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The Postman (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  25 December 1997 (USA)
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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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In the year 2013 civilization has all but destroyed itself. After a war that decimated the government and most of the population of the United States (possibly the world) people struggle to survive against starvation and rogue groups of armed men. One such group is called the Holnists. This group is bigger than any other and their leader, General Bethlehem, has delusions of ruling the country. A drifter is captured by the group and forced to join. He escapes at the first chance and happens on a mail jeep with a skeleton in it. The skeleton is wearing a postal uniform and the drifter takes it to keep him warm. He also finds a mailbag and starts conning people with old letters. The hope he sees in the people he delivers to changes his plans and he decides that he must help bring the Holnists down. Written by <KingVegeta8@yahoo.com>

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It is 2013. War has crippled the Earth. Technology has been erased. Our only hope is an unlikely hero. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Postman  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£198,021 (UK) (20 February 1998)

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Did You Know?


In the sequence where Kevin Costner's character names Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) as President, he continues with another reference to The Beatles by telling the assembly "It's getting better. Getting better all the time" from the band's song "Getting Better". See more »


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 »


Postman: I know you. You're... famous.
Bridge City Mayor: I was once... sorta.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jon Lovitz/Jane's Addiction (1997) See more »


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User Reviews

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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