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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

The sensuous wife of a lunch wagon proprietor and a rootless drifter begin a sordidly steamy affair and conspire to murder her Greek husband.

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This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside café owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Written by Craig Clarke <clarkec@topaz.cqu.edu.au>

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20 March 1981 (USA)  »

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El cartero llama dos veces  »

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Irish film censorship in the early 80s was known for its strict application of censorship of screen sex (as depicted in this film) and it's strict defence of family values. This film set a major precedent as it was passed uncut by the Irish film censor for theatre release in Ireland in 1981. See more »

Goofs

In the ending scene, as Frank is caressing Cora's hand, Franks left foot is in between the rock and the hat, and Cora's hand is about a foot away from both. In the next shot, her hand, the rock, and the hat are right next to each other and Franks foot is gone. See more »

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Cora: [disgusted, after seeing Frank drink milk directly from the bottle] Will you use a glass? What are you, an animal?
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Version of Le dernier tournant (1939) See more »

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You're scum, Frank! I knew that when I met you... You'll never change.
11 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frank (Jack Nicholson) is a Depression-era (regular gas was 16 cents a gallon; ethyl 18 cents) drifter, a thief, and a con man. Cora (Jessica Lange) is the bored and sensuous cook in a tavern run by her older Greek husband, Nick (John Colicos).

The first time Nick goes to town, Frank & Cora end up on the kitchen table in mad, savage, animalistic lovemaking. They try to run away together, but come back to kill her husband.

When they failed the first time, they staged a wreck. Cora got so excited she spread her legs right there on the ground near her supposedly dead husband.

The film is full of passion and excitement. Things change rapidly, and you are always guessing. Anjelica Huston even pops in as a weekend fling for Frank.

The ending was a surprise, but it fit perfectly.


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