Postcards From The Edge


1h 41m 1990
Postcards From The Edge

Brief Synopsis

Based on Carrie Fisher's roman a clef, the story concerns a young actress who has recently gone through drug rehabilitation, and is trying to cope with not only the Hollywood scene but her own mother's, a former musical comedy star of the 50s and 60s, more socially acceptable alcoholism.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bons baisers d'Hollywood, Hariuddo Ni Kuchizuke, Lembrancs de Hollywood, Postales desde el filo, Vykort från drömfabriken
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Medical
Music
Release Date
1990
Production Company
Columbia Pictures; Sunrise Caterers; Technicolor
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing; 20th Century Fox International; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

Synopsis

Based on Carrie Fisher's roman a clef, the story concerns a young actress who has recently gone through drug rehabilitation, and is trying to cope with not only the Hollywood scene but her own mother's, a former musical comedy star of the 50s and 60s, more socially acceptable alcoholism.

Crew

E Arnold

Song ("You Don'T Know Me")

Florian Ballhaus

1st Assistant Camera

Michael Ballhaus

Dp/Cinematographer

Michael Ballhaus

Director Of Photography

Diane Bandolas

Production Accountant

Stan Bochner

Sound Editor Supervisor

Chris A Butler

Set Decorator

John Calley

Producer

Gene S Cantamessa

Sound Mixer

Steve Cantamessa

Boom Operator

Kris Cole

Assistant Editor

Lee Dichter

Sound Rerecording Mixer

David Dunlap

Camera Operator

Carrie Fisher

Source Material (From Novel)

Carrie Fisher

Screenwriter

Robert Greenhut

Executive Producer

Lynda Gurasich

Hairstyles

Michael Haley

1st Assistant Director

Bill Hansard

Other

Ilean Helland

Assistant (To Mike Nichols)

J. Roy Helland

Makeup

J. Roy Helland

Hairstyles

Michele Imperato-stabile

Production Coordinator

Michael Jacobi

Adr Editor

David James

Stills

Gary Jones

Costume Designer Assistant

Ken Lavet

Location Manager

Jack Lee

Music Coach (Shirley Maclaine)

Ellen Lewis

Casting

Neil A Machlis

Executive Producer

Neil A Machlis

Unit Production Manager

Shirley Maclaine

Song Performer ("I'M Still Here")

Sue Macnair

Associate Producer

C J Maguire

Property Master

Eddie Marks

Costume Supervisor

Joel Marrow

Transportation Coordinator

Thomas May

Key Grip

Cheri Minns

Makeup

Mike Nichols

Producer

Sam O'steen

Editor

James Orendorff

Construction Coordinator

Suzana Peric

Music Editor

Cole Porter

Song ("From This Moment On")

Gilda Radner

Song ("I Love To Be Unhappy")

Helen Robin

Assistant (To Robert Greenhut)

Ann Roth

Costume Designer

Marshall Schlom

Script Supervisor

Marshall I Schlom

Script Supervisor

Pau Shaffer

Song ("I Love To Be Unhappy")

Howard Shore

Musical Supervisor

Shel Silverstein

Song

Carly Simon

Music

Stephen Sondheim

Song ("I'M Still Here")

Kandy Stern

Art Direction

Meryl Streep

Song Performer ("I'M Checkin' Out" "You Don'T Know Me")

Douglas Allen Taylor

Publicist

Juliet Taylor

Casting

James R Tynes

Chief Lighting Technician

Nathalie Vadim

2nd Assistant Director

Patrizia Von Brandenstein

Production Designer

C Walker

Song ("You Don'T Know Me")

Film Details

Also Known As
Bons baisers d'Hollywood, Hariuddo Ni Kuchizuke, Lembrancs de Hollywood, Postales desde el filo, Vykort från drömfabriken
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Medical
Music
Release Date
1990
Production Company
Columbia Pictures; Sunrise Caterers; Technicolor
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing; 20th Century Fox International; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m

Award Nominations

Best Actress

1990
Meryl Streep

Best Song

1990

Articles

Postcards from the Edge


Director Mike Nichols' Postcards from the Edge (1990) was adapted from the novel by Carrie Fisher, which was loosely based on her own life as an actress with a substance abuse problem and as the child of famous parents, although Fisher's mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, would later balk at being depicted as an argumentative alcoholic in the film. Meryl Streep was given the role of Suzanne Vale with Shirley MacLaine as her mother, Doris Mann. Also in the cast were Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Annette Bening and Rob Reiner. MGM reportedly paid Fisher six figures for the book rights and hired her to do the screenplay adaptation that differed from the novel, wanting her to focus on the relationship between mother and daughter. Nichols was brought on in 1987 as director, with Debra Winger rumored for Suzanne before the part went to Streep. Filming began in August 1989 at Burbank Studios in Los Angeles and at various places around Los Angeles, including The Pat Sajak Show for a scene that did not appear in the final film. Nichols, who had started his career as a comedian, most notably with his then-partner Elaine May before becoming a director on Broadway and film, asked composer Stephen Sondheim to do a re-write to the lyrics of "I'm Still Here," originally from his 1971 musical Follies to better suit MacLaine's character. When the film was released in September 1990, it received positive reviews, with Streep and MacLaine singled out for praise, and by November the film had grossed over $35.5 million. During Academy Award season, the film was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Streep and Best Original Song for Shel Silverstein.

By Lorraine LoBianco
Postcards From The Edge

Postcards from the Edge

Director Mike Nichols' Postcards from the Edge (1990) was adapted from the novel by Carrie Fisher, which was loosely based on her own life as an actress with a substance abuse problem and as the child of famous parents, although Fisher's mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, would later balk at being depicted as an argumentative alcoholic in the film. Meryl Streep was given the role of Suzanne Vale with Shirley MacLaine as her mother, Doris Mann. Also in the cast were Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Annette Bening and Rob Reiner. MGM reportedly paid Fisher six figures for the book rights and hired her to do the screenplay adaptation that differed from the novel, wanting her to focus on the relationship between mother and daughter. Nichols was brought on in 1987 as director, with Debra Winger rumored for Suzanne before the part went to Streep. Filming began in August 1989 at Burbank Studios in Los Angeles and at various places around Los Angeles, including The Pat Sajak Show for a scene that did not appear in the final film. Nichols, who had started his career as a comedian, most notably with his then-partner Elaine May before becoming a director on Broadway and film, asked composer Stephen Sondheim to do a re-write to the lyrics of "I'm Still Here," originally from his 1971 musical Follies to better suit MacLaine's character. When the film was released in September 1990, it received positive reviews, with Streep and MacLaine singled out for praise, and by November the film had grossed over $35.5 million. During Academy Award season, the film was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Streep and Best Original Song for Shel Silverstein. By Lorraine LoBianco

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Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States February 15, 1991

Released in United States Fall September 12, 1990

Released in United States on Video June 5, 1991

Released in United States September 14, 1990

Released in United States September 6, 1990

Shown at Cinetex/90 International Comedy Film Festival, Las Vegas September 6, 1990.

Formerly distributed by RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video.

Began shooting August 14, 1989.

Completed shooting October 16, 1989.

Expanded Release in United States February 15, 1991

Released in United States on Video June 5, 1991

Released in United States Fall September 12, 1990

Released in United States September 14, 1990

Released in United States September 6, 1990 (Shown at Cinetex/90 International Comedy Film Festival, Las Vegas September 6, 1990.)