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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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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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14 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Recuerdos de Hollywood  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,963,281
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Like Carrie Fisher, Meryl Streep was also considered for the role of a science fiction heroine. She was considered for the role of Ripley in Alien (1979) before Sigourney Weaver was cast. See more »

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

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Suzanne: [knowingly] Irish person. You just drink to relax. You just enjoy your wine. I know, you've told me, mother. You don't want me to be a singer. You're the singer, you're the performer. I can't possibly compete with you. What if somebody won? You want me to do well... just not better than you.
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Referenced in Gabriel's Fire: Postcards from the Faultline (1991) See more »

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I Love to Be Unhappy
Written by Gilda Radner & Paul Shaffer
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Wonderfully Nutty
8 March 2003 | by See 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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