Film: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

Frank Chambers (Jack Nicholson) drifts into a dusty town in rural California, looking for a good meal. At a diner there he finds Cora (Jessica Lange), a beautiful woman who is married to an old Greek immigrant named Nick. Frank and Cora have a passionate affair. Cora's stuck in a rut, and she wants to start over. They could start a new life together if they could just get rid of Nick. Can Frank and Nora get away with it?

Released in 1981, this second film adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice is best remembered for Nicholson and Lange's table scene.

Tropes used by the film:

  • Downer Ending: They aren't caught, but Cora is killed in a car accident soon after being acquitted. In the book, however, Frank is convicted for Cora's murder; in this adaptation they left that out.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The 1946 version couldn't feature sex scenes; this one could and did.