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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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Credited cast:
Vincent Angelini ...
Randall Godwin ...
Elmer Cardinal ...
Red Dog
Donald Phelan ...
Bill Selzer ...
Joanee Schreves ...
Photographer (as Richard 'Rocky' Rector)
Anne Marie Schreiber ...
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Todd Lewis ...


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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Did You Know?


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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With permission from Glenwater Music ASCAP
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With P.S. Hungerford and Michael Sweeney
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26 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wrote this screenplay. It was my sixth screenplay and my only to make it to celluloid. I also worked on the set as assistant director. We had a young and eager crew and cast.

A lot of good lines fell to the floor -- some to pacing, some to poor performance, some to my inability to communicate my vision to the cast and director.

Here's my favorite lost line: Jake tells Viktoria "We'll get you home. If Chick has to swim the Bering Strait pulling a rowboat with a rope between his teeth, I promise, we'll get you home." After considering his promise, Viktoria replies, "Atlantic would be longer swim."

The exteriors were shot in a small town southeast of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The interiors were done on the director's sound stage in Cascade, Michigan.

Natalia Nazarova has gone on to become a successful screenwriter in Moscow. I have lost touch with Tantoo Cardinal.

Watching the film is like watching one of my children. It's hard to see them stumble forward in life, sometimes making the right choice, sometimes not. But I am fortunate and proud that they are out there trying.

In response to the questions raised by lyonslib, it could have been set in any small town anywhere. When it came time to choose the name of the town, we went for Paradise for the implications, not the location, and unfortunately, our duct tape, tinfoil and, chewing gum budget did not allow us to move the cast and crew to the Upper Penninsula for filming. Already facing the challenge of writing a story where the central character was a young Russian girl, I choose not to refer to the actual Paradise and not to paint the locals as Yoopers. There are a few references to locations near the small town of Freeport where we were shooting (Gun Lake, Cascade, East Grand Rapids).

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