Two If by Sea

Two If by Sea (also known in the United Kingdom as Stolen Hearts) is a 1996 American romantic comedy film directed by Bill Bennett, and starring Sandra Bullock and Denis Leary. The screenplay, written by Leary and Mike Armstrong, is based on a story by Leary, Armstrong, and Ann Lembeck.

Two If by Sea
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBill Bennett
Produced byJames G. Robinson
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Mike Armstrong
  • Denis Leary
  • Ann Lembeck
Music by
CinematographyAndrew Lesnie
Edited byBruce Green
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • January 12, 1996 (1996-01-12)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$10.7 million[2]


Petty thief Frank O'Brien steals a $4 million masterpiece painting. His cashier girlfriend of seven years, Roz, befriends the potential buyer of the painting, Evan Marsh, on an island. After being captured by FBI Agent O'Malley at the fish factory, she discovers Marsh is actually an art thief.



The film was shot in locales including Chester, Lunenburg, Mahone Bay, and Riverport, Nova Scotia.


Box officeEdit

Two If by Sea opened theatrically on January 12, 1996 in 1,712 venues, earning $4,656,986 in the domestic box office, ranking tenth for its opening weekend.[3] At the end of its run, the film grossed $10,658,278.[2]

The film was Sandra Bullock's worst wide opening up until 2015, when Our Brand Is Crisis released in October, earning $3,238,433 in its first weekend.[4] Two If by Sea is Bullock's ninth-lowest-grossing film in her career.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

The film received negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reports an 11% rating, based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 3.8/10.[6]


  1. ^ "STOLEN HEARTS (15)". British Board of Film Classification. February 13, 1996. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Two If by Sea (1996)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  3. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for January 12-14, 1996". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. January 15, 1996. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Star-Driven Casualties 'Our Brand Is Crisis' & 'Burnt' At The B.O.: What The Hell Happened?". Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "Sandra Bullock Movie Box Office Results - Ordered by Lifetime Gross". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Two if by Sea (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 15, 2015.

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