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Double Indemnity
United States 1944
Director: Billy Wilder
Screenplay: Billy Wilder, James M. Cain
Producer: Buddy G. DeSylva, Joseph Sistrom
Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather
Genre: Film Noir

Running Time: 104
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC Academy Ratio)
Sound: Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: PAL
Black and White
Studio:  Universal Pictures Video DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Aug 2006 Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  Director Billy Wilder and writer Raymond Chandler adapted James M. Cain's hard-boiled novel into this wildly thrilling story of insurance man Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), who schemes the perfect murder with the beautiful dame Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck): kill Dietrichson's husband and make off with the insurance money. But, of course, in these plots things never quite go as planned, and Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out. From the opening scene you know Neff is doomed, as the story is told in flashback; yet, to the film's credit, this doesn't diminish any of the tension of the movie. This early film noir flick is wonderfully campy by today's standards, and the dialogue is snappy ("I thought you were smarter than the rest, Walter. But I was wrong. You're not smarter, just a little taller"), filled with lots of "dame"s and "baby"s. Stanwyck is the ultimate femme fatale, and MacMurray, despite a career largely defined by roles as a softy, is convincingly cast against type as the hapless, love-struck sap. --Jenny Brown, Amazon.com

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