Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity

Director Billy Wilder's film noir classic, co-written by Raymond Chandler and based on the hardboiled novel by James M. Cain. Widely regarded as one of the genre's finest, Double Indemnity was ranked the 29th best American film of all time by the American Film Institute in 2007.

Fred MacMurray is insurance salesman Walter Neff who, after falling for the sultry Phyllis (Barbara Stanwyck), is persuaded to attempt the "perfect crime". They conspire to kill Phyllis' husband, make it look like an accident, and collect on his life insurance policy. While the plan goes smoothly, Neff's suspicious boss Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) smells something fishy...

The term 'double indemnity' refers to a clause in life insurance policies that doubles the payout when a death is accidental.

1944Rating: PG, Violence103 minsUSA
DramaThrillerClassic
Director:
Billy Wilder ('Some Like It Hot', 'Sunset Boulevard', 'The Apartment')
Writer:
Billy WilderRaymond Chandler
Cast:
Fred MacMurrayBarbara StanwyckEdward G. RobinsonByron Barr

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Variety

Variety

MacMurray has seldom given a better performance. It is somewhat different from his usually light roles, but is always plausible and played with considerable restraint.

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Time Out

Time Out

This is the gold standard of '40s noir, straight down the line.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Such folks as delight in murder stories for their academic elegance alone should find this one steadily diverting, despite its monotonous pace and length.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

If you like your dialogue hardboiled, your lighting shadowy, and your femmes fatales preposterously evil, then look no further.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Few other directors have made so many films that were so taut, savvy, cynical and, in many different ways and tones, funny.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The film is a brilliant collision of evil and the mundane, and one of the reasons viewers respond to it so well is that it makes the mundane seem a little sexier in the resulting debris.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Film noir at its finest, a template of the genre, etc. Billy Wilder in full swing, Barbara Stanwyck's finest hour, and Fred MacMurray makes a great chump.

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