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Postmark Paradise (2000)

R | | 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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Elmer Cardinal ...
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Merle
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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 <bgrysen@grysen.com>

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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 »

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I Guess I've Come to Live Here in Your Eyes
Written and Performed by Willie Nelson
Used courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets Publ.
Published by Windswept Pacific Songs
On behalf of Full Nelson Music, Inc.
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Absolutely wonderful screenplay!
19 March 2004 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Despite its comedy theme, Postmark Paradise is moving and profound. Through twists in the plot, screenwriter Dan Slider managed to make this story anything but predictable.

Tantoo Cardinal and Natalia Nazarova were perfectly cast for their roles. While the rest of the cast were relative unknowns, that's the way this movie needed to be to effectively depict life in a backwoods Michigan town.

Winner of the East Lansing Film Festival, the movie was a constant sell-out. Sell-out crowds also attended Postmark Paradise when it was shown in our small community to raise funds for the local library. After seeing it, everybody I saw exiting the theater voiced high praise for Postmark Paradise.

Like "The Full Monty" this film is a sleeping giant that will be a hit through word of mouth.


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