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Postcards from the Edge (1990)

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



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


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}

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Having a wonderful time, wish I were here.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Recuerdos de Hollywood  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$37,963,281 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Debbie Reynolds reportedly wanted to play the role of Doris Mann, loosely based on herself. However, director Mike Nichols personally requested Shirley MacLaine. See more »


Shirley's head-scarf changes from loose to firmly fastened between shots at the hospital. See more »


Suzanne: Ma, I'm middle-aged.
Doris: Dear, *I'm* middle-aged.
Suzanne: Really. And how many one hundred and twenty year old women do *you* know?
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Referenced in Vampires and Other Stereotypes (1994) See more »


I'm Checkin' Out
Written by Shel Silverstein
Performed by Meryl Streep and Blue Rodeo
Blue Rodeo appears courtesy of Risque Disque, Inc.
WEA Music of Canada, Ltd.
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Meryl Streep is a comic genius!
11 November 2003 | by (Camden, NSW, Australia) – See all my reviews

Meryl Streep, cast against type in a comedic role plays Suzanne Vale, an actress struggling with drug addiction and a difficult relationship with her alcholic has-been singer/actress mother played by Shirley McClaine. The film starts with Vale, making a film, high as a kite and making a mess of her scenes, then she overdoses and is put into rehab.

Following her rehab stint, she is forced to live with her mother in order to be able to keep her job on a new film. Her mother tells her that she is making all the wrong career moves, stays up all night waiting for to come home from a date and generally otherwise makes her life very difficult. I won't give away anymore of the plot than that. Streep and McClaine are amazing here, and suprisingly, Streep can sing, very well.

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