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 ... 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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Having a wonderful time, wish I were here.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Meryl Streep did her own singing. 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 »

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Simon Asquith: I just wish we could get her to stop eating so much. I suppose having to do without drugs, she has to do something. Do ya think we could get her to start smoking?
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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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Mike who?
4 September 2004 | by costa205See all my reviews

Postcards From The Edge is one of my all-time favorites. It's a truly addictive movie that's always funny and touching no matter how many times I see it. Some of the criticism I've read have always seemed just a tad off base, particularly the ones that say that Streep never seems to get a handle on her character--she just acts kind of comically frazzled. Well I think that's the point, isn't it? Streep as Fisher doesn't know what she wants or who she is, and while trying to discover these things, she must battle her drug dependence, rebuild her career against all odds and hope, in addition to trying to reconcile her relationship with her outlandishly domineering mother, who just happens to be a legendary star with issues of her own. In this scenario, "frazzled" would seem to be the way to go.

In any case, those who have commented positively on the movie have mostly mentioned the great performances (as well as Carrie Fisher's wonderful screenplay), and rightly so since this is one the most smartly acted (and well-written) movies you will ever see. But it seems strange that the outstanding direction of Mike Nichols is rarely mentioned. I remember one Oscar ceremony when a producer whose movie had just won Best Picture, and, indeed, swept all the major awards--except Best Director--said "apparently the Academy thinks that the actors directed themselves." It would seem that many of the viewers of Postcards From The Edge think the same thing. In my opinion, Nichols doesn't get enough credit for the seamless way this movie moves or for the crispness of the comic timing. At every turn, he brings out the best in his actors, most especially in the dynamic scenes involving Streep and McLaine. I also love the way he shows, through shifting background effects, how movie illusions are created, which he further uses to illustrate how we often hide our true motivations. (The great example of this is in the scene on the lot with Streep and Dennis Quaid where he was trying to convince her he has always been sincere in his feelings for her--and maybe they should even marry. Then suddenly the background, a house and white picket fence cardboard front, is moved away by a production crew.)

This is a wonderfully entertaining movie, brilliantly acted and written and, yes, superbly directed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Postcards from the Edge See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,871,856, 16 September 1990

Gross USA:

$39,071,603

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,071,603
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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