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The Postman (1997)

A nameless drifter dons a postman's uniform and bag of mail as he begins a quest to inspire hope to the survivors living in post-apocalyptic America.

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2013,Post-Apocalyptic America. An unnamed wanderer retrieves a Postman's uniform and undelivered bag of mail. He decides to pose as a postman and deliver the mail to a nearby town, bluffing that the United States government has been reinstated and tricking the town into feeding him. However, he reluctantly becomes a symbol of hope to the townspeople there who begin to remember the world that once was and giving them the courage to stand up to a tyrannical warlord and his army.

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The year is 2013. One man walked in off the horizon and hope came with him. See more »


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Rated R for violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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25 December 1997 (USA)  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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$5,260,324 (USA) (26 December 1997)

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$17,593,391 (USA) (13 February 1998)
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The 1st feature film based on a science fiction/fantasy book to star Olivia Williams. The film is based on the book of the same name by David Brin. Olivia Williams would later go on to star as Mam Ward in Seventh Son (2015), which was based on the fantasy book "The Spook's Apprentice" by Joseph Delaney. See more »

Goofs

When Ford-Lincoln-Mercury and the postal carrier from California (Clark) are about to be executed, and Ford introduces himself, we flash to a distance shot, in which we see Clark remove his hat. We then flash to a closeup, and Clark removes his hat again. See more »

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[Hours after The Postman arrived in town, a woman has asked to have his child]
The Postman: It's gotta be the uniform.
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Referenced in En kort en lang (2001) See more »

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Once This Was The Promise Land
Written by John Coinman
Produced by Jono Manson
Performed by John Coinman
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A much better movie than the "user ratings" would indicate.
21 November 1999 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie twice, and it is overall better than 80% of the trash movies being released these days.

Those of you familiar with statistics and "normal" distributions, look at the "user ratings" for this movie. A full 12% give it a "1" rating, which is obviously bogus. Look at the shape of the distribution, and you'll see that the valid rating for this movie is somewhere between 7 and 8, which are the most "common" ratings, which makes perfect sense. A 7.5 on a 10 point scale is where most people would rate it.

It has such an uplifting story of a re-construction after a war, and banning together to fight evil, that I don't see how anyone with a heart could give it less than about 6 or 7. See it if you haven't already!


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