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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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Suzanne Vale
Doris Mann
Jack Faulkner
Lowell Kolchek
Doctor Frankenthal
Joe Pierce
Evelyn Ames
Simon Asquith
Marty Wiener
Julie Marsden (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Sidney Armus ...
Sid Roth
George Lazan
Wardrobe Mistress
Neil Bleene
Robert Munch
Mark Lowenthal ...
Michael Byers ...
Ted (as J.D. Souther)
Make-up Man (as Roy Helland)
Michael Haley ...
Assistant Director (as R.M. Haley)
Kathleen Gray ...
Gloria Crayton ...
Maid at Party
Gary Matanky ...
Sound Editor
Sound Editor
Young Intern
Passport Official
Friend at Airport (as Natalia Nogulich)
Susan Forristal ...
Friend at Airport
Airline Employee (as Evelina Fernandez)
Neil A. Machlis ...
Rob Sonnenfeld (as Neil Machlis)
Gary Jones ...
Fan at Party
Jane Galloway ...
Assistant Director
Jason Tomlins ...
Shelley Kirk ...
First Lady
Jessica Z. Diamond ...
Script Supervisor
Scott Frankel ...
Pianist at Party
Sheridan Leatherbury ...
Ken Gutstein ...
Director of Photography
James Deeth ...
Helicopter Pilot
Robert Marshall ...
Helicopter Pilot
Blue Rodeo Band
Greg Keelor ...
Blue Rodeo Band
Bazil Donovan ...
Blue Rodeo Band
Mark French ...
Blue Rodeo Band
Bob Wiseman ...
Blue Rodeo Band (as Bob Weiseman)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jorga Caye ...
Western Bar Patron (uncredited)
Lorenzo Gaspar ...
Gardner (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Cowperson (uncredited)
Carrie Jachnuk ...
Fan at Party (uncredited)
Soundman (uncredited)
Fred Moon ...
Air Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Emergency Room Attendant (uncredited)
Raymond Storti ...
Stagehand (uncredited)

Directed by

Mike Nichols

Written by

Carrie Fisher ... (book)
Carrie Fisher ... (screenplay)

Produced by

John Calley ... producer
Robert Greenhut ... executive producer
Neil A. Machlis ... executive producer (as Neil Machlis)
Susan MacNair ... associate producer (as Sue McNair)
Mike Nichols ... producer

Music by

Carly Simon

Cinematography by

Michael Ballhaus ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Sam O'Steen

Editorial Department

Kris Cole ... assistant editor
Marc Wielage ... telecine colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

Ellen Lewis
Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

Patrizia von Brandenstein ... (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)

Art Direction by

Kandy Stern

Set Decoration by

Chris Butler ... (as Chris A. Butler)

Costume Design by

Ann Roth

Makeup Department

Lynda Gurasich ... hair stylist
J. Roy Helland ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Cheri Minns ... makeup artist
Greg Cannom ... special makeup artist: Shirley Maclaine (uncredited)

Production Management

Neil A. Machlis ... unit production manager (as Neil Machlis)
Chantal Feghali ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Michael Haley ... first assistant director
Nathalie Vadim ... second assistant director

Art Department

C.J. Maguire ... property master
James F. Orendorff ... construction coordinator
Mark Boucher ... props (uncredited)
Charles William Breen ... set designer (uncredited)
David B. Brenner ... foreman (uncredited)
Frank L. Brown ... asst prop master (uncredited)
Dan Dorfer ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Joseph G. Pacelli Jr. ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

Stan Bochner ... supervising sound editor
Gene S. Cantamessa ... production sound mixer
Steve Cantamessa ... boom operator
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer
Michael Jacobi ... adr editor
Ellis Burman III ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Alan E. Lorimer ... special effects coordinator (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Bill Hansard ... process projection

Camera and Electrical Department

Florian Ballhaus ... first assistant camera
David M. Dunlap ... camera operator
David James ... still photographer
Tom May ... key grip (as Thomas May)
John Murphy ... grip
James R. Tynes ... chief lighting technician
Steve Venetis ... electrician
Adam Glick ... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Randy Nolen ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Lowell Peterson ... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Bradford Ralston ... video assist operator (uncredited)
John 'Fest' Sandau ... assistant chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Jeff Zucker ... rigging gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Gary Jones ... assistant costume designer
Eddie Marks ... costume supervisor
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell ... key on-set costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

Ken Lavet ... location manager (as Kenneth D. Lavet)

Music Department

Blue Rodeo ... musician
Frank Filipetti ... music producer
Jack Lee ... musical coach: Ms. MacLaine
Suzana Peric ... music editor
Paul Samwell-Smith ... music producer
David Sharpe ... vocal effects (as David Sharpe's Totally Looped Group)
Howard Shore ... music supervisor: musical numbers
Brian Eddolls ... music preparation (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor (as Marshall I. Schlom)

Transportation Department

Joel Marrow ... transportation coordinator
Rob Marshall ... helicopter pilot (uncredited)

Other crew

Diane Bandolas ... production accountant
Ilean Helland ... assistant: Mr. Nichols
Michele Imperato ... production coordinator
Helen Robin ... assistant: Mr. Greenhut
Doug Taylor ... publicist
Susan J. Bonno-Buckner ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Carlos Garcia ... caterer (uncredited)
Laura Petticord ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Bons baisers d'Hollywood (France)
  • Grüße aus Hollywood (Germany)
  • Grüsse aus Hollywood (Germany)
  • Postals des de Hollywood (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Postales desde el filo (Spain)
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  • 101 min
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Budget $22,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The story line is based on Carrie Fisher's own life and battle with fame, family and addiction. See more »
Goofs When Suzanne speaks to the pianist before performing, "you don't know me", there is a clearly visible red tape mark on the ground to instruct her where to stand. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Postcards from the Edge/Saving Grace/White Hunter, Black Heart/After Dark, My Sweet (1990). See more »
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Quotes Doris: Will you please tell me what is this awful thing I did to you when you were a child!
Suzanne: Okay, you want to know? Do you?
Doris: I want to know! Tell me!
Suzanne: Okay, FINE! From the time I was 9 years old, you gave me sleeping pills!
Doris: That was over-the-counter medication, and I gave it to you because you couldn't sleep!
Suzanne: Mom! You don't give children sleeping pills when they can't sleep!
Doris: They were not sleeping pills! It was store-bought and it was perfectly SAFE! Now don't blame ME for your drug-taking! I do not blame my mother for my misfortunes or for my drinking!
Suzanne: Well, you don't acknowledge that you drink. How could you possibly blame your mother for something you don't even do? Remember my 17th birthday party when you lifted your skirt up in front of all those people, including that guy, Michael?
Doris: I did not lift my skirt, it TWIRLED UP! You only remember the bad stuff, don't you? What about the big band that I got to play at that party? Do you remember that? No! You only remembered that my skirt accidentally TWIRLED UP!
Suzanne: And you weren't wearing any underwear.
Doris: Well...
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