History Film / ThePostman

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.
30th Jun '15 5:54:51 PM WeirdKev27
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** [[Film/BackToTheFuture Richard Starkey, the drummer? Then who's Vice President?]] [[Music/EltonJohn Reginald Dwight?]]
29th Jun '15 7:39:42 AM TheUsualSuspect
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* HonorBeforeReason: A DefiedTrope. Shakespeare goes out of his way to impress upon his postmen that he does not want them giving their lives to protect the mail.
-->Tell me something: how much mail can a dead Postman deliver?



* HonorBeforeReason: A DefiedTrope. Shakespeare goes out of his way to impress upon his postmen that he does not want them giving their lives to protect the mail.
-->Tell me something: how much mail can a dead Postman deliver?
29th May '15 9:48:46 PM jormis29
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* PopulationXAndCounting: The Pineveiw town sign has a population number that has been repeatedly crossed out and re-written, going from 267 to 132 even before the town came to the attention to the Holinists.

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* PopulationXAndCounting: The Pineveiw town sign has a population number that has been repeatedly crossed out and re-written, going from 267 to 132 even before the town came to the attention to of the Holinists.
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