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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 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.

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14 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Recuerdos de Hollywood  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,963,281 (USA)
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In the Malibu house of Jack Faulkner (Dennis Quaid), one can clearly see a large framed original three-sheet poster hanging on the wall for THE SHEIK (1921) starring Rudolph Valentino. See more »

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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 »

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Doris: How was work today, dear?
Suzanne: They made me do a drug test.
Doris: I knew it. I knew you shouldn't do this film.
Suzanne: You knew I shouldn't do it because it's a bad film, not because they were going to make me do a drug test.
Doris: No, I knew it was wrong from the start, I had a dream that it wasn't right. I know you don't believe in my dreams, even the one that predicted your kidney stone. I had a dream the other night that I was drowning in the ocean...
Suzanne: I really wish I had a Percodan right now. Or two, maybe three.
Doris: ...
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You Don't Know Me
Written by Cindy Walker (as C. Walker) and Eddy Arnold (as E. Arnold)
Performed by Meryl Streep
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This movie TWIRLED UP!
13 March 1999 | by (Willowick, OH) – See all my reviews

This is a very addictive movie. It got me hooked on its genuine and rich characters, sassy and intelligent dialogue that made fun of a serious subject. The performances were spectacular, not only by Streep and Maclaine, but also by the veteran Mary Wickes, Dennis Quaid and Robin Bartlett as Aretha ("my parents expected me to be black"). All of the cameos were enjoyable and added SO much to this fabulous film. It's refreshing to see Streep do something where you don't need to buy out a store's tissue supply to get through the movie. And Maclaine shines as this disturbed yet determined matriarch. I like almost everything about this film. Especially the singing at the end, and Maclaine's rendition of "I'm Still Here"

Great Movie!


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