6.6/10
16,713
48 user 34 critic

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

Trailer
2:43 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband. Once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A professional hit man and hit woman fall in love.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner, Robert Loggia
The Border (1982)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A corrupted border agent decides to clean up his act when an impoverished woman's baby is put up for sale on the black market.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Valerie Perrine
Wolf (1994)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader
The Two Jakes (1990)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The sequel to Chinatown (1974) finds Jake Gittes investigating adultery and murder... and the money that comes from oil.

Director: Jack Nicholson
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Meg Tilly
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon
Hoffa (1992)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of the notorious American labor union figure, Jimmy Hoffa.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Armand Assante
Reds (1981)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty
Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann
Goin' South (1978)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Henry Moon is captured for a capital offense by a posse when his horse quits while trying to escape to Mexico. He finds that there is a post-Civil War law in the small town that any single ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Nicholson
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Mary Steenburgen, Christopher Lloyd
Ironweed (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, NY after returning there for the first time in decades.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Follows hard-to-please Aurora looking for love and her daughter's family problems.

Director: James L. Brooks
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
William Traylor ...
Thomas Hill ...
Barlow (as Tom Hill)
...
Motorcycle Cop
Brian Farrell ...
Mortenson
Raleigh Bond ...
Insurance Salesman
William Newman ...
Man from Home Town
Albert Henderson ...
Art Beeman
Ken Magee ...
Scoutmaster
Eugene Peterson ...
Doctor
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

20 March 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cartero llama dos veces  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

David Mamet's first screenplay. 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 »

Quotes

Cora: He wants to have a baby... How'm I gonna do that, Frank?
See more »

Connections

Version of Le dernier tournant (1939) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A good movie with great interpretations
5 March 2015 | by (Barreiro, Portugal) – See all my reviews

The story of a drifter working on a by the road dinner, and the owner's wife, disenchanted with her marriage sets upon herself to seduce the drifter in the hopes of a more satisfying relationship.

This is the base of the script, in which Jessica Lange and Jack Nicholson shine in their performances bringing different dimensions to their characters and, in true, bringing them to life.

Frank Chambers (Jack Nicholson) is a bored drifter, with some jail time under his belt not looking for anything in particular. He gets enchanted by Cora (Jessica Lange) and ends up doing everything for them to be together.

I think Jack Nicholson is an outstanding performer and it shows here some glimpses of what he will put in The Shining later on.

I also particularly liked John P. Ryan in the small supporting role of Kennedy where we can see in him the double-stabbing typical that he will show in later roles.

All in all it is a good movie, but I don't consider it as being erotic. Maybe for 1980's standards, but even so I doubt it.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Intense sexual scene between Jack and Jessica! elizalisa
exactly, what's the title about? Leopold-4
The ending Lucky_C
Question - Insurance policy runman4
Does anyone know where this film was shot? Londondreamin04
femme fatale jennyt299
Discuss The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?