Twins Win Parents in "It Takes Two'

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Twins Win Parents in "It Takes Two'


Byline: Jeff Tuckman

The following video titles arrive at local stores this week:

"It Takes Two"* *(1995, Warner, 101 minutes, Rated PG, $22.98)

The successful Olsen twins star in this contemporary mixture of "The Prince and the Pauper" and "The Parent Trap." The twins play Alyssa and Amanda, two girls as different as day and night.

Alyssa, the poor little rich girl, and Amanda, a tough-talking orphan, meet at summer camp across the lake from Alyssa's vacation home.

Roger, Alyssa's overworked businessman father (Steve Guttenberg), has shocked her with news of his engagement to a cold woman. Amanda wants to be adopted by her caseworker, Diane (Kirstie Alley), but the authorities won't allow it.

How to get Roger and Diane together? As the title says, it takes two. Alyssa and Amanda switch identities to accomplish this task.

Action

"Dead Presidents" * * * (1995, Hollywood Pictures, 120 minutes, Rated R-language, violence, no suggested retail)

The Vietnam War becomes the defining, devastating experience in the life of Anthony Curtis (Larenz Tate). He enlists in 1968 as a bright 18-year-old from the Bronx, with one foot in the regular world and one in the underworld.

Four years later, Curtis returns a changed man to a changed neighborhood that offers no glory and no parade. His girlfriend Juanita (Rose Jackson) has become enslaved by a pimp. His sister Delilah (N'bushie Wright) has evolved into an idealistic militant.

His closest friend has become a heroin addict. To support Juanita and their child born after he enlisted, Curtis takes a part-time job at a butcher store, but the business goes under.

Driven to desperation, he gathers his lifelong buddies and fellow Vietnam vets to pull off an armored car robbery to get the money (the "dead presidents") he needs to make a new start.

Drama

"Carrington" * * * (1995, Polygram, 122 minutes, Rated R-sexual situations, language, $96.99)

Set in 1915, this drama chronicles a most unlikely romance between impulsive artist Doris Carrington (Emma Thompson) and celebrated writer and confirmed homosexual Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce).

The two platonic kindred spirits retreat from London's fashionable salon set for the country, where they live together in a house that becomes home to a succession of their lovers.

In "Carrington," you will discover passion and tenderness, and, ultimately, a better understanding of the meaning of endless love.

Classic films

Two new films have been added to the "Bette Davis Collection."

"The Nanny" (1965, Fox, 93 minutes, $19.98)

Accused of drowning his little sister in the bathtub, 10-year-old Joey (William Dix) goes away to an institution for therapy even though he claims the nanny (Davis) did it. …

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