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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)

Gross USA:

$37,963,281
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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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Trivia

Although Meryl Streep did her own singing for this movie, she did not repeat her performance of Shel Silverstein's Oscar-nominated song "I'm Checkin' Out" at the Academy Awards ceremony because she was very close to giving birth to her fourth child. Country star Reba McEntire performed the song at the ceremony instead, despite the fact that eight of her friends and band members had died in a plane crash just a week and a half earlier. "I'm Checkin' Out" did not win Best Song that year; the song that won instead was "Sooner or Later" from Dick Tracy, which had music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim had also created specially tailored lyrics for his Follies song "I'm Still Here" specifically to be sung by Shirley MacLaine in Postcards from the Edge. 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

Suzanne: Do you know Jack Faulkner?
Evelyn Ames: [laughs] Oh, yeah.
Suzanne: You've... slept with him?
Evelyn Ames: Well, I don't know how much of a rest I got. Wait, he hasn't got...?
Suzanne: No! Oh, God, I hope not.
Evelyn Ames: You scared me. I thought maybe you were from some celebrity AIDS notification board or something.
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Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.75 (2009) 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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This movie TWIRLED UP!
13 March 1999 | by Heidi-15See 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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