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Mike Nichols lends some comic structure to Carrie Fisher's best-selling confessional novel concerning a woman's struggles with drug addiction and mother-daughter rivalry (subjects Fisher admits to understanding all too well). Meryl Streep, in her most full-blown comic performance up to that point, plays Suzanne Vale, a popular movie actress well on her way to a Hollywood crack-up. Suzanne suffers from blackouts and memory lapses, and awakens in the beds of men she doesn't remember; she is a barely-functioning wreck on the set of her latest movie. When a coke dealer who delivers stops by her dressing room between takes, she swiftly finds herself being rushed to the hospital, suffering the effects of a narcotics bender. While in detox, Suzanne attempts to piece her life and career back together, but her confidence is shattered when her mother arrives at the rehab clinic -- Doris Mann, a famed film icon from the 1950s and 1960s (Shirley MacLaine). Doris is soon soaking up the adulation and applause of Suzanne's fellow recovering drug addicts. Upon Suzanne's release, she must compete with her mother for attention and fame as she tries to walk a thin line as a recovering drug abuser. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:September 12, 1990


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Shel Silverstein Best Original Song 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Shel Silverstein Best Song 1990 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Meryl Streep Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Meryl Streep Best Actress 1990 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Shirley MacLaine Best Actress 1990 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Shirley MacLaine Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1990 Nominee


Meryl Streep
as Suzanne Vale
Shirley MacLaine
as Doris Mann
Dennis Quaid
as Jack Falkner
Gene Hackman
as Lowell
Richard Dreyfuss
as Dr. Frankenthal
Rob Reiner
as Joe Pierce
Conrad Bain
as Grandpa
Mary Wickes
as Grandma
Annette Bening
as Evelyn Ames
Simon Callow
as Simon Asquith
Gary Morton
as Marty Wiener
Dana Ivey
as Wardrobe Mistress
Douglas Roberts
as Soundman
John Verea
as Young Intern
Gary Matanky
as Sound Editor
Bazil Donovan
J.D. Souther
as Ted
Pepe Serna
as Raoul
Jane Galloway
as Nurse
George D. Wallace
as Carl
Jason Tomlins
as Officer
R.M. Haley
as Assistant Director No. 1
Stanley de Santis
Greg Keelor
as Blue Rodeo Band
Peter Onorati
as Cameraman
Juliet Taylor
James Deeth
as Helicopter Pilot
Marc Tubert
as Sound Editor
Jim Cuddy
as Blue Rodeo Band
CCH Pounder
as Julie Marsden
Carrie Fisher
Robin Bartlett
as Aretha
Gary Jones
as Fan at Party
Sheridan Leatherbury
as Stand-In
Natalia Nogulich
as Friend at Airport
Neil Machlis
as Rob Sonnenfeld
Shelley Kirk
as First Lady
Gloria Crayton
as Maid at Party
Kathleen Gray
as Cindy
Steven Brill
as Assistant Director No. 2
Susan Forristal
as Friends at Airport
Michael Ontkean
as Robert Munch
Mark Lowenthal
as Bart
Barbara Garrick
as Carol
Ken Gutstein
as Director of Photography
Sidney Armus
as Sid Roth
Rene Assa
as Passport Official
Bob Weiseman
as Blue Rodeo Band
Jessica Z. Diamond
as Script Supervisor
Anthony Heald
as George Lazan
Ellen Lewis
Evelina Fernandez
as Airline Employee
Oliver Platt
as Neil Bleene


Mike Nichols
Robert Greenhut
Neil Machlis
Carrie Fisher
Book Author
Carrie Fisher
Michael Ballhaus
Paul Shaffer
Gilda Radner
Featured Music
Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein
Composer (Music Score)
Cole Porter
Featured Music
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Howard Shore
Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephen Sondheim
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Production Designer
Kandy Stern
Art Director
Mike Nichols
John Calley
Susan MacNair
Associate Producer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
J. Roy Helland