The PostmanDecember 25, 1997
Post-apocalyptic America. What begins as a con game becomes one man's quest to rebuild civilization by resuming postal service.
Release Year: 1997
Rating: 5.6/10 (31,244 voted)
Critic's Score: 29/100
Stars: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate
In the year 2013 civilization has all but destroyed itself. After a war that decimated the government and most of the population of the United States (possibly the world) people struggle to survive against starvation and rogue groups of armed men. One such group is called the Holnists. This group is bigger than any other and their leader, General Bethlehem, has delusions of ruling the country. A drifter is captured by the group and forced to join. He escapes at the first chance and happens on a mail jeep with a skeleton in it. The skeleton is wearing a postal uniform and the drifter takes it to keep him warm. He also finds a mailbag and starts conning people with old letters. The hope he sees in the people he delivers to changes his plans and he decides that he must help bring the Holnists down.
Writers: David Brin, Eric Roth
Ford Lincoln Mercury
Daniel von Bargen
Pineview Sheriff Briscoe
Bridge City Mayor
Brian Anthony Wilson
The year is 2013. One man walked in off the horizon and hope came with him.
Warner Bros. |
Release Date: 25 December 1997
Filming Locations: Anacortes, Washington, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $5,260,324
(28 December 1997)
Did You Know?
The actors did their own stuntwork on the rope bridge scene, and Kevin Costner, a skilled equestrian did his own horse-riding. He also performed the cable cart scene himself, with the cart winched through the air by helicopter.
When Ford-Lincoln-Mercury and the postal carrier from California (Clark) are about to be executed, and Ford introduces himself, we flash to a distance shot, in which we see Clark remove his hat. We then flash to a closeup, and Clark removes his hat again.
I know you. You're… famous.
I was once… sorta.
See it, then decide
It's a depressing fact that the moviegoing public is being brainwashed by
critics to hate everything involving Kevin Costner. When released in 1997
this breathtaking, thought-provoking epic was largely ignored and limped
a box office gross of $14 million, thanks to some vicious
Lest we forget, Costner made the magnificent Dances With Wolves, but that
was in the days when we were told it was okay to like him. His directorial
follow up is every bit as good. He knows about directing. He coaxes
performances from his casts. He has real vision and takes chances. Like
Michael Cimino, his efforts are belittled and mocked while directors with
clearly less talent are applauded.
So to all those people who stayed away in droves and screw their faces up
the mention of this film, I say watch it before you criticise it. Don't
on some magazine writer to tell you who's good and who's not. Your brain
there for a reason.