6.1/10
67,270
420 user 85 critic

The Postman (1997)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Kevin Costner

Writers:

David Brin (novel), Eric Roth (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
3,295 ( 126)
7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Waterworld (1995)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Stars: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper
The Bodyguard (1992)
Action | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to an R&B singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President's.

Director: Mick Jackson
Stars: Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When Robin and his Moorish companion come to England and the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he decides to fight back as an outlaw.

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Stars: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Wyatt Earp (1994)
Adventure | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The story of Wyatt Earp as he interacts and battles other famous figures of the Wild West era.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman
Tin Cup (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his successful rival's girlfriend.

Director: Ron Shelton
Stars: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner
Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene
Open Range (2003)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.

Director: Kevin Costner
Stars: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Diego Luna
The Guardian I (2006)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A high school swim champion with a troubled past enrolls in the U.S. Coast Guard's "A" School, where legendary rescue swimmer Ben Randall teaches him some hard lessons about loss, love, and self-sacrifice.

Director: Andrew Davis
Stars: Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After 19 years of playing the game he's loved his whole life, Detroit Tigers pitcher Billy Chapel has to decide if he's going to risk everything and put everything out there.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A gang of ex-cons rob a casino during Elvis convention week.

Director: Demian Lichtenstein
Stars: Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Courteney Cox
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author.

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Kidnapped boy Phillip Perry (T.J. Lowther) strikes up a friendship with his captor Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner): an escaped convict on the run from the law, while the search is headed up by honorable Texas Ranger "Red" Garrett (Clint Eastwood).

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern
Edit

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The year is 2013. One man walked in off the horizon and hope came with him. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It is hinted that the Bridge City Mayor (Tom Petty) is Tom Petty when The Postman says to him "I know you. You're - famous." which he replies "I was once". See more »

Goofs

When Ford-Lincoln-Mercury and the postal carrier from California (Clark) are about to be executed, and Ford introduces himself, we flash to a distance shot, in which we see Clark remove his hat. We then flash to a closeup, and Clark removes his hat again. See more »

Quotes

General Bethlehem: Law one. You will obey orders without question. Law two: Punishment shall be swift. Law three: Mercy is for the weak. Four: Terror will defeat reason. Five: Your allegiance is to the clan. Six: Justice can be dictated. Seven: Any clansman may challenge for leadership of the clan. Law eight: There is only one penalty. Death.
See more »


Soundtracks

You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
Written by John Sebastian and Steve Boone
Produced and Performed by Jono Manson
Courtesy of Paradigm Records
See more »

User Reviews

 
See it, then decide
15 August 2002 | by tony etchellsSee all my reviews

It's a depressing fact that the moviegoing public is being brainwashed by critics to hate everything involving Kevin Costner. When released in 1997 this breathtaking, thought-provoking epic was largely ignored and limped to a box office gross of $14 million, thanks to some vicious reviews.

Lest we forget, Costner made the magnificent Dances With Wolves, but that was in the days when we were told it was okay to like him. His directorial follow up is every bit as good. He knows about directing. He coaxes great performances from his casts. He has real vision and takes chances. Like Michael Cimino, his efforts are belittled and mocked while directors with clearly less talent are applauded.

So to all those people who stayed away in droves and screw their faces up at the mention of this film, I say watch it before you criticise it. Don't rely on some magazine writer to tell you who's good and who's not. Your brain is there for a reason.


450 of 540 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 420 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Postman See more »

Filming Locations:

Amado, Arizona, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,260,324, 28 December 1997

Gross USA:

$17,626,234

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,626,234
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed