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Postcards from the Edge -- Based on Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical bestseller, a fallen Hollywood actress struggles back from alcoholism and tries to emerge from the shadows of her famous mother. A wickedly witty comedystarring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
Postcards from the Edge -- US Home Video Trailer from RCA Selectavision


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Writers (WGA):
Carrie Fisher (book)
Carrie Fisher (screenplay)
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Release Date:
14 September 1990 (USA) See more »
Having a wonderful time, wish I were here.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Meryl Streep ... Suzanne Vale

Shirley MacLaine ... Doris Mann

Dennis Quaid ... Jack Faulkner

Gene Hackman ... Lowell Kolchek

Richard Dreyfuss ... Doctor Frankenthal

Rob Reiner ... Joe Pierce

Mary Wickes ... Grandma

Conrad Bain ... Grandpa

Annette Bening ... Evelyn Ames

Simon Callow ... Simon Asquith
Gary Morton ... Marty Wiener

CCH Pounder ... Julie Marsden (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Sidney Armus ... Sid Roth

Robin Bartlett ... Aretha

Barbara Garrick ... Carol

Anthony Heald ... George Lazan

Dana Ivey ... Wardrobe Mistress

Oliver Platt ... Neil Bleene

Michael Ontkean ... Robert Munch

Pepe Serna ... Raoul
Mark Lowenthal ... Bart
Michael Byers ... Allen

JD Souther ... Ted (as J.D. Souther)

George Wallace ... Carl

Peter Onorati ... Cameraman

J. Roy Helland ... Make-up Man (as Roy Helland)

Douglas Roberts ... Soundman
Michael Haley ... Assistant Director (as R.M. Haley)
Kathleen Gray ... Cindy
Gloria Crayton ... Maid at Party
Gary Matanky ... Sound Editor

Marcelo Tubert ... Sound Editor

John Verea ... Young Intern
René Assa ... Passport Official

Natalija Nogulich ... Friend at Airport (as Natalia Nogulich)
Susan Forristal ... Friend at Airport
Evelina Fernández ... Airline Employee (as Evelina Fernandez)
Neil A. Machlis ... Rob Sonnenfeld (as Neil Machlis)
Gary Jones ... Fan at Party
Jane Galloway ... Nurse

Steven Brill ... Assistant Director
Jason Tomlins ... Officer
Shelley Kirk ... First Lady
Jessica Z. Diamond ... Script Supervisor
Scott Frankel ... Pianist at Party
Sheridan Leatherbury ... Stand-In
Ken Gutstein ... Director of Photography
James Deeth ... Helicopter Pilot
Robert Marshall ... Helicopter Pilot

Jim Cuddy ... Blue Rodeo Band
Greg Keelor ... Blue Rodeo Band
Bazil Donovan ... Blue Rodeo Band
Mark French ... Blue Rodeo Band
Bob Wiseman ... Blue Rodeo Band (as Bob Weiseman)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jorga Caye ... Western Bar Patron (uncredited)
Lorenzo Gaspar ... Gardner (uncredited)

Conrad Hurtt ... Cowperson (uncredited)
Carrie Jachnuk ... Fan at Party (uncredited)

Beau Lotterman ... Soundman (uncredited)
Raymond Storti ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Nichols 
Writing credits
Carrie Fisher (book)

Carrie Fisher (screenplay)

Produced by
John Calley .... producer
Robert Greenhut .... executive producer
Neil A. Machlis .... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
Susan MacNair .... associate producer (as Sue McNair)
Mike Nichols .... producer
Original Music by
Carly Simon 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein  (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
Art Direction by
Kandy Stern 
Set Decoration by
Chris Butler  (as Chris A. Butler)
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Lynda Gurasich .... hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... makeup artist
Cheri Minns .... makeup artist
Greg Cannom .... special makeup artist: Shirley Maclaine (uncredited)
Production Management
Neil A. Machlis .... unit production manager (as Neil Machlis)
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Haley .... first assistant director
Nathalie Vadim .... second assistant director
Art Department
C.J. Maguire .... property master
James F. Orendorff .... construction coordinator
Mark Boucher .... props (uncredited)
Charles William Breen .... set designer (uncredited)
David B. Brenner .... foreman (uncredited)
Frank L. Brown .... asst prop master (uncredited)
Dan Dorfer .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... supervising sound editor
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer
Steve Cantamessa .... boom operator
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer
Michael Jacobi .... adr editor
Ellis Burman .... re-recording mixer (restored version) (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Alan E. Lorimer .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process projection
Camera and Electrical Department
Florian Ballhaus .... first assistant camera
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator
David James .... still photographer
Tom May .... key grip (as Thomas May)
James R. Tynes .... chief lighting technician
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Randy Nolen .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Lowell Peterson .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Bradford Ralston .... video assist operator (uncredited)
John 'Fest' Sandau .... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Jeff Zucker .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gary Jones .... assistant costume designer
Eddie Marks .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Kris Cole .... assistant editor
Location Management
Ken Lavet .... location manager (as Kenneth D. Lavet)
Music Department
Blue Rodeo .... musician
Frank Filipetti .... music producer
Jack Lee .... musical coach: Ms. MacLaine
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Paul Samwell-Smith .... music producer
David Sharpe .... vocal effects (as David Sharpe's Totally Looped Group)
Howard Shore .... music supervisor: musical numbers
Brian Eddolls .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joel Marrow .... transportation coordinator
Rob Marshall .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Other crew
Diane Bandolas .... production accountant
Ilean Helland .... assistant: Mr. Nichols
Michele Imperato .... production coordinator
Helen Robin .... assistant: Mr. Greenhut
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor (as Marshall I. Schlom)
Doug Taylor .... publicist
Susan J. Bonno-Buckner .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Carlos Garcia .... caterer (uncredited)
Laura Petticord .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
101 min | Canada:95 min (edited version)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Carly Simon's film score was recycled from her 1990 song "Have You Seen Me Lately".See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Suzanne speaks to the pianist before performing, "you don't know me", there is a clearly visible red tape mark on the ground to instruct her where to stand.See more »
Doris Mann:Never let 'em see you ache. That's what Mr. Mayer used to say. Or was it "ass"? Never let 'em see your ass.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Five Easy Pieces (1970)See more »
I Love to Be UnhappySee more »


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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Autumn Sonata Hollywood Style, 30 December 2007
Author: claudiaeilcinema from Italy

Debiee Reynolds/Carrie Fisher or MacLaine/Streep? It doesn't really matter. A comedy that swims around a theme without ever getting anywhere. To see Streep and MacLaine together is enough to make this a collector's item. The cheerful side of the Ingrid Bergman/Liv Ullman grim Ingman Bergman "Autumn Sonata" I know that Carrie Fisher with her American wit was telling us something, something personal but did it have to be so shallow? There is nothing about this characters with a hint of depth. Drugs and alcohol part of a culture in permanent denial. Maybe that's what it is. We're witnessing the replicas of what used to be human beings. The hurt is so flimsy. He may have told a million women that they smelled like Catalina, so what? Didn't she notice the phoniness in Dennis Quaid's smirk? I had to rush and see "Plenty" and stare into Meryl Streep's face to be reminded of her greatness. Not that she's bad here, not at all, she's wonderful, it's the character that made me recoil in horror. Okay, enough of that. the combination of MacLaine and Streep is terrific and the film will keep you entertained even if, like in my case, will leave you with a toxic aftertaste.

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