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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and thrilling, 27 Mar. 2006
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This is a good film not a great film. The direction at points is lazy and the dialogue not as quick and witty as in some of the hollywood greats (Double Indemnity, His Girl Friday) but that is made up for by the enjoyable ride that the director and writers take you on. The sexual tension between Cora and Frank is explicit and even more tense for the reason that it isn't betrayed- the fact that this film was made during the era when Hollywood was restricted in its ability to film sex gives it an interesting tension. A modern version might be tempted to show Cora and Frank having sex. But because this version can't, we are in the position of the characters, we can see a relationship brim with sexuality but we don't see it articulated on screen. Hence our frustration like theirs advances through the picture- until the inevitable resolution. The scenes in court are wonderful- between the two lawyers with the cynicism of the system laid bare- possibly the point where the script rises to heights of humour seen in other films of the period. The culmination of the film rather lets it down with schmaltz but overall this is an excellent good film- it won't make you ponder any great questions that it raises, it won't infatuate you with its world but it will entertain you, amuse you and interest you for the time you view it. Its definitely a film that can become a family friend if not a teacher of great truths.
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Initial post: 4 Jul 2008 01:10:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jul 2008 01:13:12 BDT
Guy says:
A modern version WAS tempted to show Cora and Frank having sex. And not just tempted: they went through with it, the brazen hussies.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2009 19:52:12 GMT
Can Jack Nicholson rightfully be called a hussy?

Posted on 20 Jul 2010 18:18:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jul 2010 08:32:48 BDT
I agree with your review about this film............and with regards to Humpty's question - I have been informed that in real-life, Jack Nicholson is definitely a hussy. This has come from a woman I know who he propositioned. Although apparently, Arnold Schwarzenegger gives him a run for money in terms of brazen hussiness. The same woman was propositioned by Arnie on the dancefloor as his wife sat at the dinner table.......as you see, Hollywood life is just the same as life over here. I don't really have any interest in watching the re-make of this film. I imagine it's "one-trick pony" Jack grinning inanely quite a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2011 05:33:36 GMT
Yes despite all the sex in the remake including the infamous sex on the kitchen table scene the original is much better and sexier too.
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