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Postmark Paradise (2000)

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The Dirty Shame is the only bar in the small town of Paradise, Michigan. A burnt out, chain-smoking fortyish bar maid is the only waitress at The Dirty Shame. A group of local red necks ... See full summary »


Thompson E. Clay


Dan Slider
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Cast overview:
Tantoo Cardinal ... Reenie
Natalya Nazarova ... Viktoria
Vincent Angelini Vincent Angelini ... Jake
Randall Godwin Randall Godwin ... Chick
Dale Inghram ... Matt
Elmer Cardinal Elmer Cardinal ... Red Dog
Donald Phelan Donald Phelan ... Bud
Bill Selzer Bill Selzer ... Sweeney
Todd Lewis ... Merle
Joanee Schreves Joanee Schreves ... Beautician
Rocky Rector ... Photographer (as Richard 'Rocky' Rector)
Anne Marie Schreiber Anne Marie Schreiber ... Newscaster


The Dirty Shame is the only bar in the small town of Paradise, Michigan. A burnt out, chain-smoking fortyish bar maid is the only waitress at The Dirty Shame. A group of local red necks conspiring to bring a mail order bride to their Midwest town for their ne'er-do-well leader set the story in motion. These red necks trick Viktoria, a beautiful, bright girl from Ukraine, into coming to their town. The fact that her husband-to-be is a yet to be reformed misogynist twice her age, puts a kink in Viktoria's plan to start a new life in America. When Reenie reluctantly takes the new girl in, she discovers Viktoria has no ticket home. Trying to help Viktoria earn her way home, Reenie finds a less than willing pupil in the ways of middle America life. As the two women struggle to overcome barriers in language, culture, age, and life experience, strong bonds of friendship form. As each crafts their respective versions of the American dream, Paradise and those inhabit it, adapt to Viktoria more... Written by B. Elliot Grysen <bgrysen@grysen.com>

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The next time these boys import a Russian bride, maybe they'll know what to expect.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Freeport, Michigan, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scriptwriter, Dan Slider, has a brief cameo in the film, albeit in a photograph. Slider was Rita's "Husband #3", the husband with whom Rita bore a child. See more »


Lost in Another World
Lyrics and Music by Eric W. Clark
Sung by Natalia Nazarova
Guitar Solos Eric W. Clark
Background Musicians David Williams
Beckey Gregory & Bill Bravata
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Nice movie
15 March 2010 | by mattbehaSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie at the East Lansing Film Festival a few years ago. I liked it enough that when it came out on DVD I bought a copy. One of my criteria for a good movie is "will I watch it again". Postmark Paradise certainly meets that standard. I think it's a film that slipped under the radar.

Postmark Paradise is a gentle comedy loosely based on the phenomenon of the international "mail-order" bride. Tantoo Cardinal does a fine acting job and the writing is much better than average. The film provides some good laughs along the way--don't miss Viktoria's song. You'll be pleasantly surprised by Postmark Paradise.

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