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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  20 March 1981 (USA)
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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 cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain. Written by Craig Clarke <clarkec@topaz.cqu.edu.au>

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drifter | murder | lunch wagon | cafe | remake | See more »

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In the heat of passion two things can happen. The second is murder. See more »


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Also Known As:

El cartero siempre llama dos veces  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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SEK 3,841,156 (Sweden)
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With pleasant performances, but a bit uneven
13 December 2013 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

I have not seen the "original" from 1946 but anyway - I am not into black-and-white movies, with the exception of those with Chaplin and Lloyd perhaps. Thus, I decided to watch the one in question, besides, Jack Nicholson (as Frank Chambers) and Jessica Lange (as Cora Smith/Papadakis) are much more known and admired by me than John Garfield and Lana Turner... Their performances were really good (although not among their best), they had sizzling mutual chemistry, but it seems that the topic/script has become timeworn, seen at present as a rather trivial crime thriller, as the main theme - lovers trying to get rid of (rich) husband - has been exploited a lot. The plot does not run smoothly and the inclusion of e.g. Anjelica Huston as Madge Gorland did not provide any additional value; on the other hand, bigger inclusion of past history of the protagonists could have been interesting. The ending was also too abrupt and when the end credits appeared, one could feel confusion about the meaning of the title.


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