The Postman (1997)

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Movie Info

Kevin Costner directed and stars in this adaptation of David Brin's science fiction novel The Postman (1985), first published in 1982 issues of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. Costner's return to directing after his Oscar-winning Dances With Wolves(1990) is a futuristic epic depicting the aftermath of a destructive war. Some 16 years from the present day, America has been turned into a wasteland of separated communities minus a national government. A vagabond (Costner) who travels … More

Rating: R (sex, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Roth, Brian Helgeland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 23, 1998
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast


as The Postman

as Bethlehem

as Idaho

as Sheriff Briscoe

as Bridge City Mayor

as Bandit No. 20

as Irene March

as Getty

as Ellen March

as Ellen March

as Old George

as Mercer

as Gibbs

as Ponytail
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Critic Reviews for The Postman

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (12)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

...wasn't bad for the first two hours, but then kept going another hour

Full Review… | May 3, 2006
LYTRules.com

The first half of Costner's The Postman is actually quite interesting, but it falters badly in the second half with a few unintentional howlers.

March 3, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

Audience Reviews for The Postman

½

Costner plays with an unlikely concept: that the little threads that form society are among the most resonant , like a thing as easily dismissable as the delivery of the mail being the hope in an apocalyptic aftermath. Sometimes corny, yes, but a point well taken.

ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Considering all the flack that The Postman has received, I'm surprised that I enjoyed the film, and that it is actually pretty good. The film is certainly better than what the mainstream critics have said about the film, and I think that this film is quite frankly underrated. The film is pretty entertaining, and has a pretty good cast to support the film. Kevin Costner tends to direct biog, sweeping epic style films, and though this isn't exactly Dances With Wolves, the story is quite grand. What surprised me about The Postman was Will Patton's performance, he was really intense on-screen, and he plays a great villain in any film he does. Patton lights up the screen, and he is a terrific antagonist. The Postman is a very good, underrated film that Costner fans should check out. The Postman is quite frankly underrated and it's a better film than what most critics have said. This film has a good story, despite the fact that it's not perfect, the film is entertaining and has a good cast to boot. The Postman is well constructed post-apocalyptic action drama that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. I agree that the film could have been much better, but for what it is, The Postman is good entertainment. Kevin Costner directs an entertaining film that is far better than what most people have said it would be. Watch this film with an open mind, and you be the judge. I enjoyed it, it's not perfect, but it definitely isn't awful.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Sometimes I feel kind of sorry for Kevin Costner. Two out of two post-apocalyptic movies he's made, that both flopped and were torn a new one by the critics. One being Waterworld, which I personally find highly underrated, and the other being this, which altough not as good, has also become the victim of an undeserved degree of heckling. I may concur on it being cheesy and weak in its writing, but in a grander perspective, it's actually not that bad. It was worth the view at least, even if it's a little too lengthy for its own good.

CloudStrife84
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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