2 Days in the Valley
2 Days in the Valley is a 1996 film, directed by John Herzfeld
John Herzfeld
John Herzfeld is an American motion picture and television director, screenwriter, actor and producer. His feature film directing credits include Two of a Kind , 2 Days in the Valley , 15 Minutes and The Death and Life of Bobby Z...

. The film revolves around the events over 48 hours in the lives of a group of people who are drawn together by a murder
Murder is the unlawful killing, with malice aforethought, of another human being, and generally this state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide...

. Several parallel storylines
Narrative thread
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 overlap one another in the film.


The introductory storyline involves hitmen Lee Woods and Dosmo Pizzo. The two kill Roy Foxx while he lies in bed after they inject Roy's ex-wife, Becky, with a tranquilizer. The day afterward, Woods turns on Pizzo, shooting him and blowing up their car in order to set him up as the fall guy. Woods flees the scene with his Norwegian
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 girlfriend Helga.

Dosmo survives, seeking shelter at the house of Allan Hopper, an abrasive art dealer who suffers from kidney stones. He takes Hopper and his much abused assistant, Susan Parish, hostage. He is completely unaware of the fact that Hopper has called his older sister, Audrey, over to the house for medical help. On the way over to her brother's house, Audrey, a nurse, picks up Teddy Peppers, a down and out TV producer contemplating suicide.

Meanwhile, Becky awakens in horror when she discovers Roy's body in bed beside her. She runs from her house and flags down two vice detectives who happen to be driving through. Although he initially feels sympathetic, Wes Taylor begins to feel suspicious, wondering if Becky knows more than she is telling. Later it is revealed that Becky hired Lee and Dosmo to kill Roy for $30,000. Becky, who was unaware that Lee planned to kill Roy in her own house, stashed the payment in her house. The divergent paths of the characters cross, with deadly consequences, after Lee decides to go back to the house to get the money.


  • Danny Aiello
    Danny Aiello
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     as Dosmo Pizzo
  • Greg Cruttwell
    Greg Cruttwell
    Greg Cruttwell is an English actor, screenwriter, director, and film producer. He is the son of actress Geraldine McEwan and Hugh Cruttwell, former principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art....

     as Allan Hopper
  • Jeff Daniels
    Jeff Daniels
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     as Alvin Strayer
  • Teri Hatcher
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     as Becky Foxx
  • Glenne Headly
    Glenne Headly
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     as Susan Parish
  • Peter Horton
    Peter Horton
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     as Roy Foxx
  • Marsha Mason
    Marsha Mason
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     as Audrey Hopper
  • Paul Mazursky
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     as Teddy Peppers
  • James Spader
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     as Lee Woods
  • Eric Stoltz
    Eric Stoltz
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     as Wes Taylor
  • Charlize Theron
    Charlize Theron
    Charlize Theron is a South African actress, film producer and former fashion model.She rose to fame in the late 1990s following her roles in 2 Days in the Valley, Mighty Joe Young, The Devil's Advocate and The Cider House Rules...

     as Helga Svelgen
  • Keith Carradine
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     as Detective Creighton
  • Louise Fletcher
    Louise Fletcher
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     as Evelyn
  • Austin Pendleton
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     as Ralph Crupi
  • Kathleen Luong
    Kathleen Luong
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     as Midori


The film was given mixed-to-positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes
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 maintains 2 Days in the Valley with a 62% "fresh" rating. Teri Hatcher's performance in the film earned her a Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actress (also for Heaven's Prisoners
Heaven's Prisoners
Heaven's Prisoners is a 1996 feature film drama starring Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Mary Stuart Masterson, Teri Hatcher and Eric Roberts. It is based on a Dave Robicheaux novel of the same name by James Lee Burke. The film was directed by Phil Joanou...

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