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Postmark Paradise (2000)

 -  Comedy  -  3 March 2000 (USA)
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The Dirty Shame is the only bar in the small town of Paradise, Michigan. A burnt out, chain-smoking fortyish bar maid is the only waitress at The Dirty Shame. A group of local red necks ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Vincent Angelini ...
Randall Godwin ...
Elmer Cardinal ...
Red Dog
Donald Phelan ...
Bill Selzer ...
Joanee Schreves ...
Rocky Rector ...
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The Dirty Shame is the only bar in the small town of Paradise, Michigan. A burnt out, chain-smoking fortyish bar maid is the only waitress at The Dirty Shame. A group of local red necks conspiring to bring a mail order bride to their Midwest town for their ne'er-do-well leader set the story in motion. These red necks trick Viktoria, a beautiful, bright girl from Ukraine, into coming to their town. The fact that her husband-to-be is a yet to be reformed misogynist twice her age, puts a kink in Viktoria's plan to start a new life in America. When Reenie reluctantly takes the new girl in, she discovers Viktoria has no ticket home. Trying to help Viktoria earn her way home, Reenie finds a less than willing pupil in the ways of middle America life. As the two women struggle to overcome barriers in language, culture, age, and life experience, strong bonds of friendship form. As each crafts their respective versions of the American dream, Paradise and those inhabit it, adapt to Viktoria more... Written by B. Elliot Grysen <>

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The next time these boys import a Russian bride, maybe they'll know what to expect.



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Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »




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The scriptwriter, Dan Slider, has a brief cameo in the film, albeit in a photograph. Slider was Rita's "Husband #3", the husband with whom Rita bore a child. See more »


Ride With Me
With permission from Glenwater Music ASCAP
Al Weener and Tom Vandenberg
With P.S. Hungerford and Michael Sweeney
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Postmark Paradise
24 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie was not bad at all, and the acting was just fine. The only thing that bothered me was that it did not look like Paradise, Michigan at all. Unless of course there is another Paradise other than the one in the Upper Penninsula. Does anyone know? I am familiar with the Grand Rapids area, too, and know where The Dirty Shame Bar is located, but I'm just confused about if the Paradise I know of (just south of Whitefish Point where the Edmund Fitzgerald went down in the 1970s in Lake Superior) is the same village as what was portrayed on the movie. It just did not look familiar at all. I know that sometimes there are places with almost the same name (i.e. Garden and Garden City), so am wondering if this is the case with this movie or not. I don't know why this bugs me so much, but I'm curious as heck! And I'd like to know where the other Paradise is.

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