Film: The Postman Always Rings Twice 1981
Frank Chambers drifts into a dusty town in rural California, looking for a good meal. At a diner there he finds Cora, 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?The Postman Always Rings Twice was adapted for a second time in 1981. What's best remembered is Jack Nicholson and Jessica 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.
- The Drifter: Frank Chambers
- Femme Fatale: Cora
- The Film of the Book
- Hotter and Sexier: The 1946 version couldn't feature sex scenes; this one could and did.
- The Perfect Crime
- The Remake
- The Vamp: Cora
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife