• The Postman Always Rings Twice (1995)

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Release Date: July 12th, 1995

DVD Release Date: August 20th, 1997

R |2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

Itinerant troublemaker Frank Chambers (Jack Nicholson) has a meal at a roadside restaurant and meets devastating femme fatale Cora Papadakis (Jessica Lange). As it turns out, Cora is married to the restaurant's owner, Nick (John Colicos). Happy to have a visitor, Papadakis offers Chambers a job. Chambers stays on and begins to help himself to whatever he likes -- including Cora. The two dive headlong into a torrid romance and begin to plot the perfect murder.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd, John P. Ryan, Anjelica Huston, Jon Van Ness

Director: Bob Rafelson

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Lorimar Productions

Keywords: Suspenseful, Forbidden love, Wife, Small town, Marriage, 1940s, Temptation, Rivalry

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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