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Double Indemnity [DVD] [1944]

Fred Macmurry , Barabara Stanwyck , Billy Wilder    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Fred Macmurry, Barabara Stanwyck
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGB0RY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,628 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard) and writer Raymond Chandler (The Big Sleep) 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 (notably in the TV series My Three Sons and the movie The Shaggy Dog), is convincingly cast against type as the hapless, love-struck sap. --Jenny Brown

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Classic adaptation of James M. Cain's hardboiled noir novel by director Billy Wilder and writer Raymond Chandler. Insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) calls at the house of femme fatale Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) in order to renew her husband's insurance policy. An immediate attraction sparks between the two, and gradually Phyllis seduces Walter into conspiring with her to murder her husband, now provided with a double indemnity insurance clause. The murder is carried out as planned, but the couple then find themselves growing increasingly suspicious of each other as they get closer to collecting the money. When Walter's boss, relentless investigator Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), starts to look into the policy, Walter and Phyllis' steely resolve begins to falter.

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Along with Tourneur's OUT OF THE PAST (1947), Billy Wilder's DOUBLE INDEMNITY is the definitive film noir, a masterpiece that rewards countless viewings and proved hugely influential. Virtually remade as BODY HEAT in 1981, and the inspiration for any number of sweaty, neo-noir pale imitations, this brilliant film remains the real deal and unsurpassed.
Wilder's fractious collaboration with the great Raymond Chandler produced a wonderful screenplay, dripping with sharp dialogue and fatalistic symbolism, whilst the performances of the three leads - FRED MacMURRAY, BARBARA STANWYCK and EDWARD G ROBINSON - are faultless and represent their finest screenwork. Stanwyck's marvellously cold, cyncial and manipulative femme fatale remains the template for all that followed and her tart as a lemon dialogue exchanges with MacMurray's bluff, self-confident Insurance Claims Investigator are amongst the greatest in any film.
To add to these elements JOHN F. SEITZ, one of film noir's finest cameramen, creates visual poetry from the sunlight streaming through Californian windows and shadows of forboding during the beautifully staged murder sequence.
Come to think of it, this isn't just one of the greatest film noirs ever made, it's simply one of the greatest films ever made, period. If you haven't seen it, buy it now, if you had it on VHS from a long ago TV screening, still buy it as this print is excellent and probably the best available, although there's a disappointing lack of extras on the DVD.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
I`ve been waiting for this classic to be released ever since i bought a dvd player! Billy wilder has to be one of cinema`s finest director`s ever,it`s hard to pick his best work what with sunset boulevard,some like it hot & ace in the hole (hopefully the next in line for a dvd release) among others but if someone put a gun to my head i`d have to say double indemnity.Being a big fan of old movies & in particular film noir this one is simply perfect,great script(co-scripted by Raymond chandler himself),superb acting from the three leads & great cinematography.If your into old movies & film noir trust me you need to see this,even if there are no extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A film based on book by James M. Cain's 1943 novelette of the same name. The book was loosely based on real life events in Queens New York in the 1920s. A crime that was perpetrated by an Ms Ruth Snyder, who cajoled her reluctant boyfriend, Judd Gray, to kill her husband Albert after having him take out a big insurance policy - with a double-indemnity clause. They were both eventually found out and put on the electric chair.

Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler as screenwriters and Wilder as director took their vision from the page to the screen. The cinematography of John F. Seitz is truly his `signature statement' in this film, with his background from the days of silent film, and film making roots in 1920s Berlin. His studied arrangement of light and shadows especially the use of "venetian blind" lighting, with the Walter Neff character would become a staple of the film noir look.

A film that has been much studied and analysed, and the stock-in-trade piece of any decent film course. That said, this film tells an engrossing narrative that was shaped, in part, by the confines of its time and by the Motion Picture Production Code. A code better known as the Hay's Code that were a set of industry moral censorship guidelines that governed the production of most United States motion pictures from the 1930s through to the 1960s. Then of course there are the three principle actors whose chemistry and interaction also made the film the classic that is. From the get go the role of Phyllis Dietrichson was Barbara Stanwyck - although hesitant at first, her appearance and acting gave the film it's sultry femme fatale who is able to bend Neff's character to her will. Fred MacMurray as Walter Neff was not the first choice for role by mile.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Check Your Insurance Policy ! 13 July 2005
At last , Billy Wilder's work is coming to region 2. This 1944 film noir sees Fred MacMurray playing insurance agent Walter Neff , who becomes involved with black widow - Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck). Cue: double crossing, hard boiled dialogue , much match striking by human thumb and a scene stealing performance by Edward G Robinson as Barton T Keyes. This film just sizzles along and is not to be missed. Double Indemnity was oscar nominated for best picture and director. Unfortunately it lost out , however , Wilder would return the next year with The Lost Weekend which took best picture , director and actor (Ray Milland). When Billy Wilder died in 2002 the world lost a brillaint film director - thank fully his legacy lives on.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling but expected more... 16 July 2005
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It is thrilling to see 'Double Indemnity' on DVD in any format or region. It has long been out of print in region 1. The movie does not need praise. It is the best film noir ever created. My only complaint is that there are not extras on this DVD, not even a trailer, let alone a commentary. 'Double Indemnity' definitely deserves a full set of extra features.
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34 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic, yours to own forever 29 Mar 2004
This truly is a classic film. The phrase 'they don't make them like that any more' is the first thing that comes to mind.
In this, one of the BEST Film Noirs ever made (next to 1942's The Maletese Falcoln) can still can hold the suspense and tension even in today's world of super budget special effects. MacMurray, Stanwyck and Robinson give outstanding performances as Walter Neff, Phyllis Dietrichson and Barton Keyes respectively. Each of them play the roles to such an excellent standard this film just couldn't be any better or more entertaining. The Femme Fatale, the poor sap who falls for her, and the ever present Keyes, keeping a close eye on proceedings and always has a 'hunch' that something is up gives this film all the characters you'd expect to see in a Film Noir.
Billy Wilder dishes out an outstanding plot that grabs the audience from the first scene, and keeps you glued to the screen until the very last cigarette has been lit and the final word uttered. Even by today's standards, this is a film and a half. Exquisite shots, wonderful chiracuso lighting each frame of this film could fill an art gallery it really is that just spectacular.
If there was only one word to sum up this film, it would have to be 'perfection'.
If you aren't a fan of Film Noir, watch it. Give it a chance, what have you got to lose? However if you are dead against these type of films, go back to your XXX's and your Fast and Furious'. This film is for true film fans, looking for more than just million dollar effects. If you are a Film Noir fan, you probably already know about this wonderful timeless classic, I would recommned you add THIS to your DVD collection.
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Classic film noir. Pretty unusual form too. Clever script and story. Turn the phone off and treat yourself to a great night in. Beautifully shot too.
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