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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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Details

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)

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the ABC News show "20/20 (1978)" aired shortly after the deaths of Reynolds and Fisher, Debbie Reynolds is reported by an editorial director for "People" and "Entertainment Weekly" as stating that she was not like Doris Mann, as portrayed by Shirley Maclaine, deeming that woman to be sort of angry, while Reynolds considered herself to be very sunny. Also, in the "Orlando Sentinel", she claims that she doesn't drink vodka for breakfast, and never crashed her car into a tree. See more »

Goofs

Lowell tells Suzanne that none of the airport scene can be saved because it was shot without any cutaways. However, the scene is obviously edited as the characters jump about 3 feet farther from the camera as they walk from past a pole between the ticket counter and the passport control desk. See more »

Quotes

Neil Bleene: I've been in the theatre. I'm actually a theatre director. Sometimes certain line-readings apply. Like in comedy, it is a rule. Inflections go up at the end.
Suzanne Vale: That's a comedy RULE?
Neil Bleene: Well, not so much rule as guideline.
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Connections

References What a Way to Go! (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

You Don't Know Me
Written by Cindy Walker (as C. Walker) and Eddy Arnold (as E. Arnold)
Performed by Meryl Streep
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Wonderfully Nutty
8 March 2003 | by spinbunnySee all my reviews

Meryl Streep is just about the best actress around and this, I think, is one of my favourite performances by her. (so far). Why? Because she is not playing her usual self -- she is a total nut case in this film --- neurotic and downright hilarious. Much like 2002's "Adaption" she is playing against her normal dramatic type and is a wonderful comedienne -- a role she should play more often --- actresses usually playing actresses usually are not memorable --- this is a "keeper" role --- and what a voice. (had she not been an actress, she could give most singers these days a run for their money!) Do rent it and laugh --- it is worth the trip to the video store!


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