• The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Release Date: 1946

DVD Release Date: January 6th, 2004

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

Nick Smith (Cecil Kellaway), a middle-aged roadside diner owner, hires a drifter, Frank Chambers (John Garfield), to work at his restaurant. Frank quickly begins an affair with Nick's beautiful young wife, Cora (Lana Turner), and the two conspire to kill Nick and seize his assets. When they succeed, local prosecutor Kyle Sackett (Leon Ames) becomes suspicious, but is unable to build a solid case. However, the couple soon realizes that no misdeed ever goes truly unpunished.

Cast: Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Hume Cronyn, Audrey Totter, Leon Ames, Alan Reed

Director: Tay Garnett

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Keywords: Passionate , Suspenseful , Tense , Murder , Forbidden love , Temptation , Car , 1940s , Fall

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    More frightening than most horror movies, more erotic than most pornography, The Postman Always Rings Twice (at the Imperial) is a sour slice of bona fide Americana, a relentlessly pessimistic melodrama that conjures memories of They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Bonnie and Clyde, The Godfather and Chinatown. [21 March 1981]

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    An absolutely superb mounting of a hollow and disappointing production. It shows a technical mastery of filmmaking, and we are dazzled by the performances, the atmosphere, the mood of mounting violence. But by the second hour of the film we've lost our bearings: What is this movie saying about its characters? What does it feel and believe about them? Why was it necessary to tell their stories? show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    [Lange's] allure is staggering. If you've never seen her in this film - if you've never seen the young Jessica Lange, except in "Tootsie" - prepare to pick your jaw up off the floor. show more

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