Postcards from the Edge

Postcards from the Edge

Mike Nichols (1990)

97min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
It bears little resemblance to Carrie Fisher's screamingly funny bestselling novel, yet director Mike Nichols's grand tour through "Hollywood Babylon" behaviour and Bel Air-head lifestyles still emerges as a reasonably savage showbiz satire. Meryl Streep plays the selfish actress in celebrity detox, who moves back home with her overbearing mother (Shirley MacLaine), in this thinly veiled account of Fisher's own poignant love/hate relationship with real-life mother Debbie Reynolds. Both stars rise to the bitchy one-liner occasion and turn on the glitz, glamour and grit in an engaging ride on the hypocritical Hollywood highway.

Summary

A Hollywood actress battles to overcome her drug dependency and struggles to get out from under the shadow of her famous showbiz mother. An overdose of sedatives and a spell in a rehabilitation clinic offer the starlet the chance she needs to overcome her problems. Comedy drama based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Carrie Fisher, starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid and Annette Bening.

Cast & Crew

Suzanne Vale Meryl Streep
Doris Mann Shirley MacLaine
Jack Falkner Dennis Quaid
Lowell Gene Hackman
Dr Frankenthal Richard Dreyfuss
Joe Pierce Rob Reiner
Grandma Mary Wickes
Grandpa Conrad Bain
Evelyn Ames Annette Bening
Simon Asquith Simon Callow
Marty Weiner Gary Morton
Julie Marsden C C H Pounder
Sid Roth Sidney Armus
Director Mike Nichols
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia PicturesGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy