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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 ...
Photographer (as Richard 'Rocky' Rector)
Anne Marie Schreiber ...


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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3 March 2000 (USA)  »

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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 »


Embroidered Rooster
Writer unknown, Centuries old Russian folk song
Russian Lyrics adopted by:
Natalia Nazarova
Arrangement by Orbert Davis
Produced by Orbert Davis and Mark Ingram for Orbark Productions, Chicago, IL
Sung by Natalia Nazarova from her debut
world Album 'Listen With your Heart'
Patrick J. Ferreri, acoustic, Balalaik Nylm-String
Larry Gray, bass
David Jones, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute
Leddie Garcia, percussion
Rachel Handlin, violin
David Belden, violin
Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff, viola
Peter Szczepanek, cello
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An unexpected pleasure.
22 January 2007 | by (Grand Rapids, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie thinking it was a romance,but it's really more of a charming slice of life. The fact that is was made in my home state of Michigan increased it's appeal to me. The acting was hit and miss, some actors much stronger than others. Natalie Nazrova,as Viktoria,the Ukrainian mail order bride was sympathetic and well acted. After checking IMDb, I see Tantoo Cardinal,the other lead character has a long list of credits. I was surprised because she seemed stiff and it was difficult sometimes to read her emotions.Perhaps that's how they wanted the character of Reenie played.The cinematography was good and the plot kept my interest. I would recommend it to anyone who likes small independent films with realistic settings and characters, and to any Michigan native.

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