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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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Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Kevin Costner
Starring Kevin Costner, Will Patton
Supporting actors Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams, James Russo, Daniel von Bargen, Tom Petty, Scott Bairstow, Giovanni Ribisi, Roberta Maxwell, Joe Santos, Ron McLarty, Peggy Lipton, Brian Anthony Wilson, Todd Allen, Rex Linn, Shawn Hatosy, Ryan Hurst, Charles Esten, Annie Costner
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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Format: DVD
There are some irritating and unbelievable aspects to this film (such as raising an army 'just like that' at the end). However, I let that - and other elements - roll by and found myself enjoying it anyway. It may not be classy, it may be a bizarre idea, but it made for guilty fun watching it. I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic films/TV anyway: The Omega Man, A Boy and his Dog, Day of the Triffids (the BBC series, not the film of course) Waterworld. And it has Olivia Williams in it too.
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Generally I prefer my post apocalyptic stuff with a bit more sci-fi and a lot less western than this film contains. Still its well produced but the story is rather scrappy in places and I'm not sure it was neccesary to drag it at over nearly 3 hours. It was also short on 'realism' with the link to the previous world restricted to a couple of small towns and a dusty gas station. I much prefer to see more in the way of abandoned infrastructure than this film offers to give that true sense of a post-apocalptic universe. That coupled with the strong western theme meant it fell short of being an epic film, with only decent acting and production values saving it from the lower end of the scoring table. Overall not too disappointing but could have been a lot better.
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Format: DVD
I first watched this film many years ago and always felt it had been unfairly panned by the critics.
Based on the book of the same name by David Brin, it tells of a post-nuke, fragmented society where fear rules. Basic plot - "The postman" uses a uniform he finds to set up a scam... letters for food as he moves between settlements. But it all becomes real.. and the success of the mail service brings together the villages and unites them and enables them to defeat the enemy rebel army and rebuild society once more.
My 12 year old has just watched the film on TV, then read the book when we told him there was a copy on the bookshelf, then asked us to buy the DVD so he could watch it again (which he did several times!). The fairly strong morals in this story obviously spoke to him.
Any film which can entice a 12 year old boy to read a full length novel has got to have something going for it!
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This is one truly magnificent film,it needed to be so long purely for the deep passions of the many secondary tales to be shown,Kevin Costner is a superb actor and the supporting cast lived up to his standards very well.I love the patriotic splendour of this masterpiece of apocalyptic disaster,it tugs at the heartstrings and gives hope for the future whatever that may hold.You feel the humanity so well,the weaknesses and strengths that make each of us what we are,the doubts and confusions of right and wrong merging so seamlessly in so many of the scenes.Its worth watching over and over,you see more each time you watch it.The critics were utterly wrong,this film is a masterpiece
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Dreadful... I really liked Costner in his other blockbusters... even 13 Days despite the dodgy accent .. but the story, if u can call it that and the awful over acting of the villain (Patton) .. :( :(
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Format: DVD
This is a good film, despite what the critics say.
Kevin Costner provides excellent direction and above normal hollywood standard acting. Will Patton portrays the antagonist perfectly as so do all the cast play their roles. Each character is believable and bodies out well without the need of any obvious cliches.
The cinematography is excellent as well are the sets bringing out the best of America's western region and also giving an imense view of a post-apocolyptic world.
The story line holds well and its length is well deserving. A few lines may seem sugary but in all creates a wonderful story that isn't to far from being believable.
If you like long dramas or any film with a slight Sci-fi edge, you will enjoy this film.
Big budget independant film at its best.
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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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