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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.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Suzanne Vale
... Doris Mann
... Jack Faulkner
... Lowell Kolchek
... Doctor Frankenthal
... Joe Pierce
... Grandma
... Grandpa
... Evelyn Ames
... Simon Asquith
Gary Morton ... Marty Wiener
... Julie Marsden (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Sidney Armus ... Sid Roth
... Aretha
... 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, herself once a star and now a champion drinker. Such a set-up is bad news for Suzanne who has struggled for years to get out of her mother's shadow, and who finds her mother still treats her like a child. Despite these problems - and further ones involving the men in in her life - Suzanne 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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Having a wonderful time, wish I were here.

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Comedy | Drama

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14 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Recuerdos de Hollywood  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$37,963,281
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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

The Texas flags on the set of Suzanne's country video are displayed incorrectly. The state code since 1933 says the red stripe should be on the right side when the flag is hung on a wall vertically. Both flags visible in this scene have the red strip on the left side. See more »

Quotes

Doris Mann: So you said you have a ranch?
Jack Faulkner: Yeah, out in Malibu.
Doris Mann: If all ranchers looked like you, there wouldn't be many crops.
Jack Faulkner: Depends on what you're raising.
Doris Mann: Certainly not doubts!
[both laugh, Suzanne enters]
Doris Mann: Oh, I was just coming to get you, your little friend is here.
Suzanne Vale: Can I speak to you for a moment in private?
Doris Mann: Excuse me, my daughter wants to speak to me.
[both step into alcove]
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Connections

References The Sheik (1921) See more »

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I'm Still Here
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Shirley MacLaine
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This movie TWIRLED UP!
13 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a very addictive movie. It got me hooked on its genuine and rich characters, sassy and intelligent dialogue that made fun of a serious subject. The performances were spectacular, not only by Streep and Maclaine, but also by the veteran Mary Wickes, Dennis Quaid and Robin Bartlett as Aretha ("my parents expected me to be black"). All of the cameos were enjoyable and added SO much to this fabulous film. It's refreshing to see Streep do something where you don't need to buy out a store's tissue supply to get through the movie. And Maclaine shines as this disturbed yet determined matriarch. I like almost everything about this film. Especially the singing at the end, and Maclaine's rendition of "I'm Still Here"

Great Movie!


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