Postcards from the Edge

Lists: Film Quest 2016, Comedy, Female Lead

Brief Synopsis: "Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox centre her film company insists as a condition of continuing to employ her that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion drinker. Such a set-up is bad news for Suzanne who has struggled for years to get out of her mother's shadow, and who finds her mother still treats her like a child. Despite these problems - and further ones to do with the men in in her life - Suzanne can begin to see the funny side of her situation, and it also starts to occur to her that not only do daughters have mothers, mothers do too."

Overall Ranking: 0 (Rank from 1990: # 0)

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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85Comedy: 6
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 7
Dan O'Neill70(full review)

People Involved

  • Meryl Streep (Suzanne Vale)
  • Shirley MacLaine (Doris Mann)
  • Dennis Quaid (Jack Faulkner)
  • Gene Hackman (Lowell Kolchek)
  • Richard Dreyfuss (Doctor Frankenthal)
  • Rob Reiner (Joe Pierce)
  • Conrad Bain (Grandpa)
  • Annette Bening (Evelyn Ames)
  • Simon Callow (Simon Asquith)
  • Mary Wickes (Grandma)
  • Oliver Platt (Neil Bleene)
  • Mike Nichols (Director)