Two against Time

Two against Time

David Anspaugh (2001)

PG Certificate


Our Score
It's a cheap jibe to dismiss TV movies as "disease of the week" fodder. Unfortunately, this drama from director David Anspaugh ticks all the boxes. It's based on a true story and not only has two people battling against cancer, but, to make matters all the more lachrymose, they're a single mother and her rebellious teenage daughter. This might have been passable had Marlo Thomas and Ellen Muth been left to sort out their differences on the road to recovery. But the inclusion of Joe Penny, as Thomas's philosophy-spouting lobster fisherman boyfriend, tips this into trite tabloid drivel.


A mother vows to do whatever it takes to bring her children up to be as strong as herself. However, she faces the biggest challenge of her life when both she and her rebellious teenage daughter are told they have cancer. As they battle against the disease, the pair draw closer, gaining strength from one another. Fact-based drama, starring Marlo Thomas, Ellen Muth and Peter Friedman. Includes Sony Movie News at 9.55am.

Cast & Crew

Julie Portman Marlo Thomas
Emma Portman Ellen Muth
Robert Portman Peter Friedman
Connie Matthews Karen Robinson
Michael Portman Troy Hall
George Joe Penny
Eddie Drew Nelson
Tommy Dan Petronijevic
Director David Anspaugh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: video