From the moment they met it was murder!
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 28, 2012
- Originally Released: 1944
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Introduction by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne
- Shadows of suspense: plunge into the world of 1940s Hollywood with a revealing look at a movie masterpiece
- Feature commentary with film historian Richard Schickel
- Feature commentary with film historian/screenwriter Lem Dobbs and film historian Nick Redman
- Theatrical trailer
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- English, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck & Edward G. Robinson|
|Performer:||Porter Hall, Tom Powers, Jean Heather, Byron Barr, Richard Gaines & Fortunio Bonanova|
|Directed by||Billy Wilder|
|Edited by||Doane Harrison|
|Screenwriting by||Raymond Chandler & Billy Wilder|
|Composition by||Miklos Rozsa|
|Produced by||Joseph Sistrom|
|Director of Photography:||John F. Seitz|
Rating: 4/5 -- If you like your dialogue hardboiled, your lighting shadowy, and your femmes fatales preposterously evil, then look no further: Billy Wilder's 1944 adaptation of James M Cain's insurance-scam novella. Full Review
[T]he cornerstone of film noir....What would become well-worn tropes in countless imitators are found here in irreducible freshness.
Sight and Sound
One has to go clear back to The Human Comedy, Maltese Falcon and Citizen Kane to find comparable pace-setters. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Mean streets and dark nights. Full Review
[O]ne of the most memorable thrillers in Hollywood history.
Sight and Sound
Rating: 5/5 -- Film noir is the most intoxicating of Hollywood cocktails, and none is more potent than Double Indemnity. Full Review
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Film noir doesn't get more classic than Billy Wilder's 1944 tale of greed and lust.
Billy Wilder's classic noir, a familiar brew of lust, larceny, and lethal intentions, stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck as a hot-blooded couple. Framed in flashback, the story is told by the dying Walter Neff (MacMurray), beginning with his first meeting with the seductive Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck) during a routine renewal of her husband's car insurance. After some flirtation she arranges a meeting without her husband, where she asks about an accident policy to be bought without her husband's knowledge. Although repulsed by the implications of her suggestions, his obsession with Phyllis leads Neff to contemplate the possibility of finding a way to kill her husband while making his death look like an accident. After she comes to his apartment, the insurance salesman finally agrees to become involved in the murder, and the two of them begin methodically working out the details. After they dispose of Dietrichson, Neff learns more than he wanted about Phyllis' unsavory past, but realizes he's now too involved to extricate himself. He's also concerned about his a boss, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), an omniscient insurance investigator who has taken over the case. DOUBLE INDEMNITY is brilliant noir, among the best of the genre, with a byzantine yet utterly plausible plot, stylized hard-boiled dialogue by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and three terrific performances by Stanwyck, MacMurray, and Robinson.
Classic | Psychodrama | Romance | Suspense | Thriller | Betrayal | Murder | Film Noir | Recommended | Melodrama | Infidelity | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- DOUBLE INDEMNITY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1992.
- Other films written by novelist Raymond Chandler include AND NOW TOMORROW; THE BLUE DAHLIA, from his own story; and THE UNSEEN.
The story of DOUBLE INDEMNITY was inspired by the notorious Snyder-Gray murder that took place in Queens Village, New York, in the 1920s. Albert Snyder was bludgeoned to death by his wife, Ruth, and her lover, Judd Gray, in order to collect his insurance money.
- Woody Allen considers this to be the greatest movie ever made.