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Postcards from the Edge (1990)

Meryl Streep , Shirley MacLaine , Mike Nichols  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss
  • Directors: Mike Nichols
  • Writers: Carrie Fisher
  • Producers: Mike Nichols, John Calley, Neil A. Machlis, Robert Greenhut, Susan MacNair
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059XTI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Postcards from the Edge" on IMDb

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Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Meryl Streep, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Shirley MacLaine - Dir:Mike Nichols Suzanne Yale (Meryl Streep) struggles with her drug addictions as she attempts to build an acting career that doesn't lie in the shadow of a famous

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.5 stars. The best thing about this DVD, besides the great script and fantastic cast of fine actors, is the price. Brand new, this DVD is under ten dollars?! I should write this review emphasizing that fact alone. As for the writing, it is excellent and witty and cerebral and dramatic, and it is all the more evident with all the incredible actors making the words their own. This exceptional cast includes former Oscar-winners Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Gene Hackman, and Richard Dreyfuss. Dennis Quaid, Rob Reiner, and Annette Bening also have good performances here and are worth mentioning. But the finest actor in this film is Meryl Streep, with yet another Oscar-nominated performance, this time showing great comedic timing with hilarious expressions and delivering her dialogue with impeccable precision. I'll stop now, before I wax rhapsodic. The script is sharp and intelligent, the acting is superb all around, and the price for this DVD is amazing! Thank you.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood glitz, glamor, and worms January 6, 2005
Great cinematic rendition of Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical novel with wonderful performances from Shirley MacLaine as the aging screen queen and Meryl Streep as her star-druggie daughter. The cameos are wonderful...Richard Dreyfuss as the doc who pumps Streep's stomach?! Gene Hackman as Streep's suffering director...the list goes on. The "bad" thing is that we're left with one big unanswered question - when is Meryl Streep going to record a real album? Her voice is incredible! Fun, funny, and all too true - this one's a winner.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrie Fisher's Magnum Opus October 10, 2003
What a revelation. I never knew what a movie could be until this film. Sweet, sentimental, dramatic, heart-wrenching and fall-down funny all in one movie. Meryl Streep shines and is more accessible than ever before. Shirley MacLaine is luminous as ever. Mary Wickes (Grandma) is hilarious and ended a wonderful career with this and "Sister Act," forever cementing herself as a 20th century fixture. Robin Bartlett (Aretha) is also a delight. A wonderfully written and awesomely acted story. Highest of recommendations for one and all, especially anyone who's interested in the "behind the scenes" aspect of Hollywood.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitchen forehead and den ears! July 20, 2000
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This movie has so many great lines in it that you'll have to see it five times to get them all. The great thing is that you'll WANT to see it five times. Meryl Streep is unbelievably good in this movie, yet Annette Bening steals a great scene from her with a cameo that made her famous. The book was brilliant and redundant and confusing all at once, but this movie is brilliant and nothing else. Don't miss this one!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Postcards from the Oscars!!!!! July 28, 2005
Shirley Maclaine & Meryl Streep were both nominated for Oscars with this movie. Neither won; but they should have! The chemistry Streep & Maclaine have is pure magic and they are so totally synergetic that you believe they are mother & daughter and you end the movie wishing this were a weekly show just about them and their quirky existance in Hollywood. The small parts by Gene Hackman & Dennis Quaid are priceless. If you want laughs, tears, and GREAT acting then spend an evening curled up with Postcards from the Edge!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow September 23, 2007
It takes a pretty spectacular person to take a difficult childhood, drug addictions, and relationships gone wrong, and turn all that into a screenplay that is funny and witty. That's exactly what Carrie Fisher did in Postcards from the Edge, a must-see movie. And don't miss Fisher's comments in the DVD, in which she shows how witty and brutally honest she is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Script and Dynamic Performances May 7, 2001
This movie was such a refreshing change for Meryl Streep. She truly shined in a brillant comedic performance as Suzanne Vale, a middle-aged movie actress struggling with drug addiction, her relationship with her aloof mother (Shirley MacLaine) and the challenges of day to day life. What impressed me the most about Meryl Streep is that you get to see her as a normal, frumpy woman. Basically, someone you could relate to and sympathize with. Finally, you get a chance to see Meryl in a film that doesn't take place in some era/period with extravagant costumes and accents. Ofcourse, many of you already know that this film is based on actress, Carrie Fisher's, bestselling book of the same name. The dialogue is so witty and fresh that I envy all the actors who got to opportunity to bring the words to life. One of my favourite scenes is between Suzanne and her mother on the staircase. In the scene, Suzanne confronts her mother about giving her sleeping pills when she was a child. She also confronts her about holding her back. A few memorable lines: "You don't want me to be a singer. You're the singer, you're the performer. I can't possible compete with you. What if somebody won ? You want me to do well, just not better than you." I love that scene. It even gets more histerical when her mother defends herself about the "birthday party incident". A memorable line: "I did not lift my skirt. IT TWIRLED UP !!". Then the scene of reconciliation in the hospital. Some memorable lines: "You know what dear ? I think I'm jealous of you. And that is because it being your turn and all. And I find it difficult to face that my time is almost up." Both of the Oscar-winning actresses bring such life and energy to their characters. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars please delete
I selected because of meryl streep but few moments of watching i knew it was not for me please delete from my library thank you
Published 3 days ago by Carol Cathcart
4.0 out of 5 stars Very true to life.
This should be a wake-up call to all who are struggling with addiction. It is so true to real life situations. Two of my favorite actresses.
Published 15 days ago by Patricia S. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Amazon protected and as expected, delivered on time in perfect shape. There were no extra...hidden costs unlike some other sites. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MK
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I only wanted this for the sound track, especially the song at the end during the credits. wonderful wonderful wonderful.
Published 2 months ago by Lawrence Catchpole
3.0 out of 5 stars Why did Director Mike Nichols allow the absurdly protacted Dennis...
I like this movie. It's watchable, and I enjoy it as a piece of fluff, (although doubt Carrie Fisher is a fan of it). Read more
Published 2 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Watchable
Very good movie with a fun ending So-so story but a good movie for those in recovery. I'm not a big fan of Shirley MacLaine but Meryl Streep was excellent.
Published 2 months ago by longridertoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Love!
Favorite Meryl Streep movie! Funny, dramatic, provoking. All contained in this very well done movie. I do highly recommend it
Published 2 months ago by cynthia spraberry
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable comedy
There are more than enough of us to identify with the characters portrayed in this story and in this regard I think it will be a classic for many years to come. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Have watched it Many times
It's a comedy (with Shirley at her best) along with being a life lesson. The ending always leaves me glad I watched it again.
Published 3 months ago by Shirley F. Henson
2.0 out of 5 stars Expecting more.
Never really accepted Meryl Streep as the daughter. Kept waiting for it to get better better but it never did.
Published 3 months ago by Colordoctor
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