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Double Indemnity (1973)

A scheming wife lures an insurance investigator into helping murder her husband and then declare it an accident. The investigator's boss, not knowing his man is involved in it, suspects murder and sets out to prove it.

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A scheming wife lures an insurance investigator into helping murder her husband and then declare it an accident. The investigator's boss, not knowing he's involved in it, suspects murder and sets out to solve it. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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"A murder's never perfect. It always comes apart sooner or later. And when two people are involved it's usually sooner..."


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Billy Wilder (the co-writer and director of the original version, Double Indemnity (1944)) and Barbara Stanwyck (who played Phyllis in the original version) both saw the film in their respective homes when it broadcast. When it was over, Wilder immediately phoned Stanwyck, said, "Missy, they just didn't get it right," and hung up. See more »

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unnecessary remake
23 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Insurance salesman Walter Neff (Richard Crenna) is hurt and returns to his office to record a confession. The movie recounts his story. His boss at Pacific Casualty, Barton Keyes (Lee J. Cobb), is an expert at uncovering fraud. Walter does a home visit to Dietrichson. He's not home but his alluring wife Phyllis (Samantha Eggar) is there to meet him. She suggests buying accident insurance for her husband without telling him. Walter accuses her of planning to kill her husband. She tracks Walter to his home and he helps plan the perfect scheme. He secretly sells her husband an accident insurance policy and insists on killing him on a train to collect the double indemnity of $400k.

This is an unnecessary remake and not a good one. There is no particular style other than 70's TV. It is bare bones. Richard Crenna is a little old and not enough. Samantha Eggar is a beautiful woman but her clothing does not accentuates her femme fatale. Everything is somewhat bland which questions the purpose of this remake. On the other hand, Lee J. Cobb is great but it's not enough.


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