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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:

James M. Cain (novel), David Mamet (screenplay)
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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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You Will Feel The Heat. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

20 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cartero llama dos veces See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,376,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,376,625
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Irish film censorship in the early 1980s was known for its strict application of censorship of screen sex (as depicted in this film) and its strict defense of family values. This film set a major precedent, as it was passed uncut by the Irish film censor for theatrical release in Ireland in 1981. See more »

Goofs

When Frank and Cora attempt to leave for Chicago, a portion of a modern skyscraper is clearly visible at the top of the frame as they cross the street. 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 »

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Version of Jerichow (2008) See more »

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A good movie with great interpretations
5 March 2015 | by ruimslSee 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.


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