Postcards From The Edge DVD

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A film by Mike Nichols of Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards from the Edge is an intermittently hilarious, occasionally tear-stained account of an actress' struggle with addiction and with her competitive star mother. Meryl Streep turns in yet another flawlessly perfect performance as Suzanne, who is coping with cleaning up while making yet another idiot cop film. Shirley Maclaine is effective and overpowering as her hard-drinking Old Hollywood star mother perpetually trying to remould her daughter, singing Sondheim songs at parties, showing off... her still-perfect legs and occasionally driving into trees. Among the many guest stars, Dennis Quaid is self-effacingly unpleasant as an unreliable boyfriend, Gene Hackman charismatic as a fatherly director and Annette Benning impressive in a cameo as a starlet rival. Nichols' standard slickness is very much on display here; this is perhaps too obviously manipulative a film in which the emotional detail is never quite as impressive as the central performances and script deserve. On the DVD: The DVD takes the rather subversive risk of giving the commentary role to Carrie Fisher, who discusses entertainingly how the screenplay evolved from her original novel, occasionally making clear that certain sentimentalisations of the characters were not her idea; she argues coherently that the film makes Meryl Streep's character a little too much the martyr. She also gives us a lot of faintly scurrilous Hollywood and family gossip. It also provides the theatrical trailer and filmographies for the director and major players. --Roz Kaveney [show more]

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Released
08 March 2004
Directors
Actors
Format
DVD 
Publisher
Uca Catalogue 
Classification
Runtime
97 minutes 
Features
Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen 
Barcode
5035822245730 
  • Average Rating for Postcards From The Edge [1990] - 4 out of 5


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  • Postcards From The Edge [1990]
    Stuart Donaldson

    Mike Nichols(before Mama Mia) made this masterpiece,anyone who has remotely been involved in "over indulgence"and survived the aftermath can relate to this film.
    It does not show the sleepless nights or the days where the character cannot stay awake,but,and it's a big but,in subtlety alone Mike nails the essences of dependance, family and realisation.With a raft of familiar actors as stock this film oozes quality.
    With music by Carly Simon to top off the great performances of Meryl Streep & Shirley Maclaine playing Daughter and Mother(to the real life Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds)this makes my top fifty.
    Mike's honing a skill here and films like this make blockbusters like Mama Mia possible.

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Based on actress Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical novel, this darkly comic drama focuses on the strained relationship between showbiz mother and daughter, Doris Mann (Shirley Maclaine) and Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep). Tensions between the two are brought to a head when Suzanne, fresh out of drug rehabilitation and struggling to revive her flagging career, is forced to stay with her brassy ex-movie star mother during production of a new film.

Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play. A film by Mike Nichols of Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards from the Edge is an intermittently hilarious, occasionally tear-stained account of an actress' struggle with addiction and with her competitive star mother. Meryl Streep turns in yet another flawlessly perfect performance as Suzanne, who is coping with cleaning up while making yet another idiot cop film. Shirley Maclaine is effective and overpowering as her hard-drinking Old Hollywood star mother perpetually trying to remould her daughter, singing Sondheim songs at parties, showing off her still-perfect legs and occasionally driving into trees. Among the many guest stars, Dennis Quaid is self-effacingly unpleasant as an unreliable boyfriend, Gene Hackman charismatic as a fatherly director and Annette Benning impressive in a cameo as a starlet rival. Nichols' standard slickness is very much on display here; this is perhaps too obviously manipulative a film in which the emotional detail is never quite as impressive as the central performances and script deserve. Actors: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard DreyfussDirectors: Mike NicholsWriters: Carrie FisherProducers: Mike Nichols, John Calley, Neil A. Machlis, Robert Greenhut, Susan MacNairFormat: PALLanguage: EnglishRegion: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)Number of discs: 1

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