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Postcards from the Edge

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Released 1990

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Director:
Mike Nichols
Released:
1990
Rating:
R

Postcards from the Edge is a 1990 dramatic comedy directed by Mike Nichols. In the film, Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep) is a successful actress who has become deeply involved in drugs and alcohol. After an accidental overdose, she spends some time in a detox center and feels she is ready to move on with her life and her career. Her production company does not feel as confident and explains to her that they will only continue to use her if she agrees to live with her mother, Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine), a former star actress. Vale is shocked at the requirement, she has spent years trying to get out from under her mother and dreads having to live with her. She agrees but the situation is difficult because her mother is an active alcoholic. The difference between the two is Doris' drinking and behavior is more socially acceptable than Suzanne's. Will Suzanne be able to handle all the new pressures sobriety brings her?

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  • 80

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Postcards From the Edge seems to have been a terrifically genial collaboration between the writer and the director, Miss Fisher's tale of odd-ball woe being perfect material for Mr...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Streep is very funny in the movie; she does a good job of catching the knife-edged throwaway lines that have become Carrie Fisher's speciality. And director Mike Nichols captures a...

  • 70

    Variety

    Mike Nichols' film of Carrie Fisher's novel Postcards from the edge packs a fair amount of emotional wallop in its dark-hued comic take on a chemically dependent Hollywood mother a...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Dark Comedy, Biography, Showbiz