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Double Indemnity

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Double Indemnity


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Walter Neff is a smooth talking insurance salesman who meets the very attractive Phyllis Dietrichson when he calls to renew her husband's automobile policy. The couple are immediately drawn to each other and have an affair. They scheme together to murder Phyllis' husband for life insurance money with a double indemnity clause. Unfortunately, all does not go as planned. Barton Keyes is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out.
Title: Double indemnity
[videorecording]
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. :, Universal Pictures,, [2006]
Edition: Special ed..
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 107 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: CPL DVD# 5329290
Based on the novel by James M. Cain.
DVD release of the 1944 motion picture.
Special features: "Shadows of suspense"; audio commentary from film historian Richard Schickel; audio commentary with film historian/screenwriter Lem Dobbs and film historian Nick Redman; "Double indemnity" TV movie (1973, 75 min.).
Summary: Walter Neff is a smooth talking insurance salesman who meets the very attractive Phyllis Dietrichson when he calls to renew her husband's automobile policy. The couple are immediately drawn to each other and have an affair. They scheme together to murder Phyllis' husband for life insurance money with a double indemnity clause. Unfortunately, all does not go as planned. Barton Keyes is the wily insurance investigator who must sort things out.
Audience: Not rated.
Local Note: 1 6 53 57 74 76 102 112 118 129 133 143 148 152 167 172 182 188 203 210 211 216 242 245 250 264
Additional Contributors: Wilder, Billy - 1906-2002.
MacMurray, Fred - 1908-1991.
Stanwyck, Barbara - 1907-1990.
Robinson, Edward G. - 1893-1973.
Hall, Porter - 1888-1953.
Heather, Jean
Chandler, Raymond - 1888-1959.
Cain, James M. - 1892-1977. - (James Mallahan),
Paramount Pictures, inc
Universal Pictures (Firm)
ISBN: 1417072512
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Report This Apr 05, 2014
  • mapmusic17 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

5 Stars. One of the all time greats. The stars have never been better. Grab it now OR ELSE.

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  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Impeccably made, and unforgetable.

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  • SpaceAngel rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Released in 1944 - Double Indemnity's story of vicious betrayal may be somewhat flawed and inconsistent. - And, its 3 principal actors may have been miscast (especially Barbara Stanwyck as the deceitfully wicked femme fatale in a cheap-looking wig) - But, overall, it's quite easy to see why this vintage, Hollywood Crime/Drama is considered to be a true "classic" of 1940s Film Noir._____ Containing plenty of loaded dialogue, dim, shadowy settings, and flashes of well-timed tension, Double Indemnity's story of murder and deception comes together quite nicely as the scattered pieces of its plot-line eventually all fit into one like that of a master jigsaw puzzle._____ Fred MacMurray plays Walter Neff, an over-confident, but naively gullible insurance salesman, who, thinking that he's got it all figured out, gets played for a prize sucker when the seductive, well-to-do Mrs. Dietrichson snares him into a diabolical plot to kill her husband in order to collect $100,000 through the double indemnity clause in his life insurance policy._____ Filmed in glossy b&w, Double Indemnity's story was co-written by the famed crime-novelist Raymond Chandler. It was directed by Billy Wilder, known for such films as Sunset Boulevard and Some Like It Hot.

Report This Feb 22, 2013
  • d1967 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Edward G Robinson is perhaps the best movie star ever !

Report This Jan 29, 2013
  • viguyy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the masterful grand daddies of Film Noir. The first of many great masterpieces to follow from one of Hollywood's greatest talents, Billy Wilder. This film became a blue-print for many new fresh ideas in Hollywood film making. The script was written by Wilder & Raymond Chandler & crackled with sharp double on-tundra quips deliciously delivered by both the lead actors Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck. As the story goes no one else wanted to play the roles in this seedy morally corrupt caper. But as fate would have it both Stanwyck & MacMurray were perfect for the parts & did some of their very best work on screen. I would also be remiss in not mentioning the great Edward G. Robinson's performance as Keyes, the claims manager who is the detective in this noir classic. What is really fascinating is the uniquely nuanced relationships amongst the leads. Particularly Robinson's & MacMurrays characters who clearly respect & care very much for one another. Perhaps they love each other as colleagues & friends. And what is the real story between Stanwyck's & MacMurray? Do they love each other? It seems not, right up to the final scene when thay are together. We never will really know. Brilliant stuff! Along with the legendary photography of one John Seitz who really developed the noir style with this picture. With it's high contrast scenes, to it's sharp edged shadows & interesting angles & composition Seitz helped create a look that is a classic & has been copied countless times in films to follow. The film is unique & brilliant in it's detail. It's brilliant in its cold characters, it's more realistic portrayal of the personal frailties & greed of our species. It stripped back the layers of naivety & reveled a much more cynical & raw realism that was certainly cutting edge when the film was released to an appreciative audience in 1944. Like many of the great films one viewing is not enough to fully appreciate this films brilliance & artistry. Double indemnity is surely one of the great Hollywood films of all time.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(Two disc set) ** (1944) Billy Wilder's (and Raymond Chandler's) noir masterpiece, based on James M. Cain's pulp novel, that epitomizes the genre (and effectively then legitimized it from its previously seedy reputation). The likeable Fred MacMurray (he had a 'good' face) is razor sharp, cool as a cucumber... (I counted 28 "baby"s from him! lol). Barbara Stanwyck's femme fatale, and her far-away eyes, is hypnotic, sultry... (except for that straw hat on her head that was supposed to be a wig). Edward G. Robinson was on fire as the omnipotent (obsessive/compulsive) insurance claims manager, delivering rapid fire debate. Devious scheming/double crossing; malevolent lighting/photography/score... "Perfect. Straight down the line." FIVE STARS. ** (1973) A Steven Bochco made for TV remake. Atrocious. Un-stylized, run of the mill, tele-crap. An insult to the original. You 'botched' it, Mr. Bochco.

Report This Apr 27, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one.

Report This Apr 26, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Double Indemnity, one of the best film noirs ever made, received seven Oscars - Stanwyck, best actress; Billy Wilder, best director, and Miklos Rozsa, music. Look at how Wilder uses the venetian blind shadows to imprison Stanwyck and MacMurray as Edward G. Robinson closes in on them and their little murder plot. Are the stripes prison bars or are they the stripes of their prison outfits? If you like MacMurray as a bad guy, see also "The Caine Mutiny."

Report This Aug 08, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Somehow I've never seen this until now (and no, I don't know how either). Great stuff with more twists than an early-'60s sock hop! Fred McMurray and Barbara Stanwyck as you've *never* seen them before or since. Some claim it's the best work they ever did, some claim it's the best noir ever done; I'd claim lack of knowledge on the former and a difference of opinion on the latter. Still, pretty awesome and honestly little way of knowing a-forehand how it'll all finish up.

Report This Jul 24, 2011
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An all time classic, what more need be said? Apart from the leads, Edward G. Robinson deserves high praise for his pitch-perfect performance as the claims manager, Keyes.

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Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Walter Neff (voiceover): "That was all there was to it. Nothing had slipped, nothing had been overlooked.There was nothing to give us away. And yet, Keyes, as I was walking down the street to the drugstore, suddenly, it came over me that everything would go wrong. It sounds crazy Keyes, but it's true, so help me. ...I couldn't hear my own footsteps. It was the walk of a dead man."

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  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Edward S. Norton: "There's a widespread feeling that just because a man has a large office he must be an idiot."

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  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Walter Neff (voiceover): "How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle?"

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  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Walter Neff: "Look baby, you can't get away with it. You wanna knock him off, don'tcha." Phyllis Dietrichson: "That's a horrible thing to say." Walter Neff: "Who'd you think I was anyway? The guy that walks into a good looking dame's front parlor and says, "Good afternoon, I sell accident insurance on husbands... you got one that's been around too long? One you'd like to turn into a little hard cash?" Just gimme a smile and I'll help you collect? Boy, what a dope you must think I am." Phyllis Dietrichson: "I think you're rotten." Walter Neff: "I think you're swell -- so long as I'm not your husband." Phyllis Dietrichson: "Get out of here." Walter Neff: "You bet I'll get out of here, baby. I'll get out of here, but quick."

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  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Phyllis Dietrichson: "Nettie, show Mr. Neff into the living room." Walter Neff: "Where would the living room be?" Nettie: "In there, but they keep the liquor locked up." Walter Neff: "That's alright, I always carry my own keys..."

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  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Walter Neff (voiceover): "...Yes, I killed him. I killed him for money -- and a woman. ...And I didn't get the money, and I didn't get the woman. Pretty, isn't it?"

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Walter and Phyllis meet

An insurance salesman calls on a customer's wife about a renewal, but she is sizing him up for a project of her own, like getting her husband an accident insurance policy that he never knows about. She plans to collect on that policy soon.

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