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225 Ratings

Postcards from the Edge

Directed by Mike Nichols
United States, 1990
Comedy, Drama


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.

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Postcards from the Edge Directed by Mike Nichols

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1991 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

BAFTA Awards

1991 | 3 nominations including: Best Actress

Golden Globes (USA)

1991 | 3 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

London Critics Circle Film Awards

1992 | Winner: Newcomer of the Year

A very funny, warm movie, its gentle surfaces and lighthearted mood making for a pointed contrast to the grimness of its subject matter. Here’s a film about desperation, chemical dependency and neurosis that isn’t punishing, gritty or unhinged. Despite the hot mess that is her life, Suzanne remains a largely functional figure, and this portrait of addiction feels a lot more truthful than the unrelentingly dank, terrifying visions with which cinema usually presents us.
December 30, 2016
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Carrie Fisher has filled her autobiographical script with choice one-liners and her trademark sensibility for observing life askance… Postcards is a rare example of a film that wouldn’t be [funnier…] with more rapid-fire actors. A more intricate style wouldn’t add much—and besides, at zero cost, the DP is already having fun moving Streep around the foregrounds, middle-grounds, and backgrounds of his shots, and she mines different kinds of comic gold depending on where she is: a miracle.
March 04, 2010
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If the satire in [Working Girl and Postcards from the Edge isn’t] as sharp as The Graduate or Carnal Knowledge, Nichols’ ability to bring surprising performances from his cast remained… Gene Hackman almost steals Postcards as the veteran director who delivers some hard won wisdom to Meryl Streep’s drug sodden character. Postcards’ film-within-a-film opening was also a sly nod to those in the audience wondering where Nichols the stylist had gone.
July 25, 2003
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