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     More Info About “Two Of Us”



     There was great public demand for a Beatles reunion during the 1970s. For example, in September 1976, American promoter Sid Bernstein, who had booked many of The Beatles historic American appearances in 1964 through 1966, published a full-page ad in the New York Times.  He publicly requested that the group reunite and offered millions of dollars. On April 24, 1976, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels parodied such offers with an on-air announcement that he would pay the Beatles $3000 if they would perform on his program together. He joked, "divide the money up any way you want. If you want to give less to Ringo, that's up to you."  John Lennon discussed the Saturday Night Live episode, as well as his relationship with McCartney, in a September 1980 interview for Playboy:

     “ Paul and I were together watching that show. He was visiting us at our place in the Dakota. We were watching it and almost went down to the studio, just as a gag. We nearly got into a cab, but we were actually too tired [...] That was a period when Paul just kept turning up at our door with a guitar. I would let him in, but finally I said to him, “Please call before you come over. It's not 1956 and turning up at the door isn't the same anymore. You know, just give me a ring.' He was upset by that, but I didn't mean it badly. I just meant that I was taking care of a baby all day and some guy turns up at the door. . . . But, anyway, back on that night, he and Linda walked in and he and I were just sitting there, watching the show, and we went, “Ha-ha, wouldn't it be funny if we went down there, but we didn’t.”

     Paul McCartney also remembered the event for an interview: "John said, “We should go down there. We should go down now and just do it.” It was one of those moments where we said, “Let's not and say we did."     

     The screenplay consists of a series of long conversations between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, (while their wives, as well as other Beatles, are referred to, they do not appear in the production). The discussions between Lennon and McCartney explore a number of issues including the breakup of The Beatles, and the difficulties that developed between them after Lennon married Yoko Ono.

     According to Michael Lindsay-Hogg, "Most of the film consists of

two men and four walls . . . you can't get more intimate than that."  Critic Kevin McDonough argues that, "In less talented hands, Two of Us, like any Beatles reenactment movie, could have been an awful exercise in bad wigs and Liverpool accents. Instead, Lindsay-Hogg and first-time screen writer Mark Stanfield have created a small masterpiece.








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