Twice in a Lifetime (film)

Twice in a Lifetime

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Bud Yorkin
Produced by David Salven
Bud Yorkin
Screenplay by Colin Welland
Music by Pat Metheny
Cinematography Nick McLean
Edited by Robert C. Jones
Distributed by Tandem Productions
Release dates
  • 23 October 1985 (1985-10-23)
Running time
111 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language English
Budget N/A
Box office $8,402,424[1]

Twice in a Lifetime is a 1985 film starring Gene Hackman and directed by Bud Yorkin. The plot involves a steelworker and married man going through a mid-life crisis when he finds himself attracted to another woman, played by Ann-Margret.

Paul McCartney composed the theme song to the film, heard over the end credits.


Harry Mackenzie works in a factory by day and comes home to comfortable marriage at night, but it lacks excitement and passion. For his 50th birthday, his wife Kate blithely tells him to just go to his favorite corner tavern and have a good time.

An attractive barmaid, Audrey Minelli, captures his interest. Harry falls for her and, before long, shocks Kate by requesting a divorce. This horrifies their daughters, particularly Sunny, who is having a difficult marriage of her own, and Helen, who is about to be wed.

Kate goes through a difficult period of adjustment. She eventually lands a job in a beauty salon, changes her appearance and tries to adopt a new outlook on life. But by the time Harry brings Audrey to his daughter Helen's wedding, old wounds open up that continue to keep the family members apart.



Hackman received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama. Amy Madigan received nominations from both the Golden Globes and the Oscars for best supporting actress.

Year Award Category/Recipient(s) Result Reference
1986 58th Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress (Amy Madigan) Nominated
43rd Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama (Gene Hackman) Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture (Amy Madigan) Nominated


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