6.7/10
11,905
51 user 37 critic

Postcards from the Edge (1990)

A substance-addicted actress tries to look on the bright side even as she is forced to move back in with her mother to avoid unemployment.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
442 ( 49)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Silkwood (1983)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in the Australian outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Dale Reeves
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A career woman reassesses her parents' lives after she is forced to care for her cancer-stricken mother.

Director: Carl Franklin
Stars: Meryl Streep, Renée Zellweger, William Hurt
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty featuring Debbie Reynolds, Todd Fisher, and Carrie Fisher.

Directors: Alexis Bloom, Fisher Stevens
Stars: Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, Todd Fisher
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Story of a schoolteacher's struggle to teach violin to inner-city Harlem kids.

Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Meryl Streep, Cloris Leachman, Henry Dinhofer
Heartburn (1986)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An autobiographical look at the breakup of Ephron's marriage to Carl "All the President's Men" Bernstein that was also a best-selling novel. The Ephron character, Rachel is a food writer at... See full summary »

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A film is being made of a story, set in 19th century England, about Charles, a biologist who's engaged to be married, but who falls in love with outcast Sarah, whose melancholy makes her ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Reisz
Stars: Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae
Ironweed (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An alcoholic drifter spends Halloween in his home town of Albany, NY after returning there for the first time in decades.

Director: Hector Babenco
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After spending time with his new neighbors, an aspiring writer realizes they are harboring deep secrets that will forever change him.

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol
She-Devil (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A cunning and resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist.

Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr, Ed Begley Jr.
Wishful Drinking (TV Movie 2010)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Hollywood icon Carrie Fisher tells her raw and intoxicating true story in this documentary based on her hit stage production. Touching on stardom, mental illness, addiction and more, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Stars: Carrie Fisher, Eddie Fisher, Harry Karl
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting.

Director: Albert Brooks
Stars: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Joe Pierce
...
Grandma
...
Grandpa
...
...
Simon Asquith
Gary Morton ...
Marty Wiener
...
Julie Marsden (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Sidney Armus ...
Sid Roth
...
...
Carol
Edit

Storyline

Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion drinker. Such a set-up is bad news for Suzanne who has struggled for years to get out of her mother's shadow, and who finds her mother still treats her like a child. Despite these problems - and further ones to do with the men in in her life - Suzanne can begin to see the funny side of her situation, and it also starts to occur to her that not only do daughters have mothers, mothers do too. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Having a wonderful time, wish I were here.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Recuerdos de Hollywood  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$37,963,281 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Meryl Streep did her own singing. See more »

Goofs

Lowell tells Suzanne that none of the airport scene can be saved because it was shot without any cutaways. However, the scene is obviously edited as the characters jump about 3 feet farther from the camera as they walk from past a pole between the ticket counter and the passport control desk. See more »

Quotes

Doris: Will you please tell me what is this awful thing I did to you when you were a child!
Suzanne: Okay, you want to know? Do you?
Doris: I want to know! Tell me!
Suzanne: Okay, FINE! From the time I was 9 years old, you gave me sleeping pills!
Doris: That was over-the-counter medication, and I gave it to you because you couldn't sleep!
Suzanne: Mom! You don't give children sleeping pills when they can't sleep!
Doris: They were not sleeping pills! It was store-bought and it was perfectly SAFE! Now don't blame ME for your drug-taking! I do not ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

References La Grande Illusion (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

From This Moment On
Written by Cole Porter
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wonderfully Nutty
8 March 2003 | by (London, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Meryl Streep is just about the best actress around and this, I think, is one of my favourite performances by her. (so far). Why? Because she is not playing her usual self -- she is a total nut case in this film --- neurotic and downright hilarious. Much like 2002's "Adaption" she is playing against her normal dramatic type and is a wonderful comedienne -- a role she should play more often --- actresses usually playing actresses usually are not memorable --- this is a "keeper" role --- and what a voice. (had she not been an actress, she could give most singers these days a run for their money!) Do rent it and laugh --- it is worth the trip to the video store!


19 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favorite line CFisherFan89
MaClaine's 'I'm Still Here' RevolutionUtena
Carrie Fisher Commentary ZY_rep16
Name of song at end of movie hammons-1
The greatest moviepassion
Sequel in the works??? merylstreep69
Discuss Postcards from the Edge (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?