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The Postman

Kevin Costner directed and stars in this adaptation of David Brin's science fiction novel The Postman (1985), first published in 1982 issues of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Costner's return to directing after his Oscar-winning Dances With Wolves(1990) is a futuristic epic depicting the aftermath of a destructive war. Some 16 years from the present day, America has been turned into a wasteland of separated communities minus a national government. A vagabond (Costner) who travels through these little villages performing Shakespeare is captured by marauders known as the Holnists, and thrown into a totalitarian labor camp run by a Hitler-like dictator, General Bethlehem (Will Patton). Making an escape, the drifter, known to some as "Shakespeare", stumbles across an abandoned U.S. Postal Service jeep and dons the dead postal-worker's uniform. With a scheme simply to get food, he sets out to deliver 15-year-old mail, proclaiming himself The Postman, and discovers that residents accept his lies about a restored United States government because they desperately need something to believe in. This hope leads to the thought that perhaps the United States of America could indeed be restored, so an unusually inspired young man, Ford (Laren Tate) is deputized with the "Neither snow, nor rain..." oath to become the country's second Postman. At the town of Pineview, the attractive Abby (Olivia Williams), who has an impotent husband, asks The Postman to impregnate her. After Abby's husband is killed during a raid by Bethlehem, she is taken prisoner but injures Bethlehem and makes an escape. Pregnant, she spends the winter nursing the wounded Postman in a snowbound cabin. When spring comes, they emerge to discover that Ford has organized an entire squad of mail deliverers who regard The Postman as a mythical hero. The Postman reluctantly accepts his messianic role in the rebirth of the country, even as it becomes clear that the rebel force must ultimately battle and defeat the Holnist army in order to regain the American Dream.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2009
UPC: 0883929064120
Original Release: 1997
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:58:00
Sales rank: 18,050

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner The Postman
Will Patton Bethlehem
Larenz Tate Ford
Olivia Williams Abby
James Russo Idaho
Daniel Von Bargen Sheriff Briscoe
Tom Petty Bridge City Mayor
Scott Bairstow Luke
Giovanni Ribisi Bandit #20
Roberta Maxwell Irene March
Joe Santos Getty
Peggy Lipton Ellen March
Ron McLarty Old George
Rex Linn Mercer
Todd Allen Gibbs
Brian Anthony Wilson Woody
Shawn Hatosy Billy
Charles Esten Michael
Ryan Hurst Eddie

Technical Credits
Kevin Costner Director,Producer
Thomas Betts Set Decoration/Design
John Bloomfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Boyle Editor
Cinesite Special Effects
Caliban Filmworks Special Effects
Kirk A. Francis Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Helgeland Screenwriter
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
Sue Lomino Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Maguire Asst. Director
Mindy Marin Casting
James Murakami Set Decoration/Design
Ida Random Production Designer
Ronald R. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Scott Ritenour Art Director
Eric Roth Screenwriter
Bill Taliaferro Set Decoration/Design
Steve Tisch Producer
Darrell L. Wight Set Decoration/Design
Jim Wilson Producer
Stephen F. Windon Cinematographer

Scene Index

The Postman's CGI Route: Explore the crafting of special effects sequences with commentary by creative team members; Theatrical trailer

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The Postman 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kevin Costner's character evolves from a con artist into a reluctant, but unforgetable hero; the only hope of a discouraged people. Cut off from the rest of the nation, he slowly overcomes his own greed & selfishness to bring hope to hopeless and unites the citizens to do battle with their totalitarian overloard. A little long, but I feel well worth your time. I found this very interesting, because of the possibility of this happening to the United States.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know a lot of people think Costner was crazy for taking this project, but eventhough it is not a great film, it is a good film, worthy of seeing. The dialogue, ah is not that great, but the concept of rebuilding the US is what captured me the most. That and seeing how the communities of people were developed. Liked how they had live music every night, but wondered what happened if they broke their strings. :o) There is also a great line that Costner gives when he goes up against Bethlehem. "Wouldn't it be great if all wars were fought by the a**holes w ho started them?" All in all it is a movie worth watching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good piece of post-apocalyptic fiction. The future scenario is well thought out, the acting well done, cinematography top notch. It can make you wonder who today's heroes are because every culture needs its heroes, whatever the label.
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