Twice in a Lifetime (1985)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Marriage Drama  |   Run Time - 117 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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On the occasion of his 50th birthday, blue-collar family man Gene Hackman is possessed by our old friend, The Mid-Life Crisis. Visiting a local tavern, Hackman becomes enchanted by gorgeous barmaid Ann-Margret. In less time than it takes to down his beer, he has resolved to leave his wife Ellen Burstyn, and his daughters Ally Sheedy and Amy Madigan, in favor of a fresh start with his sexy new "conquest." The film deals not so much with Hackman's impulsive decision as with the genuine pain he leaves in his wake. Madigan's vituperative lash-out at her father is one of many heartbreaking moments of truth in this refreshingly cliché-free domestic drama. The perceptive screenplay for Twice in a Lifetime was written by Colin Welland; the film's theme music was composed by Paul McCartney.

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extramarital-affair, husband, mid-life-crisis, family-abandonment, slice-of-life, daughter, love-triangle, wife, love, May-December-romance, romance

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