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


Certificate:

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Trivia

Lindsay Crouse screentested for Cora. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Katz pencil moved from the left side to the right side of his pocket when he and Chambers talked in the basement of the courthouse. 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 Puttin' on the Show: The Making of 'Starstruck' (2004) See more »

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Average remake
12 August 2002 | by kenandrafSee 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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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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