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Postcards from the Edge (1990)

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A substance-addicted actress tries to look on the bright side even as she is forced to move back in with her mother to avoid unemployment.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Carrie Fisher (book), Carrie Fisher (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Suzanne Vale
Shirley MacLaine ... Doris Mann
Dennis Quaid ... Jack Faulkner
Gene Hackman ... Lowell Kolchek
Richard Dreyfuss ... Doctor Frankenthal
Rob Reiner ... Joe Pierce
Mary Wickes ... Grandma
Conrad Bain ... Grandpa
Annette Bening ... Evelyn Ames
Simon Callow ... Simon Asquith
Gary Morton Gary Morton ... Marty Wiener
CCH Pounder ... Julie Marsden (as C.C.H. Pounder)
Sidney Armus Sidney Armus ... Sid Roth
Robin Bartlett ... Aretha
Barbara Garrick ... Carol
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Storyline

Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox center her film company insists, as a condition of continuing to employ her, that she live with her mother, Doris Mann, who was once a star and now a champion drinker. Such a set-up is bad news for her as she has struggled for years to get out of Doris' shadow, who still treats her like a child. Despite these problems and further ones involving the men in in her life, she can begin to see the funny side of her situation, and it also starts to occur to her that not only do daughters have mothers, mothers do too. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Having a wonderful time, wish I were here.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

6 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 February 1991 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Recuerdos de Hollywood See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$37,963,281
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a scene from early in the movie, Lowell is dressing down Suzanne for her drug-use on set, and the film crew are clearly seen near-by. One of the crew is wearing a crew shirt from "Evil Angels," the Australian title of A Cry in the Dark, which starred Meryl Streep. See more »

Goofs

Lowell tells Suzanne that none of the airport scene can be saved because it was shot without any cutaways. However, the scene is obviously edited as the characters jump about 3 feet farther from the camera as they walk from past a pole between the ticket counter and the passport control desk. See more »

Quotes

Suzanne: Aw, shut up, Grandma.
Grandma: I beg your pardon?
Suzanne: I should think you would.
Grandma: You see there? Now if you washed her mouth out with soap when she was little, like I told you, maybe she'd have some respect now!
Suzanne: [talks over] I'm simply suggesting we all try to enjoy one each other without having to assign blame.
Grandma: Ooh, listen to Miss Snootybritches. "Assign blame," hee hee.
Suzanne: [pushes her towards the door] Come on!
Grandma: Just what do you think you're doing, young lady?
Suzanne: I'm moving you out to the waiting room.
Grandma: Well, there's...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Postcards from the Wedge (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Checkin' Out
Written by Shel Silverstein
Performed by Meryl Streep and Blue Rodeo
Blue Rodeo appears courtesy of Risque Disque, Inc.
WEA Music of Canada, Ltd.
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Terrific all around
7 March 2003 | by NetPlay525See all my reviews

A really wonderful, funny and sad film with bravura performances by Streep, MacLaine, Quaid and a hilarioius cameo by Annette Benning ("they give you and endolphin rush!"). One of Streep's best performances and won of the many Oscars she should have won but was passed over for. This film holds up each time I see it.


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