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Double Indemnity

1h 45m Crime, Drama, Thriller 1944

Double Indemnity is considered to have set the template for film noir, setting the standard by which subsequent films were judged, and remains one of the genre’s finest examples. Adapted by director Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, perhaps the greatest of all crime writers, from a novella by James M. Cain, whose work would also provide the source material for films such as Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945) and The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett, 1946), it is the story of insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), who begins an affair with Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), the wife of one of his clients. When her questions lead him to believe that she is considering murdering her husband, he resists at first before becoming a willing collaborator, or perhaps dupe, leading to a maze of complications and double-crosses in this hardboiled classic.

Director

Billy Wilder

Language

English

Closed Captions [CC]

English

Country

USA

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