Postcards from the Edge

  • Film
  • Comedy drama
Carrie Fisher has successfully adapted her semi-autobiographical novel about a Hollywood actress' battle with drug addiction, broadening the conflict in order to accommodate family strife between brassy showbiz all-rounder Doris Mann (MacLaine) and her addictive daughter Suzanne (Streep). While the film works partly on the level of exposé, this relationship dominates; as a result, Dreyfuss (kindly doctor), Quaid (unreliable lover) and Hackman (avuncular director) have an almost functional status. Fisher's intelligence and humour turn what might have been movie brat indulgence into something much sharper and involving. Nichols has a sure feel for the material, and he's blessed with two great performances from his leads (particularly a gutsy MacLaine). Despite the serious themes, the film remains essentially lightweight, with an uplifting resolution. This is Hollywood, after all.

Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mike Nichols
Screenwriter: Carrie Fisher
Cast: Shirley MacLaine
Simon Callow
Conrad Bain
Gary Morton
Gene Hackman
Mary Wickes
Rob Reiner
Annette Bening
CCH Pounder
Dennis Quaid
Meryl Streep
Richard Dreyfuss
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