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"Elaborately designed fantasy fun" —The Observer(U.K.)
Moist von Lipwig (Richard Coyle, Lorna Doone) is a con man and a charlatan--and he loves every minute of it. From confidence tricks to far-reaching financial fraud, von Lipwig revels in hoodwinking, fleecing, and otherwise ripping off the citizens of Ankh-Morpork. When the law finally catches up to him, the city’s shrewd leader, Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance, Game of Thrones), offers von Lipwig a choice: he can take over the derelict post office . . . or suffer a painful death.
The reluctant postmaster finds himself in charge of thousands of undelivered letters, commanding a charmingly deranged staff of misfits, and at odds with corrupt businessman Reacher Gilt (David Suchet, Agatha Christie’s Poirot), who will stop at nothing to crush his competition. Along the way, he falls under the spell of the icy Adora Dearheart (Claire Foy, Little Dorrit), much to her chagrin. In this delightful adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel, Moist von Lipwig needs every ounce of his considerable charm and cunning to restore the post office, trounce Gilt, and win Adora’s affections.
Terry Pratchett video introduction (5 min.); director Jon Jones audio commentary; and bonus disc (62 min.) with cast, crew, and fan interviews; deleted scenes; blooper reel; and image galleries
Top Customer Reviews
"Going Postal" is about a con man who is offered a second chance by the Patrician of the city after being hanged (yes, you read that right -- he was already hanged once!): he can either leave free and unchallenged (unfortunately, the only door out of the room opens into a bottomless chasm) or he can revive the derelict Post Office, because the Patrician is sick of his long-distance games of Thud (like chess) being interrupted by his telegrams getting stuck in the Clacks. Moist chooses, as most of us might, this second option only to find himself in way over his head with whispering letters, a haunting past, a parole officer who lacks a sense of humor (and has an uncanny ability to always find him), two oddball assistants one of which who collects pins, and the realization that every one of his predecessors has died a horrible death. And then there's the woman he thinks he might grow to love if she'd stop trying to kill him. Not to mention murder, mayhem, assassins, thugs, thieves, and a competition that might end, as the story begins, with certain, sudden, and rather horrid death.
If you like quirky stories you're bound to like this one -- it has a dark, morbid sense of humor that kicks in right around the opening credits and doesn't let up until the end. The costuming and set design is spot on, as is the casting.Read more ›
Moist von Lipwig (Richard Coyle) was a very successful forger, conman and embezzler... until the Watch caught him, and he was hanged for his crimes. Fortunately, he's not QUITE dead. It turns out that Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance) wants to give Moist a choice: he can die for real, or he can revive the moribund Post Office.
So Moist finds himself saddled with a decaying building filled with undelivered letters, two slightly insane postmen, and golem parole officer named Mr. Pump. And every night, letters force Moist to see the fallout of his past crimes, including a terrible one against the prickly Adora Belle Dearheart (Claire Foy), whom he is starting to fall for.
But the biggest problem may be the owner of the clacks, Mr. Gilt (David Suchet), who is willing to do whatever it takes to destroy the post office. Though he's becoming a more honest man, Moist must put all his con-man skills to use in a war between the clacks and post office -- or he'll lose a lot more than just his job.
"Going Postal" a grittier, less fantastical story than the previous two Discworld miniseries. Sure, we still have fantasy stuff like banshees, golems, whispering letters and wizardly devices, but it all basically boils down to the Post Office against the telegraphesque clacks. But don't worry, the adaptation is pitch-perfect.Read more ›
Main plot is a con-man (Richard Coyle-Lorna Doone) is saved from the gallows by being forced to become Postmaster at defunct Ankh-Morport PO. A super-con's worst nightmare. His name, Moist Von Lipwig, is as weird as his official cap. Businessman Gilt (David Suchet-Poirot) is amazing, the villain, devilish and funny, and now owns the Clacks. Clacks are a communication system (typewriter, semaphore, tickertape, and network of strings.) Moist lives in the PO and has ghost visits not unlike Dicken's Victorian Ebenezer. Moist's haunting past. Author Pratchett even goes postal with a Postman cameo requiring 6 takes.
Beyond that info, just be open minded (or no mind) and enjoy an experience worthy of 6 stars. It's an unadulterated mix of adventure, comedy, action, fantasy, historical drama, romance, magic, and it's addicting. Rich characters, common trait from this world-renown author, that live in a fantasy world eons beyond the Land of OZ. So fantastical! And magical stars: Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance- Bleak House; Gosford Park); Ridcully (Timothy West-Colditz; Bleak House) a wizard; Old Postman Groat (Andrew Sachs); Mr Pony (John Henshaw-South Riding); Mr. Pump voice (Nicholas Farrell) a golem (orange Vader, Hulk type).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie! Did the book justice. A few changes, but they were good changes. Arrived in a timely manner, and would definitely buy again and recommend this movie to others.Published 4 days ago by Reginald Law
I first saw this with a friend of mine who is also a Terry Pratchett fan. What was surprising was I actually got other members of my family to watch it and they loved it!Published 16 days ago by Thomas
The book was amazing, and if you can watch this and not think of Richard Coyle as Moist von Lipwig on subsequent readings, you're a better person than I am. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Will Michaelis
This movie should have more recognition. Great story. Good lesson on commitment, and doing your best, while turning your life around.
Good for children.