Double Indemnity (Blu-ray)
From the moment they met it was murder!
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 16, 2018
- Originally Released: 2018
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region A
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|
DOUBLE INDEMNITY belongs to the early stages of American film noir....[With] a gallery of great character actors...
New York Times
Film noir doesn't get more classic than Billy Wilder's 1944 tale of greed and lust.
Ranked #3 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- The ultimate sex-greed-death classic.
The noir formula takes a giant step forward: a domineering femme fatale; a dark, Expressionist visual style; and a violent, unhappy ending...
Rating: 3/4 -- Filmmaker Billy Wilder has infused Double Indemnity with an agreeably hard-boiled vibe that's reflected in everything from the performances to the visuals to the dialogue... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
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
A tremendous drama, of fantastic proportions even in its vulgarity. [Full review in Spanish] Full Review
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.
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