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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

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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.

Director:

Bob Rafelson

Writers:

David Mamet (screenplay by), James M. Cain (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Frank Chambers
Jessica Lange ... Cora Papadakis
John Colicos ... Nick Papadakis
Michael Lerner ... Mr. Katz
John P. Ryan ... Kennedy
Anjelica Huston ... Madge
William Traylor William Traylor ... Sackett
Thomas Hill ... Barlow (as Tom Hill)
Jon Van Ness ... Motorcycle Cop
Brian Farrell Brian Farrell ... Mortenson
Raleigh Bond Raleigh Bond ... Insurance Salesman
William Newman ... Man from Home Town
Albert Henderson Albert Henderson ... Art Beeman
Ken Magee Ken Magee ... Scoutmaster
Eugene Peterson Eugene Peterson ... Doctor
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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>

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If there was an Eleventh Commandment, they would have broken that too. See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Film producer Gerald R. Molen worked on this film as a Unit Production Manager. Ironically, considering its subject matter and the intention of director Bob Rafelson to get an X rating for the film, Molen claims to be a conservative Christian. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sackett: Spit on the sidewalk and you'll die in jail!
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 30 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sidekicks: The Patusani Always Rings Twice (1987) See more »

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an original remake
30 September 2005 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A remake of the 1946 film, this version features Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange, with a momentous white hot chemistry that can't possibly sustain itself but affords a memorable scene in the restaurant kitchen about ten minutes into the film which leads to the eventual plot to do in her older Greek husband. A story wherein neither would have the nerve to do such a thing alone, but together they make a job of it on one of the darkest nights and darkest rural roads ever. The trial for the murder features another couple of great performances by Michael Lerner as the resourceful to a fault defense attorney (if you were on trial for your life, you'd want this guy for a lawyer), and his investigator who becomes a menacing presence later in the film, played by John P Ryan. Very nicely photographed in color, it's set in the coastal hills and valleys north of LA, dotted with live oaks and capturing the rich earthy tones of the late afternoon golden hued hillsides that nicely contrast with the desperate story of the two lovers.


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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

20 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Postman Always Rings Twice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,376,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,376,625
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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