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Postcards from the Edge (1990)

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A substance-addicted actress tries to look on the bright side even as she is forced to move back in with her mother to avoid unemployment.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Carrie Fisher (book), Carrie Fisher (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Suzanne Vale
Shirley MacLaine ... Doris Mann
Dennis Quaid ... Jack Faulkner
Gene Hackman ... Lowell Kolchek
Richard Dreyfuss ... Doctor Frankenthal
Rob Reiner ... Joe Pierce
Mary Wickes ... Grandma
Conrad Bain ... Grandpa
Annette Bening ... Evelyn Ames
Simon Callow ... Simon Asquith
Gary Morton Gary Morton ... Marty Wiener
CCH Pounder ... Julie Marsden (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Sidney Armus Sidney Armus ... Sid Roth
Robin Bartlett ... Aretha
Barbara Garrick ... Carol
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Storyline

Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox center her film company insists, as a condition of continuing to employ her, that she live with her mother, Doris Mann, who was once a star and now a champion drinker. Such a set-up is bad news for her as she has struggled for years to get out of Doris' shadow, who still treats her like a child. Despite these problems and further ones involving the men in in her life, she can begin to see the funny side of her situation, and it also starts to occur to her that not only do daughters have mothers, mothers do too. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Having a wonderful time, wish I were here.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Recuerdos de Hollywood See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$37,963,281
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the request of Mike Nichols, Stephen Sondheim wrote special lyrics to his song "I'm Still Here" for Shirley MacLaine to perform. See more »

Goofs

Shirley's head-scarf changes from loose to firmly fastened between shots at the hospital. See more »

Quotes

Doris: Will you please tell me what is this awful thing I did to you when you were a child!
Suzanne: Okay, you want to know? Do you?
Doris: I want to know! Tell me!
Suzanne: Okay, FINE! From the time I was 9 years old, you gave me sleeping pills!
Doris: That was over-the-counter medication, and I gave it to you because you couldn't sleep!
Suzanne: Mom! You don't give children sleeping pills when they can't sleep!
Doris: They were not sleeping pills! It was store-bought and it was perfectly SAFE! Now don't blame ME for your drug-taking! I do not ...
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Connections

Featured in Carrie Fisher: Wishful Drinking (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Checkin' Out
Written by Shel Silverstein
Performed by Meryl Streep and Blue Rodeo
Blue Rodeo appears courtesy of Risque Disque, Inc.
WEA Music of Canada, Ltd.
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Meryl Streep is a comic genius!
11 November 2003 | by Julia_DavisSee all my reviews

Meryl Streep, cast against type in a comedic role plays Suzanne Vale, an actress struggling with drug addiction and a difficult relationship with her alcholic has-been singer/actress mother played by Shirley McClaine. The film starts with Vale, making a film, high as a kite and making a mess of her scenes, then she overdoses and is put into rehab.

Following her rehab stint, she is forced to live with her mother in order to be able to keep her job on a new film. Her mother tells her that she is making all the wrong career moves, stays up all night waiting for to come home from a date and generally otherwise makes her life very difficult. I won't give away anymore of the plot than that. Streep and McClaine are amazing here, and suprisingly, Streep can sing, very well.


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