Postcards from the Edge

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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...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/1994
  • UPC: 043396505537
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

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
Sidney Armus Sid Roth
Rene Assa Passport Official
Robin Bartlett Aretha
Steven Brill Assistant Director No. 2
Michael Byers Allen
Gloria Crayton Maid at Party
Jim Cuddy Blue Rodeo Band
Stanley de Santis
James Deeth Helicopter Pilot
Jessica Z. Diamond Script Supervisor
Bazil Donovan
Evelina Fernandez Airline Employee
Carrie Fisher
Susan Forristal Friends at Airport
Scott Frankel Pianist at Party
Mark French Blue Rodeo Band
Jane Galloway Nurse
Barbara Garrick Carol
Kathleen Gray Cindy
Ken Gutstein Director of Photography
R.M. Haley Assistant Director No. 1
Anthony Heald George Lazan
Roy Helland Makeup Man
Gary Jones Fan at Party
Greg Keelor Blue Rodeo Band
Shelley Kirk First Lady
Sheridan Leatherbury Stand-In
Ellen Lewis
Mark Lowenthal Bart
Neil Machlis Rob Sonnenfeld
Robert Marshall Helicopter Pilot
Gary Matanky Sound Editor
Natalia Nogulich Friend at Airport
Peter Onorati Cameraman
Michael Ontkean Robert Munch
Oliver Platt Neil Bleene
CCH Pounder Julie Marsden
Douglas Roberts Soundman
Pepe Serna Raoul
J.D. Souther Ted
Juliet Taylor
Jason Tomlins Officer
Marc Tubert Sound Editor
John Verea Young Intern
George D. Wallace Carl
Bob Weiseman Blue Rodeo Band
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    worth ''checkin' out''

    she (streep) has done better, but i still liked this one. get the dvd and burn shel's song at the end, she really lets go on it.. should have won for original song.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smelled like Catalina

    My favorite film. Love the writing. Some of the best lines ever.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Looses much of its charm on contemplation

    This is one of those movies that seems reasonably enjoyable while you're watching it, but on reflection seems more pompous and manipulative in retrospect. It is based on a book by Carrie Fisher, who, I understand pretty much denied a frequent assumption that her book was essentially autobiographical. The main character, Suzanne Vale, played by Meryl Streep, is interpreted as Fisher herself under that persistent, however vehemently denied, autobiographical assumption. Meryl Streep is a bold actress willing to take chances. This movie can hardly be called one of the better payoffs of her chance-taking. On the surface it is a bittersweet and humorous account of the drug-rehab experiences of Suzanne (or whoever she represents). But on reflection, it's often seems more like Suzanne's vanity project than an honest focus on the tribulations of drug rehabilitation. Some characters seem in the story mainly to be trashed. One is a character, played by Annette Bening, who crosses paths with Suzanne. The main focus regarding that character is to caricature her as an airhead, with a tone of moral superiority on Suzanne's part. Bening's character is ridiculed, for example, for saying ''endolphins'' when she means ''endorphins''. Another more major character equally ridiculed is an erstwhile romantic interest of Suzanne's, played by Dennis Quaid. Suzanne's mother refers to this guy as ''your friend with bedroom eyes''. Suzanne responds with what would be, if it stood in its own right, a zany and apt satire of the whole concept of ''bedroom eyes''. But by later coming around to agreeing with her mother's admonition, she effectively refutes her own flippant comeback to the ''bedroom eyes'' assertion. In general the parts involving Suzanne's mother (played by Shirley MacLaine) may be somewhat more effective. Her mother is at first an effectively buffooned character. But when later Suzanne comes to respect her mom as a source of wisdom, there's no very smooth transition between the two stages. And somewhere along the way, Suzanne is excessively harsh in ridiculing her mother's reference to herself as ''middle-aged''.

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