The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice

Bob Rafelson (1981)

18 Certificate


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Following James M Cain's novel more closely than was allowed in the classic 1946 film noir version, Bob Rafelson's take on the murderous morality fable opts for explicit action over extra adulterous tension. Despite luminous performances from Depression drifter Jack Nicholson and young wife Jessica Lange as the plotters-in-lust, the loose ends and even looser ending point to a below par effort from Rafelson, and the final result is not up to the standard of his masterly work with Nicholson on Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens.


A drifter gets a job at a roadside diner, where he worms his way into the affections of the owner's bored and unfulfilled wife - but when the pair immerse themselves in a passionate affair, the relationship brings ugly consequences in its wake. Remake of Tay Garnett's 1946 film noir based on the novel by James M Cain, with Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Anjelica Huston and Christopher Lloyd.

Cast & Crew

Frank Chambers Jack Nicholson
Cora Papadakis Jessica Lange
Nick Papadakis John Colicos
Salesman Christopher Lloyd
Katz Michael Lerner
Kennedy John P Ryan
Madge Anjelica Huston
Sackett William Traylor
Barlow Tom Hill
Motorcycle cop John Van Ness
Mortenson Brian Farrell
Insurance salesman Raleigh Bond
Director Bob Rafelson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for some of its violence and sex scenes, and contains swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVD