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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 »


Stand By Your Man
By Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill
With permission from EMI Publishing and Pioneer Entertainment (USA) L.P.
Sung by Natalia Nazarova
With Russian lyrics by Emil Luxemburg and Natalia Nazarova
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Postmark Paradise
24 July 2006 | by lyonslibSee all my reviews

The movie was not bad at all, and the acting was just fine. The only thing that bothered me was that it did not look like Paradise, Michigan at all. Unless of course there is another Paradise other than the one in the Upper Penninsula. Does anyone know? I am familiar with the Grand Rapids area, too, and know where The Dirty Shame Bar is located, but I'm just confused about if the Paradise I know of (just south of Whitefish Point where the Edmund Fitzgerald went down in the 1970s in Lake Superior) is the same village as what was portrayed on the movie. It just did not look familiar at all. I know that sometimes there are places with almost the same name (i.e. Garden and Garden City), so am wondering if this is the case with this movie or not. I don't know why this bugs me so much, but I'm curious as heck! And I'd like to know where the other Paradise is.

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