Double Indemnity
Double Indemnity (1944)

Directed by Billy Wilder and adapted from a James M. Cain novel by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, Double Indemnity represents the high-water mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas in which a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 6, 1944
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A dark, tautly constructed adaptation of James M. Cain's novel -- penned by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler -- Double Indemnity continues to set the standard for the best in Hollywood film noir.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

This expert night of the Hollywood soul is such a genre axiom it practically scans like a mid-'40s shopper's catalogue for noiristes ...

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Variety Staff

MacMurray has seldom given a better performance. It is somewhat different from his usually light roles, but is always plausible and played with considerable restraint.

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Fernando F. Croce

Variations and tributes can't blunt the sting of Wilder's acidic noir benchmark

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TIME Magazine

Double Indemnity is the season's nattiest, nastiest, most satisfying melodrama.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

The film is a brilliant collision of evil and the mundane, and one of the reasons viewers respond to it so well is that it makes the mundane seem a little sexier in the resulting debris.

Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Film noir is the most intoxicating of Hollywood cocktails, and none is more potent than Double Indemnity.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Wilder trades Cain's sun-rot imagery for conventional film noir stylings, but the atmosphere of sexual entrapment survives.

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Jessica Winter
Time Out

This is the gold standard of '40s noir, straight down the line.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The quintessential film noir -- acid and snappy, and shockingly cold-blooded.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Zoebl
Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity is a classic film noir and a classic crime drama about bad people doing bad things and doing them badly. It's a rich… More
Albert Kim
"Double Indemnity" is a marvelously crafted noir film that is purely driven by its impeccable narrative and flawless filmmaking techniques. Billy… More
Carlos Magalhães
One of the most indisputable definers of noir and a classic film with a fantastic direction and cinematography, a deliciously sharp dialogue and wonderful… More
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Fast talking insurance salesman Fred MacMurray falls for beautiful but ice cold oil tycoon's wife Barbara Stanwyck and together they hatch a scheme to kill… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Thrilling and suspenseful, Double Indemnity is a complex classic that deserves to be seen and praised by all movie-goers. You won't be able to keep your… More
Chris Weber
Before anything, let's just look at the talent behind this film: Based on a novel by James M. Cain, directed by Billy Wilder, script by Wilder and Raymond… More