Postcards From The Edge

Postcards From The Edge

DVD - 2000
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Publisher: Culver City, CA : RCA/Columbia Picture, 2000, c1991.
ISBN: 9780767859820
0767859820
Branch Call Number: POST
Characteristics: 1 digital videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Franln Dec 17, 2017

This movie is semi-autobiographical, with different names for the characters, loosely based on true events, so not really the Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds story. Meryl Streep & Shirley MacLaine were fabulous in their roles.


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Franln Dec 17, 2017

This movie is semi-autobiographical, with different names for the characters, loosely based on true events, so not really the Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds story. Meryl Streep & Shirley MacLaine were fabulous in their roles.

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Mar 03, 2016

Dated look and unsatisfying storyline.

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mswrite
Nov 21, 2014

Wonderful "insider" movie filled with great performances and witty, knowing dialogue. Co-stars Shirley MacLaine is Old Time Movie Star Extraordinaire Doris Mann and Meryl Streep is Doris's estranged actress-daughter Suzanne Vale. They are hilarious and poignant in their impersonations of real life Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds and her actress-writer daughter, Carrie Fisher. For a generation of seventies film-goers Fisher will be forever known as Princess Leia of the original "Star Wars" films; she has had in her life some serious ups and downs, and is the author of the novel upon which this film is based.

Streep as Suzanne is touching and funny in her scenes with Dennis Quaid, on hand as Jack, a sexy but untrustworthy Hollywood stud. She's even better opposite Gene Hackman's sympathetic but no-nonsense veteran director who prods Suzanne to take responsibility for her life.

There are enjoyable performances as well from the likes of Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Annette Bening, and the great Golden-Era character actress Mary Wickes as Doris's sharp-tongued, relentlessly hyper-critical mother.

But the movie belongs to Streep and MacLaine. The two have terrific chemistry and are painfully believable as an aging mother and daughter whose struggles to come to terms with each other are complicated by mutual addictions, bad luck with men, the glare of celebrity, and the competitive and unforgiving industry in which they've made their names.

"Postcards" is not a musical per se, but offers some marvelous songs performed with great panache by both MacLaine and Streep. Shirley climbs on a piano, flashes some spectacular leg and belts out Stephen Sondheim's ultimate showbiz survival anthem, "I'm Still Here." (Reportedly Sondheim wrote some special lyrics for MacLaine at the request of director Mike Nichols.)

And Streep delivers a heartbreaking rendition of "You Don't Know Me" then delights as the end credits roll with her bluesy, ballsy take on Shel Silverstein's "I'm Checkin' Out."

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