The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice

DVD - 1997
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Frank comes to work for Cora and her husband in their California roadhouse and Frank and Cora become lovers.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c1997.
ISBN: 9780790732190
079073219X
Branch Call Number: DVD POS673
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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CallMe_AKA
Jan 31, 2015

And, I ask you - Can you actually imagine a big-name, Hollywood, crime film that (as its #1 selling point) arrogantly boasts about the torrid sex scenes that take place on-screen between its two stars.... And, then when it comes to these apparently heavy-duty scenes, they are (get this!) delivered sans nudity?

Ha! Well, that's exactly what this disappointing, utter mess-of-a-remake did.

From its truly laughable "kitchen table" rape sequence, to its utterly demented courtroom dramatics, to Lange's grate-on-your-nerves hysterics and Nicholson's nitwit histrionics, The Postman Always Rings Twice (TPART, for short) was about 100x worse that I had ever imagined that it could be. I found that, for the most part, I could barely stay awake throughout TPART's almost unendurable two-hour running time.

From start to finish, I rank TPART as being nothing but a putrid pile of pure cinematic excrement.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 25, 2014

Along with "Body Heat," released the same year, and "Blood Simple, this version of "The Postman Always Rings Twice," ushered in the neo-noir era of the 80s and 90s. Based on the James Cain novel, it has the advantage of being able to play up the sex and there are some steamy scenes, so don't watch this one with the kids! Nicholson and Lange have good chemistry and Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael Lerner have small parts. It does move slowly and doesn't have the same power as the Turner-Garfield version. This is one of six movies that Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson did together. Script by David Mamet.

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Monolith
Jan 09, 2014

I really didn't dislike this as much as its poor reputation led me to believe I was going to. It doesn't (can't) hold a candle to the original, 35 years prior w/John Garfield and Lana Turner, but I felt Jack Nicholson was well suited for grifter/drifter Frank, and Jessica Lange? Ahem... let me compose myself... rrrRRROWWWRRRrrr!!! The woman embodied smoldering supernova hotness and sensuality as poor Cora, shackled to a stove and a mundane existence with an older husband who provided stability, but no heat; no fire; no passion. Bob Rafelson kinda/sorta overdid the steamy scenes w/she and Jack a bit, I think, for shock value, but his tribute to James M. Cain's novel wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting. The finale could've used a little something, but as a whole, I enjoyed it.

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22950006357453
Apr 02, 2012

boring dull plodding, obvious body doubling for the sex sceens.no chemistry between the leads. overwrought score orchestration. embarrasing really.

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jgrnlees
Nov 02, 2011

When compared to the 1946 movie version, I found this 1981 remake to be sadly lacking. It did, however, inspire me to place a hold for James Cain's novel. I want to know which movie version is closer to Cain's words. That said, I thought the actors did a great job with what they were given. Jack Nicholson is always great and his Frank was fantastic and Jessica Lange was fabulous as Cora.

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bugsbonin
Jun 14, 2010

This is typical of the Director. Sad movie.

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jgrnlees
Nov 02, 2011

Sexual Content: This was a part of the movie I did not enjoy. One sexual scene in particular seemed more like rape than the consensual sex it was. The sex was violent.

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jgrnlees
Nov 02, 2011

Violence: Cora and Frank plot to kill her husband, Nick, and carry out their plans. The violence is not always shown on screen, though.

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jgrnlees
Nov 02, 2011

Coarse Language: Some swearing.

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jgrnlees
Nov 02, 2011

jgrnlees thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Monolith
Jan 09, 2014

Cora (after finding out that Frank was intimate w/Madge, the big cat lady): "You're scum, Frank! I knew that when I met you... You'll never change..."

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