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The Postman (1997)

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A nameless drifter dons a postman's uniform and bag of mail as he begins a quest to inspire hope to the survivors living in post-apocalyptic America.

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Kevin Costner

Writers:

David Brin (novel), Eric Roth (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... The Postman
Will Patton ... General Bethlehem
Larenz Tate ... Ford Lincoln Mercury
Olivia Williams ... Abby
James Russo ... Idaho
Daniel von Bargen ... Pineview Sheriff Briscoe
Tom Petty ... Bridge City Mayor
Scott Bairstow ... Luke
Giovanni Ribisi ... Bandit 20
Roberta Maxwell ... Irene March
Joe Santos ... Colonel Getty
Ron McLarty ... Old George
Peggy Lipton ... Ellen March
Brian Anthony Wilson ... Woody
Todd Allen ... Gibbs
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Storyline

2013,Post-Apocalyptic America. An unnamed wanderer retrieves a Postman's uniform and undelivered bag of mail. He decides to pose as a postman and deliver the mail to a nearby town, bluffing that the United States government has been reinstated and tricking the town into feeding him. However, he reluctantly becomes a symbol of hope to the townspeople there who begin to remember the world that once was and giving them the courage to stand up to a tyrannical warlord and his army.

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It is 2013. War has crippled the Earth. Technology has been erased. Our only hope is an unlikely hero. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El mensajero See more »

Filming Locations:

Amado, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,260,324, 28 December 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,626,234
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Kevin Costner does a duet with Amy Grant, performing "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" over the end credits. See more »

Goofs

When the soon-to-be Postman removes the jacket from the skeletal remains of the actual mail carrier, an oil lighter falls from a pocket. With difficulties, it lights...although it shouldn't have lighted at all. These lighters are far from air-tight, and the fluid in it would have long before evaporated. See more »

Quotes

The Postman: [shivering in the postal van, sees a skeleton] Hi, how you doing?
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Innocence (1998) See more »

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The Sound Of Music
Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
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A Very good post-apocalyptic film
28 August 2002 | by comet_chaser9See all my reviews

This film was excellent. The acting ranged from average to good, the fight scenes were convincing, the costume design was superve, and the set design phenomenal. The problem with this film is, that it's sci-fi, and as we all know, sci-fi has that nasty habit of making people think. And hay, who likes to do that nowadays? This film asks the question...what if, right now, all of civilization fell apart. no more super-market, no more police, no more government. The truth of all things would be revealed...money would be just green paper, your television would be a piece of junk, and everything that you lived for would take a back seat to survival. Who would you be? a Warrior, a wonderer, a tyrant, a diplomat? would the meek inhereit the earth? would the rich and powerful be pathetic and powerless when their paper-empires crumble in the nuclear war? and America...would that dream of the land of the free, home of the brave survive after it's government has been destroyed? and who would preserve it? who would insure that after the End, the government of the people, by the people and for the people would not parish from the Earth? would you? This film is a must-see for thinking people...for all you brainless slaves of the critics...stay home and watch Titanick(Hurl!) for the tenth time.


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