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The Postman Always Rings Twice Reviews

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½ October 23, 2017
Awesome. Love noir. Loved this. Hidden gem of a thriller....
November 23, 2016
OK film noir. Lana Turner way over-acts. Too long. Out of no where Garfield goes to Mexico with a woman he happens to meet.
½ September 17, 2016
One of the all-time great film noirs. Lana Turner was absolutely stunning.
½ June 25, 2016
Though not perfect (the studio and female star could definitely have been improved upon), this is a great noir, and well worth seeking out on blu, as I did, which was on sale and loaded with extras, great ones being feature-length documentaries on the lives and careers of both Lana Turner and John Garfield, each involving huge input from the star's daughter. Essential viewing for fans of the period, and worth both purchasing and rewatches for fans of noir or of either of the stars.
½ June 25, 2016
Though not perfect (the studio and female star could definitely have been improved upon), this is a great noir, and well worth seeking out on blu, as I did, which was on sale and loaded with extras, great ones being feature-length documentaries on the lives and careers of both Lana Turner and John Garfield, each involving huge input from the star's daughter. Essential viewing for fans of the period, and worth both purchasing and rewatches for fans of noir or of either of the stars.
½ November 23, 2015
This movie is amazing. It keeps you guessing and fascinated in it's truly gripping premise. We are always left questioning who the real villains are, and if the leads really deserve happiness. Without giving away any spoilers, the film's message, which is basically about karma, is very powerful, and really ties the movie together. The performances are all fantastic, and the movie is brilliantly cast. Lana Turner was a natural choice for the role of Cora. She brought a softness to the role, but with a deep, dirty, nasty edge, but helped give her purpose. She brought out the character's complications instead of playing the part hammy like she could have. Her chemistry with John Garfield was great and even though no actual sex is seen on screen, it's strongly suggested (especially the beach scenes), and the film remains very sexy regardless. Overall, I highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves a thrilling mystery, especially film noir fans or fans of classic cinema.
½ October 17, 2015
The queer thing about The Postman Always Rings twice, is that there is no postman in the whole film. The author of the novel on which the movie was based, James Cain, must have been inspired by Hemingway's metaphoric titles. And like Hemingway, Cain, with his simple, spare prose, was writing during the period when novels no longer became bestsellers because of their merits, but that a book's merit's were judged by how it was selling. Cain isn't a bad author at all, and the simplicity of his writing shouldn't belie his wordsmanship: he never uses the same word twice throughout the novel, of course "the" "a" etc. occur more than once. but when something is yellow, it is the only thing that is yellow in the whole book.. The storyline of the novel is very much like Camus' stranger though the main character is much less isolated.
It's important to mention thee novel because as the movie has become the quintessential film noire movie, the moniker, or at least part of it, has been back referenced to the genre of Cain's work.
The popularity of the novel at the time can be seen by the fact that the movie starred two of the biggest names in Hollywood: Garfield and Turner. Generally, noire films seek to capture the desperateness of less than ordinary people trying to overcome the claustrophobia of their lives. only to find their actions worsening their situations. As one of the progenitors of the genre, The Postman Always Rings Twice doesn't quite convey the same message that Cain was trying to make. The fault lies mainly in Turner and Garfield and the film's director's attempt to grandstand them. It's hard to imagine Garfield as the itinerant drifter seeking work only to be caught up in a love triangle gone horribly wrong. As the object of his love, Turner is more than qualified maybe too qualified. It's hard to imagine her as the wife of a relatively unattractive owner of a road side eatery. That was the crux of the novel actually, Chambers wanting to know how a woman like Cora could be stuck where she was, and wasn't he, Chambers, a better man for her. Nevertheless, Cora was still a bit ordinary and the point being made that blind love can sometimes enhance or exaggerate the object of affection's value well beyond it's actual value. Turner being already maxed out doesn't go through that transition.
There certainly is a sexist vein to the movie in the objectifying of woman, which neither the novel or movie makes any attempt to justify. I don't know how Cain felt about this rendition of his novel, he had a hand in writing the screenplay, but my assessment is that it is an essential movie in the genre and if you're interested in this type of film it's a must see, in spite of it's faults.
½ September 28, 2015
Very tense and great chemistry between the leads with Lana Turner oozing sex appeal just lights up the screen. A superb and exceptional entanglement of love, desire and the ultimate commitment to murder
½ January 20, 2015
Excelente film noir! un clasico
January 20, 2015
A truly wonderful film with not a weak moment. James M. Cain's novel is electrified for the screen. Hume Cronyn is superb as the archetypical slick lawyer. Cecil Kellaway' s penny pinching drunk is memorable. Most of all Garfield, in concert with a truly gorgeous young Lana Turner, shows what a complete artist the world lost when Kazan and his dark fraternity murdered him.
½ November 23, 2014
At least this version makes me understand what the title means. The vivid image of the femme fatale makes me care more about the whole film than Visconti and Rafelson's versions, for I just can't wait this bitch gets killed.
November 9, 2014
Mad chemistry brewing between Lana Turner and John Garfield!
September 2, 2014
I've seen several adaptations of this story myself, nothing at all matched what we saw in Tay Garnett's "The Postman Always Rings Twice".
½ July 27, 2014
Lana Turner was DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
½ July 7, 2014
Vaisu film noir jonka klassikkostatusta en käsitä. Tuohon aikaan ei ollut mahdollista kuvata mitään seksuaalista niin leffa tanssii pelkän typerän ensisilmäyksellä tapahtuvan "rakkauden" ympärillä unohtaen himon täysin. Harmi vaan että se tekee koko leffan perustasta epäuskottavan ja lapsellisen. Lana Turner ei säväytä. Enkä koskaan ole oikein ymmärtänyt Joh Garfieldin suosiota. Jätkä on täysin karismaton puunaama. Hume Cronyn tekeekin leffan parhaan roolin lierona puolustusasianajana. Leffan viimeinen kolmannes on ihan hyvä mutta ei riitä pelastamaan leffaa.
June 15, 2014
Not sure if this was better than the later version. Lana Turner, so totally out of place in the road side diner in her white clothes and blond hair that it just did not seem real. The film was not so overly steamy as the Jack Nicholson-Jessica Lange version, but relatively entertaining. Not sure I would have felt differently if I had seen this first?.
May 9, 2014
I really enjoyed the twists and turns the journey this well-crafted tale takes. Beyond Cain's solid storytelling, there's the steamy sizzle between Turner and Garfield that runs like electricity. Compounded with the likability of Kellaway's "Nick," the whole thing holds up all these years later - despite all the changes in style (and general knowledge of the law). There's also a supporting performance by a young Hume Cronyn as a bonus! Don't read the synopsis and go in cold like I did -- makes for a fun 2 hours! 5 stars
½ April 19, 2014
cant believe i waited so long to see this. lana turner is perfect
April 4, 2014
A sexy post-war Noir starring Lana Turner, this film captures some basic American attitudes: wanderlust, ambition, and romantic, impossible love.
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