The Postman Always Rings Twice
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Based on the crime novel by James M. Cain, the first adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice stars John Garfield and Lana Turner as lovers Frank Chambers and Cora Smith, whose plot to kill Cora's husband Nick (Cecil Kellerman)… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 6, 2004
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Critic Score
95%
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User Score
78%



Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the great cruel jokes in early film noir.

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Clint Morris
Moviehole

Whilst the Jack/Jessica version was entertaining it was seemingly only interested in 'pushing the envelope', this film doesn't need to do any of that - and doesn't - it just plays out the story, and that's gripping enough.

Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide

A potent noir study of people falling victim to their own desires

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The movie is not a wild river but a humid delta of stagnant frustration and stymied movement, so it's all the more impressive that it's such a gripping spectatorial experience.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Part sultry romance, part mystery thriller, the movie continues to keep audiences involved with its edgy character relationships and unforeseen tensions.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Garfield and Turner electrify; there's no nudity or on-screen sex in the picture, yet the erotic charge between these two is incredibly potent.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...has little of the insinuating nature of the best film noir.

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Bob Ross
Tampa Tribune

Better than the remake

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The magic in the film is in the chemical reaction between Garfield and Lana, their performances are sizzling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Jonathan Hutchings
I wasn't expecting a classic film noir along the lines of "Double Indemnity" or "Out of the Past" when I finally got around to watching… More
Devon Bott
A film full of wicked people, ugly lawyers, and scheming lovers. Really, there's practically no one here who's sympathetic. It's the sort of… More
Lewis C.
"Darling, can't you see how happy you and I would be together here...without him?" In this steamy collaboration between John Garfield and Lana… More
Anthony Lawrie
Tay Garnett's 1946 film is a classic chilling thriller. Lana Turner's performance convinced people that she was more than a pretty face too.… More
AJ Verser
Another good thriller from the forties, somewhat like a lot of other thrillers, but it has a good cast, it's worth watching.
Mark Hobin
Classic film noir adapted from James M. Cain's novel, details the relationship of a woman in a marriage of convenience and the aimless drifter she's… More