Frank Chambers and Cora Papadakis become lovers and plot together to murder Cora’s husband in order to start a new life together without losing her business. They get away with murder, then Cora dies in a car accident.
The main difference between the adaptation and the original novel is the ending. In the novel, Frank – who has gotten away with the murder of Frank – is convicted of killing Cora. In the police cell he has to chuckle, the postman always rings twice. In the film, as Frank cries over the body of his dead lover, sirens can be heard in the distant background which hints that this could happen... hmmm..
Jessica Lange and Jack Nicholson, confused