, the Wallaces manage to end their long-term relationship to Maurice and find a new client in Rome. They honestly analyze the fears and insecurities which have plagued them throughout the film. Finally, they cross the border from France into Italy. This is new ground for them as well as for the audience, signalling a move beyond the old issues into a more mature future.
Audrey Hepburn as Joanna 'Jo' Wallace
Albert Finney as Mark 'Marcus' Wallace
Eleanor Bron as Cathy Maxwell-Manchester born Seligman
William Daniels as Howard 'Howie' Maxwell-Manchester
Gabrielle Middleton as Ruth 'Ruthie' Maxwell-Manchester
Claude Dauphin as Maurice Dalbret
Nadia Gray as Françoise Dalbret
Georges Descrières as David
Jacqueline Bisset as Jackie
Judy Cornwell as Pat
Irène Hilda as Yvonne de Florac
Leo Penn as Morrie Goetz
Dominique Joos as Sylvia Obino
Olga Georges-Picot as Joanna's Touring Friend
Beauvallon, Drôme, France
Cap Valéry, France
Château de Chantilly, Chantilly, Oise, France
French Riviera, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Grimaud, Var, France
La Colle-sur-Loup, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Port de Nice, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France (ferry disembarkment sequence)
Ramatuelle, Var, France (Dalbret villa scenes)
Restaurant Leï Mouscardins, Rue Portalet, Saint-Tropez, Var, France
Saint-Tropez, Var, France
Studios de la Victorine, 16 avenue Edoard Grinda, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France (studio)
Étangs de Commelles, Coye-la-Forêt, Oise, France
Two for the Road has received mostly positive reviews from critics. It currently holds an 83% "Fresh" rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, with an average of 7.2 out of 10.
Awards and nominations
1968 Academy Award Nomination for Best Writing (Frederic Raphael)
1968 BAFTA Film Award Nomination for Best British Screenplay (Frederic Raphael)
1968 Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) Won
1968 Directors Guild of America Award Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement (Stanley Donen)
1968 Golden Globe Award Nomination for Best Motion Picture Actress (Audrey Hepburn)
1968 Golden Globe Award Nomination for Best Original Score (Henry Mancini)
1967 San Sebastián International Film Festival Golden Seashell (Stanley Donen) Won
1967 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Merit Scroll for Best British Comedy Screenplay (Frederic Raphael) Won
1967 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Merit Scroll for Best British Original Screenplay (Frederic Raphael) Won
The film was parodied in a 2008 episode of The Simpsons entitled "Dangerous Curves", with Marge and Homer as Hepburn and Finney, Ned and Maude Flanders portraying the characters played by Daniels and Bron.