The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981 movie)

1981 film by Bob Rafelson

The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1981 American erotic thriller movie directed by Bob Rafelson and is the fourth adaption of the 1934 novel of the same name by James M. Cain. It stars Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, John P. Ryan and was distributed by Paramount Pictures.

The Postman Always Rings Twice
Directed byBob Rafelson
Screenplay byDavid Mamet
Based onThe Postman Always Rings Twice
1934 novel
by James M. Cain
Produced by
  • Bob Rafelson
  • Charles Mulvehill[1]
CinematographySven Nykvist
Edited byGraeme Clifford
Music byMichael Small
Distributed by
Release date
  • March 20, 1981 (1981-03-20)
Running time
123 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States[1]
Budget$12 million[2]
Box office$44.2 million[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "* The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  2. "The Postman Always Rings Twice - Box Office Data, DVD and Blu-ray Sales, Movie News, Cast and Crew Information". The Numbers. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  3. "The Postman Always Rings Twice". Box Office Mojo. IMDb (Amazon). Retrieved May 20, 2018.

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