The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

Bob Rafelson's remake of 1946's The Postman Always Rings Twice, with a screenplay by the award-winning playwright David Mamet, stars Jack Nicholson as Frank Chambers, a depression-era drifter who ends up at a diner run by Nick… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 20, 1981
DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Noel Murray
The Dissolve

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.

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Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator

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.

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Caffeinated Clint
Film Threat

A Steamy and suspenseful piece of film

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Postman Always Rings Twice is an absolutely superb mounting of a hollow and disappointing production.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality & Practice

A heated-up drama about sexual passion and obsession.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

OK, but unnecessary remake.

Jesķs FernŠndez Santos
El Pais (Spain)

The excellent cinematography and well-crafted mise-en-scŤne guarantee a long shelf-life to this novel. [Full Review in Spanish]

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Emanuel Levy

Not as good as the original, but not entirely dismissable

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Sexy and unnerving.

Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Nicholson plays a drifter closely rooted to his basic animalistic tendencies. Lange plays a similar type of woman, currently pretending otherwise. When they… More
Jennifer D
Redeeming quality: Jack Nicholson.
Jim Hunter
What is most striking about this film are the performances by the leads. I've grown up taking for granted the fact that Jack Nicholson is a great actor… More
jay nixon
a real disappointment, stick with the lana turner/john garfield original. even with the 40's restrictions that one is so much more sensual and… More
Conner Rainwater
When you‚??re trying to find a true Neo-Noir, this is hard to beat. Not only does it keep the safe feel and raunchy plotline as most Film Noirs of the late 30s… More