History Film / ThePostman

20th Jan '17 8:26:46 PM Mdumas43073
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A [[TheNineties 1997]] [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie based on]] [[Literature/ThePostman a book]] by Creator/DavidBrin, about a wanderer in post-apocalyptic Oregon who ends up disguising himself as a US Postman and weaving an intricate story about the US government being reformed in order to con people out of food and shelter. He rapidly progresses from merely pretending to deliver the mail to ''actually'' delivering the mail, and with the help of a young man he meets early on in his travels, ends up recreating the postal service he claimed to represent. In the process he raises the ire of the [[CrazySurvivalist Holnists]], a cult of survivalists who have recently moved in and rule the area as feudal overlords, and the Postman and his new followers quickly find himself embroiled in a war. It was not a very successful movie, tanking at the box office, derailing Creator/KevinCostner's career and winning several [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie Awards]], but it has been looked on much more favorably in recent years.

Not to be [[TitleConfusion title-confused]] with ''IlPostino'' (1994), another movie named "The Postman" from the 1990's.

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A [[TheNineties 1997]] [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie based on]] [[Literature/ThePostman a book]] by Creator/DavidBrin, about a wanderer in post-apocalyptic Oregon who ends up disguising himself as a US U.S. Postman and weaving an intricate story about the US government being reformed in order to con people out of food and shelter. He rapidly progresses from merely pretending to deliver the mail to ''actually'' delivering the mail, and with the help of a young man he meets early on in his travels, ends up recreating the postal service he claimed to represent. In the process he raises the ire of the [[CrazySurvivalist Holnists]], a cult of survivalists who have recently moved in and rule the area as feudal overlords, and the Postman and his new followers quickly find himself embroiled in a war. It was not a very successful movie, tanking at the box office, derailing Creator/KevinCostner's career and winning several [[UsefulNotes/GoldenRaspberryAward Razzie Awards]], but it has been looked on much more favorably in recent years.

Not to be [[TitleConfusion title-confused]] with confused with]] ''IlPostino'' (1994), another movie named "The Postman" from the 1990's.1990s.
12th Dec '16 12:42:09 PM Pysiewicz
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* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The first hour involves a group of characters conscripted to join the Holinists, most of which are dead by one hour in and long forgotten by the end of the film. There isn't even a "Postman" until after this - a full hour in.

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* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The first hour involves a group of characters conscripted to join the Holinists, most of which are dead by one hour in and long forgotten by the end of the film. There isn't even a "Postman" until after this - a full hour in. For contrast, the book almost opened with Gordon getting the postman uniform.
11th Nov '16 8:35:47 AM Pysiewicz
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* FromNobodyToNightmare: General Bethlehem mentions that before the war, he was a copier salesman.

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General Bethlehem mentions that before the war, he was a copier salesman.salesman.
** Shakespeare was just a random vagrant, who ends up as ''de facto'' leader of Restored Postal Service and one of the biggest players in North-Western USA. He manages to muster an army just by his sheer charisma.
29th Jan '16 11:36:03 AM CynicalBastardo
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* {{Expy}}: The Postman starts off as one to [[Film/MadMax Max Rockatansky]] before CharacterDevelopment sets in.

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* {{Expy}}: The Postman starts off as one to [[Film/MadMax Max Rockatansky]] before CharacterDevelopment sets in. Several critics noted that he and Costner's Mariner in ''Film/{{Waterworld}}'' are Max's copycat descendants.
29th Jan '16 11:35:01 AM CynicalBastardo
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* {{Expy}}: The Postman starts off as one to [[Film/MadMax Max Rockatansky]] before CharacterDevelopment sets in.
12th Sep '15 1:55:40 PM NTC3
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8th Aug '15 8:50:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* AFatherToHisMen: General Bethlehem thinks he's one of these. Amusingly, it's fairly clear almost every one of his men hates him to the core but none of them want to stand up to him (assuming the other people in the army are loyal Holnists). He was just [[GenreSavvy savvy]] enough to scare everyone into strict submission during their "conscription".

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* AFatherToHisMen: General Bethlehem thinks he's one of these. Amusingly, it's fairly clear almost every one of his men hates him to the core but none of them want to stand up to him (assuming the other people in the army are loyal Holnists). He was just [[GenreSavvy savvy]] smart enough to scare everyone into strict submission during their "conscription".



* GenreSavvy:
** General Bethlehem is interrogating the sheriff of Pineview to learn where Shakespeare went; the sheriff tells him he went East (which is a lie), after which the general sends a search party east...and then sends three more west, north, and south, just in case the sheriff is lying.
-->"They better find him east."
** The sheriff himself. He instantly deduced that Shakespeare is a fraud who is using an old uniform to pose as a postman. He is also savvy enough to keep it to himself, so his community's morale won't fall.
27th Jul '15 2:20:57 PM TheGreatSkrond
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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Bethlehem, to an extent. The most obvious example is his "invocation" of the ''jus primae noctis'' which (mostly) never existed.


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* ResignationsNotAccepted: When the Postman tries to escape, the rest of the army tries to kill him. But this trope is important later.
27th Jul '15 1:06:47 PM TheGreatSkrond
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* AdaptationalWimp: Holnists are barely organised, but well-armed mob - ''nothing'' like ultra-survivalist AlwaysChaoticEvil original from books. Even their evilness is considerably toned down.

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* AdaptationalWimp: Holnists are a barely organised, but well-armed mob - ''nothing'' like ultra-survivalist AlwaysChaoticEvil original from books. Even their evilness is considerably toned down.


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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Holnists. Social Darwinism? Check. Militarism? Check. Racial purity? Check. Being total dicks generally? Check.


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* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Arguably, the scene with the Postman swimming away downriver. Yes, it's hard to hit a target moving independently and with the current more or less randomly, but they fired a ''lot'' of shots.
14th Jul '15 11:19:01 AM YT45
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** Then again, a fair amount of them (like Shakespeare) are shown to be conscripts recruited at gunpoint who only stay because Bethlehem makes sure they have nowhere else to go, so it makes sense.
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