Postcards from the Edge

Postcards from the Edge

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Director: Mike Nichols

Cast: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid

     
 

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Mike Nichols lends some comic structure to Carrie Fisher's best-selling confessional novel concerning a woman's struggles with drug addiction and mother-daughter rivalry (subjects Fisher admits to understanding all too well). Meryl Streep, in her most full-blown comic performance up to that point, plays Suzanne Vale, a popular movie actress well on her way to a… See more details below

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Mike Nichols lends some comic structure to Carrie Fisher's best-selling confessional novel concerning a woman's struggles with drug addiction and mother-daughter rivalry (subjects Fisher admits to understanding all too well). Meryl Streep, in her most full-blown comic performance up to that point, plays Suzanne Vale, a popular movie actress well on her way to a Hollywood crack-up. Suzanne suffers from blackouts and memory lapses, and awakens in the beds of men she doesn't remember; she is a barely-functioning wreck on the set of her latest movie. When a coke dealer who delivers stops by her dressing room between takes, she swiftly finds herself being rushed to the hospital, suffering the effects of a narcotics bender. While in detox, Suzanne attempts to piece her life and career back together, but her confidence is shattered when her mother arrives at the rehab clinic -- Doris Mann, a famed film icon from the 1950s and 1960s (Shirley MacLaine). Doris is soon soaking up the adulation and applause of Suzanne's fellow recovering drug addicts. Upon Suzanne's release, she must compete with her mother for attention and fame as she tries to walk a thin line as a recovering drug abuser.

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With her wickedly funny adaptation of Postcards from the Edge from her own semi-autobiographical novel, Carrie Fisher proved that she was more than an actress most famous for battling space thugs in a chain-mail bikini. And with her performance in Postcards from the Edge, Meryl Streep proved herself exquisitely capable of all-out comic work, imbuing her character with dry wit and caustic insecurity. Although Postcards is perhaps most memorable for both Fisher's and Streep's work, it is also a successfully realized comedy-satire that functions as both a comedy about mother-daughter relationships and a satire of Hollywood in all its dysfunctional glory. Director Mike Nichols staged one of the decade's best casting coups, starring Shirley MacLaine and Streep opposite each other as the constantly bickering but ultimately caring mother and daughter, loosely based on Fisher and her own mother, Debbie Reynolds. Saved from brattiness by Fisher's intelligence and humor, Postcards is whip-smart fun, causing as many gasps as laughs.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/1994
UPC:
0043396505537
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Suzanne Vale
Shirley MacLaine Doris Mann
Dennis Quaid Jack Falkner
Gene Hackman Lowell
Richard Dreyfuss Dr. Frankenthal
Rob Reiner Joe Pierce
Conrad Bain Grandpa
Mary Wickes Grandma
Annette Bening Evelyn Ames
Simon Callow Simon Asquith
Gary Morton Marty Wiener
Dana Ivey Wardrobe Mistress
Stanley de Santis Actor
Bazil Donovan Actor
Ellen Lewis Actor
Juliet Taylor Actor
CCH Pounder Julie Marsden
Sidney Armus Sid Roth
Robin Bartlett Aretha
Barbara Garrick Carol
Anthony Heald George Lazan
Oliver Platt Neil Bleene
Michael Ontkean Robert Munch
Pepe Serna Raoul
Mark Lowenthal Bart
Michael Byers Allen
J.D. Souther Ted
Peter Onorati Cameraman
Roy Helland Makeup Man
Douglas Roberts Soundman
R.M. Haley Assistant Director No. 1
Kathleen Gray Cindy
Gloria Crayton Maid at Party
Gary Matanky Sound Editor
Marc Tubert Sound Editor
John Verea Young Intern
Rene Assa Passport Official
Natalia Nogulich Friend at Airport
Susan Forristal Friends at Airport
Evelina Fernandez Airline Employee
Neil Machlis Rob Sonnenfeld
Gary Jones Fan at Party
Jane Galloway Nurse
Jason Tomlins Officer
Shelley Kirk First Lady
Jessica Z. Diamond Script Supervisor
Scott Frankel Pianist at Party
Sheridan Leatherbury Stand-In
Ken Gutstein Director of Photography
James Deeth Helicopter Pilot
Robert Marshall Helicopter Pilot
Jim Cuddy Blue Rodeo Band
Greg Keelor Blue Rodeo Band
Mark French Blue Rodeo Band
Bob Weiseman Blue Rodeo Band
Carrie Fisher Actor
George D. Wallace Carl
Steven Brill Assistant Director No. 2

Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director,Co-producer
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Chris A. Butler Set Decoration/Design
John Calley Co-producer
Carrie Fisher Screenwriter
Robert Greenhut Producer
J. Roy Helland Makeup
Neil Machlis Producer
Susan MacNair Associate Producer
Sam O'Steen Editor
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Shaffer Songwriter
Howard Shore Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Shel Silverstein Score Composer,Songwriter
Carly Simon Score Composer
Stephen Sondheim Songwriter
Kandy Stern Art Director
Cindy Walker Songwriter

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