Postcards from the Edge

Synopsis: Substance-addicted Hollywood actress Suzanne Vale is on the skids. After a spell at a detox center her film company insists, as a condition of continuing to employ her, that she live with her mother Doris Mann, herself once a star and now a champion drinker. Such a set-up is bad news for Suzanne who has struggled for years to get out of her mother's shadow, and who finds her mother still treats her like a child. Despite these problems - and further ones involving the men in in her life - Suzanne can begin to see the funny side of her situation, and it also starts to occur to her that not only do daughters have mothers, mothers do too.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Mike Nichols
Production: Columbia Pictures Corporation
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations.
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101 min

- Will she be okay?

- I don't know.

Where can we reach you?

I'll call. There's empty

bottles of pills in her purse.

I think that's what she took.


What'd she take?

- Pills. Demerol, Percodan, cocaine.

- Give me her vitals.

Blood pressure's 84/20

and she's tachycardic.

- What's she saying?

- Something about being foolish.

You can say that again.

- You want ipecac?

- She's too unresponsive.

We have to pump your stomach!

Do I have to be there?

Nasty dream?

Everybody has those.

You'll have them for a while.


I'm Julie Marsden, director of the

rehab unit. I'm here to admit you.

Excuse me?

Which part is confusing you?

I'm in rehab?

Yes, Dr. Feldman and your mother

had you transferred...

...from the emergency room last night.

I'm in a rehab?

You don't remember

having your stomach pumped?

Oh. That's what...

My mother knows?

She was here while

you were unconscious last night.


Oh, God.

Why did they pump my stomach?

You would have died if they hadn't.

Why can't I remember anything?

You were probably in a blackout.

And you don't remember

taking any drugs?

Oh, well, sure.

Some, but not, I mean...

How did I get to the emergency room?

A man dropped you off unconscious.


I'm not a detective.

I'm here to admit you

and, God willing, help you.

I'd like to ask a few questions.

A guy dropped me off?

Did you try to take your life?

- Oh, please!

- I'm sorry if the question offends you.

But having to have your stomach pumped

indicates fairly suicidal behaviour.

Well, the behaviour might be,

but I'm certainly not.

I want you to know

that I know you're scared.

And that this is

the place to handle it.

I don't really understand

how I almost died. That's not...

That's never what I wanted to do.

What did you want to do?

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Carrie Fisher

Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer, and humorist. Fisher is known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role for which she was nominated for three Saturn Awards. Her other film credits include Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The 'Burbs (1989), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Soapdish (1991), and The Women (2008). She was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performances on the television series 30 Rock and Catastrophe. She was posthumously made a Disney Legend in 2017, and in 2018 she was awarded a posthumous Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. Fisher wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge and an autobiographical one-woman play, and its non-fiction book, Wishful Drinking, based on the play. She wrote the screenplay for the film version of Postcards From The Edge which garnered her a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, and her one-woman stage show of Wishful Drinking was filmed for television and received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special. She worked on other writers' screenplays as a script doctor, including tightening the scripts for Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992), The Wedding Singer (1998), and many of the films from the Star Wars franchise, among others. In later years, she earned praise for speaking publicly about her experiences with bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Fisher was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. She and her mother appear in Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, a documentary about their relationship. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Fisher died of a sudden cardiac arrest on December 27, 2016, at age 60, four days after experiencing a medical emergency during a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. One of her final films, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was released on December 15, 2017 and is dedicated to her. Fisher will, however, appear in Star Wars: Episode IX through the use of unreleased footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi . more…

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