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At Theaters: 12/25/1997 On Video: 6/23/1998
Rated: R Length: 3 hr. 00 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 129711
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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In the year 2013 a war has devastated America. A stranger (Costner), dressed in a postal uniform, wanders into an isolated town claiming to be The Postman. Although he is inventing a personal history simply to get a meal and shelter, the people, desperate to believe that life and comfort exist beyond the next hill, embrace The Postman. The mail he carries becomes a symbol of hope, inspiring the people to fight back against the army that has conquered them. Now the masquerading Postman must decide whether to admit his deception and move on, or fight for the fledgling society he has inadvertently created.

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Action Drama - THE POSTMAN is being billed as a futuristic adventure, but thrills are not exactly plentiful in this slow, nearly three-hour film. Costner completists may enjoy this film, but those looking for the action that the commercials promise will be disappointed, as will those looking for a satisfying story.  Children will be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Kevin Costner (TinCup, Dances With Wolves)
Will Patton (Copycat, No Way Out)
Larenz Tate (Love Jones, Dead Presidents)
Olivia Williams - Extensive theater work.
James Russo (Donnie Brasco,Beverly Hills Cop)
Tom Petty - Rock Music Star, No Previous Acting
Dir/Prod: Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves)
Producer: Jim Wilson (Dances With Wolves, The Bodyguard)
Producer: Steve Tisch (Forrest Gump, Risky Business)
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PROFANITY: Strong not too often.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief nudity during a sex scene.
VIOLENCE: Plenty of mostly bloodless violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Lots of gunplay and fighting.
COMEDY: Some (not counting unintentional humor).
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Terrible
Kevin Costner has no one to blame but himself for the fiasco that is THE POSTMAN, his first directorial effort since his 1990 multiple Oscar winner DANCES WITH WOLVES.  Even die hard Costner fans will have trouble sitting through this pretentious, overlong (nearly three hours) sci-fi "adventure" in which Costner plays a drifter posing as a postman in a postapocalyptic, anarchic 2013 American Northwest; somehow he becomes the embodiment of hope for citizens fighting against evil gangs in what is now the former United States.  The most amusement in THE POSTMAN comes not from the action sequences or even the performances (and there are a few good ones--not including Costner's) but from the unintentional laughs derived from the ludicrous story and dreadful dialogue.  If there is anything Costner has succeeded in with THE POSTMAN, it is making a worse movie than his last sci-fi starring effort, the notorious budgetbuster WATERWORLD.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 108 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
3
High
100%%
13-19Teens (M/F)
13
Fairly High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
15
About 50/50
73%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
About 50/50
67%%
30+Adults (M)
36
Fairly High
92%%
30+Adults (F)
35
Fairly High
86%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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