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Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray star in this gripping film noir from Academy Award®-winning director Billy Wilder. A calculating wife encourages her wealthy husband to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by smitten insurance agent Walter Neff. As the would-be lovers plot the unsuspecting husband's murder, they are pursued by a suspicious claims manager (Edward G. Robinson). It's a race against time to get away with the perfect crime in this heart-racing Academy Award®-nominated masterpiece.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: A dark, tautly constructed adaptation of James M. Cain's novel -- penned by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler -- Double Indemnity continues to set the standard for the best in Hollywood film noir.
Double Indemnity is the season's nattiest, nastiest, most satisfying melodrama.
June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Dark, dialogue-heavy classic of grim suspense.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a grim, downbeat "film noir" narrative. Evil doesn't triumph, but the main character makes bad choices and is pretty much doomed from the inception. He falls for another man's wife and tries to help her kill her husband (the woman also turns out to embody the worst sort of wicked-stepmother image, late in the story). There is nothing explicitly sensual in this narrative, even as much later "steamy erotic thrillers" copied the vibe and used it as an excuse for graphic sex and nudity. This one would merit just a PG today.
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- Genre:Thriller, Drama
- Release Date:September 6, 1944
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD