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Postman [DVD] [1997]

  • SKU: 17988901
  • Release Date: 09/08/2009
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 13)

    Special Features

    • Documentary Segment Detailing the Creation of Noteworthy Special Effects Sequences with Commentary by the Special Effects Creators Production Notes
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • Closed Captioned


    The Postman
    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 through these little villages performing Shakespeare is captured by marauders known as the Holnists, and thrown into a totalitarian labor camp run by a Hitler-like dictator, General Bethlehem (Will Patton). Making an escape, the drifter, known to some as "Shakespeare," stumbles across an abandoned U.S. Postal Service jeep and dons the dead postal-worker's uniform. With a scheme simply to get food, he sets out to deliver 15-year-old mail, proclaiming himself The Postman, and discovers that residents accept his lies about a restored United States government because they desperately need something to believe in. This hope leads to the thought that perhaps the United States of America could indeed be restored, so an unusually inspired young man, Ford (Laren Tate) is deputized with the "Neither snow, nor rain..." oath to become the country's second Postman. At the town of Pineview, the attractive Abby (Olivia Williams), who has an impotent husband, asks The Postman to impregnate her. After Abby's husband is killed during a raid by Bethlehem, she is taken prisoner but injures Bethlehem and makes an escape. Pregnant, she spends the winter nursing the wounded Postman in a snowbound cabin. When spring comes, they emerge to discover that Ford has organized an entire squad of mail deliverers who regard The Postman as a mythical hero. The Postman reluctantly accepts his messianic role in the rebirth of the country, even as it becomes clear that the rebel force must ultimately battle and defeat the Holnist army in order to regain the American Dream. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Kevin Costner
      Kevin Costner - The Postman
    • Will Patton
      Will Patton - Bethlehem
    • Larenz Tate
      Larenz Tate - Ford
    • Olivia Williams
      Olivia Williams - Abby
    • James Russo
      James Russo - Idaho

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie


      I feel this movie was never given it's due. Most ratings are fairly negative and I've never understood why. This movie has a great story and is very well casted. A classic tale of good v evil that will leave you with a warm feeling of hope at the end. I love this movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      I liked it!!

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Remember this show from a while back. Different twist on our fate for the future. Tom Petty has an interesting small part. Will Patton is awesome as usual. Too bad Giovanni Ribisi's part was not bigger. Kevin Costner directed. Gets a bit slow and long in the middle. Good Show if you like Kevin Costner!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Awful Movie


      "You give out hope like it was candy in your pocket." - Abby. C'mon man! I can't remember the last time Kevin Costner made a good movie, with the exception of Thirteen Days. Which in my opinion was his last good one and I was very hesitant to watch it after a string of sh***y films he made. This one is on the top of the heap.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Your Average Kevin Costner Movie


      Kevin Costner plays a man travelling alone and comes across a group of people and saves them(wait that's all Kevin Costner movies). Story is interesting and cinematography is good. I think it is worth it to own.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A movie for guys who like movies

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This reminds me of one of those late night popcorn movies I'd find on t.v. when nothing else was on and be glad I watched it. Not a great movie but better than I thought it would be.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      I think it's underrated...

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Kevin Costner stars and directs this 3 hour epic of a man trying to deliver some mail....really! Haha, it's good tho....if you like Kevin Costner, you won't mind this.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Postman

      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      The Postman is a great Disaster movie. If you liked Waterworld then you'll like The Postman. Kevin Costner is really good in this movie. The Postman has a great plot and great action.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Kevin Costner Movie


      Another great Costner movie. Just a little on the long side but the story line carries it quite well. A few slow moments but thats to be expected in any movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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