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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

Thriller | 122 minutes
3,18 298 votes

Genre: Thriller / Crime

Duration: 122 minuten

Country: United States / West Germany

Directed by: Bob Rafelson

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange and John Colicos

IMDb score: 6,6 (25.741)

Releasedate: 20 March 1981

The Postman Always Rings Twice plot

"You Will Feel The Heat"

The remake of the 1946 classic. The shabby Frank Chambers gets a job at a restaurant owned by the attractive Cora and her rich old husband Nick during the 1930s Depression. Frank and Cora begin a fiery affair, and decide to get rid of Nick.

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avatar van dvdcrusher


  • 573 messages
  • 483 votes

Brilliant remake with Jessica Lange and Jack Nicholson as a slut in a star role. The rape scene in the kitchen is as classic as the one in Straw Dogs or the erotic scenes in 9 1/2 weeks.

With this film, Jessica Lange became my favorite actress in one fell swoop. What a nice piece that was then!

But the story is also very strong, proof that a remake can be better than the somewhat superficial original.

One of the best movies of the 80's.

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avatar van Filmkriebel


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You will feel the heat, says the poster pretentiously. Well, I especially had to turn up my heating for more heat, because I thought it was a weak affair, this love story between a crook and a slut. Nicholson and Lange were not exactly the most sensual couple on screen, even with the slight eroticism involved.
Besides plotting the murder of the older Greek husband , in the second half of the film the question is also whether Cora and Frank actually feel love for each other or just used each other [ /spoiler]. In my opinion, the revealing conclusion offers a good answer. Partly due to the better second half I still get 3* but that is also the maximum I can give. Still think the original is better.

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avatar van Movsin


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A good film, in my opinion a bit misunderstood in the ratings.

An American rural drama that can count on excellent performers such as Nicholson and Jessica Lange.

Maybe here and there a small hitch in the plot and a bit of sensationalism, but the whole looks away quickly and remains fascinating.

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