The Postman 1997

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Kevin Costner stars in and directs this futuristic, post-apocalyptic film. In the year 2013, Earth has been ravaged by World War Three, its population fragmented into isolated communities. These groups are terrorised by General Bethlehem (Will Patton) and his army, until a wandering performer (Kevin Costner) appropriates the uniform of a postman, and is eagerly accepted into the community of Pi...

Starring:
Kevin Costner,Will Patton
Runtime:
2 hours, 50 minutes

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The Postman

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Kevin Costner
Starring Kevin Costner, Will Patton
Supporting actors 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
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Ash VINE VOICE on 2 Feb. 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I actually bought this film because it was one special offer. It was one of those buy three for 12 or something and I needed to make up numbers so I went for the longest film I could find.
I was therefore pleasantly surprised when I watched it and it turned out to be pretty good. The plot is a bit farfetched with the notion of a postapocalyptic world in which Costner can essentially reprise and slightly modify his roles in Dances with Wolves and Waterworld.
I was a little dubious about this premise and I usually despise films which glorify the US beyond all recognition, such as U-571, and The Patriot, so I do kinda agree with one of the other reviewers because it does spoil the general feel of the movie. Having said that if you can ignore the blatant patriotism it is a good action/adventure movie.
The main reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of its focus on America and all the generic notions of freedom the theme inevitably projects, and becuase it is slightly too long, most people do seem to get bored, but I liked this film and Costner does puts in a good performance as both actor and director.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
'AMERICA' 2013 -
(The review gives a basic plot outline)
War has laid-waste to technology and indeed 'Hope' those that have survived live in an apocalyptic World.
Tyranny is rife, the few hold sway over the the many by use of force.......
Drifter and Shakespearean performer who will become known as 'The Postman' (Kevin Costner) comes across a small community
on his travels where, for a meal, he puts on a one-man Shakespeare-Play, whilst there a group of raiders who were to become known
to him as 'The Holnists' led by self proclaimed 'General' - 'Bethlehem' (Will Patton) they seek both supply's and recruitment of fit men
aged between 15 and 50, 'The Postman' gets caught up with the 'General's' captives.
The training is strict and indeed brutal, 'Bethlehem' demands that his word is beyond questioning, he has taken away that which the
drifter holds dear - freedom.
When given the task to seek out one of the groups own that had failed to return the drifter see's his chance to break free, whist on the
run he comes across a Jeep which he uses for shelter, inside the remains of former postal workers along with a pack full of undelivered
letters, it is then that he realizes that there is no communication between settlements.
He comes across another settlement who are initially reluctant to let the stranger past it's gates, however as luck would have it, one of
the letters he now carried was addressed to one of the community.
This gets him a bath and a meal, the community listen with great attention and hope as he is questioned of what was going on beyond
where they lived,they believe that he really is The Postman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
I was myself surprised that I mostly liked this 1997 post-apocalyptic SF film, considering that I totally hated the book and that I also strongly dislike Kevin Costner (I don't know why - it is an irrational thing). Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

After the collapse of civilization and death of most humans, in what was once Oregon a nomadic survivor (Kevin Costner) earns his living by performances of Shakespearean plays given in small isolated communities. However at one moment he is forced to join the army of Holnists, a weird survivalist militia which is now the dominant force in what used to be the United States. Their leader, general Bethlehem (Will Patton) is a charismatic, well spoken and surprisingly well red, but not entirely stable megalomaniac. I will not say anything more about the story, but as the title indicates, you can expect that a postman uniform will play an important part in it.

At nearly three hours this is a very long film, but I was actually quite taken by the story and I am glad that I finally saw it. The main character is not entirely likeable in the beginning - in fact he is more a con man than anything else - but it actually works at his advantage, as somehow it is easier to connect with him. He also changes a little bit with time. For once, I actually found Kevin Costner very good, as he plays this somehow shady "hero" exactly as it should be done.

The story is not half bad as actually many moments are quite moving. The whole idea of a myth which so greatly fulfills the needs of people that it starts to live its own life and ultimately becomes reality was quite well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Ray Cyrus on 10 Dec. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Costner is a self appointed 'U.S. Postman' in this 3 hour long post-apocalyptic American movie. Its a hash up of Planet of the Apes (1968) and Mad Max. The Messiah-like 'Postman' (Kevin Costner) takes on the role of mediator of the small communities that exist in his desolate area of post apocalyptic America. He fights tyrants, and tells lies to the innocent people (in the random communities) by telling them he is a 'Postman' appointed by the "new American President". Said American president, however ,does not exist.

Lots of melodramatic cliche and plot holes in this 3 hour 'epic'. Let the fun begin folks- Synopsis (Spoilers ahead) :
Costner is a loner, Costner gets arrested (Planet of the Apes style) by ruthless gang leader villain named Bethlehem (hello), Costner escapes, Costner finds a dead postman (skeleton) in a jeep. Costner steals skeleton's uniform and satchel with letters and calls himself - 'The Postman'. Wow....

Costner..erm 'Postman' visits a commune dressed as a 'postman' , and becomes a hero by telling lies e.g. the USA Government is back in action in the post apocalyptic world and they believe his lies cos they think the US Government has re-started the US postal service.--This gives hope to the people of the commune......

Messiah-like Costner then helps impregnate a childless woman; falls in love with said women, and then they run away to the woods together.

Then costner builds up a resistance army predicated on a lie - all Costners (The Postman) soldiers want to believe in the US Postal service like children believe in Santa Claus.
Costner's (The Postman) little army wears the uniform of the US postman (no idea where they found the uniforms).

I did not care about any of the characters except for Costner's mule Bill.
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