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item number: W62Y
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 22, 1997
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical (3)
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Production Notes
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Jack Nicholson & Jessica Lange|
|Performer:||Michael Lerner, John Colicos, John P. Ryan, William Traylor, Anjelica Huston & Christopher Lloyd|
|Directed by||Bob Rafelson|
|Edited by||Graeme Clifford|
|Screenplay by||David Mamet|
|Composition by||Michael Small|
|Produced by||Charles Mulvehill & Bob Rafelson|
|Director of Photography:||Sven Nykvist|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I'm tired of what's right and what's wrong."
- Cora (Jessica Lange) to Frank (Jack Nicholson)
...An immaculate, unostentatious reconstruction, the period registers visually...
Sight and Sound
Rating: 4/5 -- A heated-up drama about sexual passion and obsession. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
Rating: C+ -- Not as good as the original, but not entirely dismissable
Rating: 3/5 -- A Steamy and suspenseful piece of film
Because there is no consistency of character, and therefore of meaning, the plot lurches around, to the evident bewilderment of the audience; the closing scenes are a terrible mess. Full Review
...Well-acted, beautifully filmed....Nicholson and Lange are excellent...
Rating: 3.5/5 -- With its earthy Sven Nykvist cinematography and its emphasis on the character's rumpled clothes and weathered homes, this Postman is like something from the [Bob] Rafelson of 10 years earlier: pensive and realistic. Full Review
Bob Rafelson's THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE features a gorgeous young wife, a dull older husband, and a sexy drifter--perfect noir ingredients in a recipe for murder. While hitchhiking his way to Los Angeles during the depression, Frank Chambers (Jack Nicholson) stops at a small roadside café where he meets the beautiful Cora (Jessica Lange). He decides to stick around, taking her husband, Nick (John Colicos), up on his offer of a job; but Frank and Cora very quickly decide that they'd rather not have Nick around. With its high-voltage cast, screenwriter (playwright David Mamet), and cinematographer (Sven Nykvist, who previously worked with Ingmar Bergman), Rafelson's adaptation of James M. Cain's novel has the makings of an engaging thriller. The novel had previously been filmed by director Tay Garnett for his 1946 movie, starring Lana Turner and John Garfield; this version reveals Rafelson's desire to remake the classic without the censorship constraints of the former era. The film also features Anjelica Huston, who was romantically involved with Nicholson at the time.
Set during the depression, Bob Rafelson's film concerns Nick, an older man, and Cora, his attractive young wife, who take on a drifter named Frank as an employee at their roadside cafe. Soon Cora and Frank develop lustful feelings for each other, and their passions grow until they plan a new life together--one beginning with her husband's murder.
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