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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 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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This movie is arguably the first of the 1980s erotic adult thrillers. The picture was soon followed about six months later by Body Heat (1981), like this film, another remake of a film noir, then Fatal Attraction (1987) and Basic Instinct (1992). I would also add in "The Grifters" done in 1991 See more »

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When the car goes down the hill the first time, the passenger door comes open and a person can be seen exiting the car through it (1:03:48). See more »

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Cora: He wants to have a baby... How'm I gonna do that, Frank?
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She's tired of what's right and what's wrong...
27 April 2006 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Immensely watchable, this remake of the 1940s classic is sexed up by writer David Mamet and director Bob Rafelson. Jack Nicholson is a drifter who ingratiates himself into the lives of roadside diner/gas station owner John Colicos and his impossibly sexy wife Jessica Lange. Soon Lange and Nicholson are having sex EVERYWHERE...and plotting to bump off Colicos. Aided by great cinematography by Sven Nykvist and very evocative production design by George Jenkins, Rafelson manages to capture James M. Cain's ironic novel and all it's sordidness. Nicholson is terrific but Lange gives a career making performance...this is the movie that put her on the map after the KING KONG debacle. There are times when she acts Nicholson off the screen. Colicos is fine, if a bit old for his role and Michael Lerner is in it too. Anjelica Huston has a really odd cameo as a lion tamer!


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