The Postman Always Rings Twice

(Bob Rafelson, US 1981, 123 min.)

A drifter (Jack Nicholson) takes a job at a remote roadside diner and is soon entangled in a passionate affair with the owner’s wife (Jessica Lange, in her first meaty dramatic film role). The second American film version of James M. Cain’s steamy and sordid novel is much more faithful to the original text than the 1946 predecessor, thanks to a screenplay by David Mamet. This Postman marked the third collaboration between Nicholson and director Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens).