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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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Mr. Katz
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Madge
William Traylor ...
Thomas Hill ...
Barlow (as Tom Hill)
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Motorcycle Cop
Brian Farrell ...
Mortenson
Raleigh Bond ...
Insurance Salesman
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Man from Home Town
Albert Henderson ...
Art Beeman
Ken Magee ...
Scoutmaster
Eugene Peterson ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

El cartero llama dos veces  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,376,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,376,625
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1.85 : 1
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Meryl Streep rejected the part of Cora. See more »

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When Frank confronts Cora with the money after returning from the bus depot, he is standing in front of a clothesline where a sheet alternates between being tightly pinned and sagging between shots. See more »

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Cora: He wants to have a baby... How'm I gonna do that, Frank?
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Referenced in Chicken Park (1994) See more »

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Average remake
12 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Average remake drama movie that was almost good but ruined by a very weak ending.The acting was good and so was the story.That last 5 minutes was what ruined it.Those last few minutes did not evoke enough climactic power to justify the suspence leading up to it.Too bad,because Nicholson and Lange did great portraying their characters.The portrayal of Greeks here in a semi-ugly light was also condescending to the more intellectual viewer.The overall production was also average as well.Only for big fans of sex/crime dramas and fans of the lead actors.....


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