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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.

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Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox center 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 involving 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}

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Having a wonderful time, wish I were here.

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Comedy | Drama

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14 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Recuerdos de Hollywood  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$37,963,281
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Suzanne Vale also appears in the sequel novel, The Best Awful There Is, later shortened to simply The Best Awful. That novel was based on Fisher's break-up with Bryan Lourd after he came out as gay. See more »

Goofs

The Texas flags on the set of Suzanne's country video are displayed incorrectly. The state code since 1933 says the red stripe should be on the right side when the flag is hung on a wall vertically. Both flags visible in this scene have the red strip on the left side. See more »

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Bart: Excuse me, Suzanne, can I meet your mother?
Suzanne: Sure. Bart, this is my mom...
Bart: Oh, Miss Mann, I've loved you my whole life. Ever since I was seven, I wanted to be you.
Alan: Bart does you in his drag show.
Bart: Oh, this is my lover, Alan. Yes, I wear a costume exactly like the one you wore in "That Marvelous Mrs. Markham."
Doris: Oh, the one with the corset? That was so difficult to wear...
Suzanne: Mom?
Doris: Oh, I must go, sorry, boys. It was very nice to meet you.
[whispering to Suzanne]
Doris: Sorry, dear, but you know how much the ...
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References Lethal Weapon 2 (1989) See more »

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From This Moment On
Written by Cole Porter
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Terrific all around
7 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

A really wonderful, funny and sad film with bravura performances by Streep, MacLaine, Quaid and a hilarioius cameo by Annette Benning ("they give you and endolphin rush!"). One of Streep's best performances and won of the many Oscars she should have won but was passed over for. This film holds up each time I see it.


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