The Postman details
|Starring:||Olivia, Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Olivia Williams, James Russo, Tom Petty, Peggy Lipton, Roberta Maxwell, Joe Santos, Ron McLarty, Daniel Von Bargen, Scott Bairstow, Giovanni Ribisi, Shawn Hatosy, Larenz Tate|
|Run time:||2 hours 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Sep 1998|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Oh my....By Viv Stafford from Coventry UK , 17 Dec 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Isn't it strange.. Of the negative reviews of this movie, 100% didn't really say *what* was bad, and the most detailed wasn't sureif it was Wild West or Science Fiction. A suggestion to such reviewers of this, or any other movie. PAY ATTENTION!
It's based on a sci-fi novella written in the '60's as I recall, though I've forgotten the author. The postman starts as a conman, trying to survive in the traditional post-apocalyptic world of isolated, wary communities. Of course, he ends up as a hero and a unifying cause: there are no great plot suprises once the movie gas got into it's groove.
But the movie still manages to be a classic. Costner is good, the filming and locations are great, and the villain works as a foil for the hero.
I rated this as five stars instead of four because it's that little bit different. The world is accidentally saved by a conman who talks his way into trouble then redemption in exchange for a bag of food.
At a whisker over two-and-a-half hours, it isn't short: but that's how long it takes to tell the story, so that's how long it is. Truth is, I can't tell you if you'll enjoy this movie or not : but what I *can* say is that it'll play fair, and give you every chance to love it.
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As a David Brinn fan I had to watch it, as a David Brinn fan I wish I hadn'tBy Dapprman (55 reviews) from Watford , 14 Sep 2013First off I knew there would be some deviation from the 1985 book (not 1960s that one other reviewer guessed), but what I did not realise was the only resemblance would be Costner's character finding the postman in the wreck (hardly a spoiler as it was on the sleeve notes of the book and is near the start of the book) and how he uses that at the first town he encounters. Aside from that this movie is completely different. So from the perspective of the movie itself, pretending it was not supposedly based on a book. Well it meanders, it's over-long, at times it's cringe-worthy. In many respects it's Costner going all apple pie on us. Company of Wolves and JFK this most certainly is not.
loved it start to endBy nobbyone (144 reviews) , 05 May 2013loved it all the way through. Had seen it before but it was like watching a new film. I wish i had ordered it sooner. The f emale lead was one strong woman
The postman lives!By a customer , 17 Apr 2013Cool. Better than rated. Worth a watch. Terry Pratchett fans will identify with it. Watch for the Moist Von Lipwig reference.
Better than reported.By a customer , 15 Apr 2013I suspect the problems most people have with this film are less to do with the film itself, which is a good yarn with some interesting things to say about communication's ability to stifle tyranny, and more to do with perceptions of the existing US state and the postal service. Which is kind of missing the point - namely the power of symbols, even if the synbols themselves are misunderstood or don't in themselves make sense. Not a masterpiece by any stretch, should have been shorter, cheesy predictable end, but didn't definitely deserve the slating it got.
Cringeworthy. Long. Good start. Terrible end.By a customer , 06 Apr 2013If you like interesting, thought provoking, intelligent cinema, don't watch this film. It's pure bubblegum for the brain. The last hour is particularly cringe-worthy, with patronising statements mid fight like 'we don't have to kill each other', which translates as 'the audience can't think for themselves so I think in this scene we'll state the obvious. Again.' The plot had so much potential and the film began with promise. Even Costner seemed to be stepping away from his generally prescribed role of silent and reluctant hero. With all his money and access to talented script writers this film should have been far better. The backdrops are stunning in places though!
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