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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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
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

Cast

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
Stanley de Santis
Bazil Donovan
Ellen Lewis
Juliet Taylor
CCH Pounder
as Julie Marsden
Sidney Armus
as Sid Roth
Robin Bartlett
as Aretha
Barbara Garrick
as Carol
Anthony Heald
as George Lazan
Oliver Platt
as Neil Bleene
Michael Ontkean
as Robert Munch
Pepe Serna
as Raoul
Mark Lowenthal
as Bart
J.D. Souther
as Ted
Peter Onorati
as Cameraman
Douglas Roberts
as Soundman
R.M. Haley
as Assistant Director No. 1
Kathleen Gray
as Cindy
Gloria Crayton
as Maid at Party
Gary Matanky
as Sound Editor
Marc Tubert
as Sound Editor
John Verea
as Young Intern
Rene Assa
as Passport Official
Natalia Nogulich
as Friend at Airport
Susan Forristal
as Friends at Airport
Evelina Fernandez
as Airline Employee
Neil Machlis
as Rob Sonnenfeld
Gary Jones
as Fan at Party
Jane Galloway
as Nurse
Jason Tomlins
as Officer
Shelley Kirk
as First Lady
Jessica Z. Diamond
as Script Supervisor
Sheridan Leatherbury
as Stand-In
Ken Gutstein
as Director of Photography
James Deeth
as Helicopter Pilot
Jim Cuddy
as Blue Rodeo Band
Greg Keelor
as Blue Rodeo Band
Bob Weiseman
as Blue Rodeo Band
Carrie Fisher
George D. Wallace
as Carl
Steven Brill
as Assistant Director No. 2
Susan Forristal
as Friends at Airport
Jessica Z. Diamond
as Script Supervisor
Bob Weiseman
as Blue Rodeo Band
Sidney Armus
as Sid Roth
Rene Assa
as Passport Official
Mark Lowenthal
as Bart
Barbara Garrick
as Carol
Ken Gutstein
as Director of Photography
Oliver Platt
as Neil Bleene
Evelina Fernandez
as Airline Employee
Anthony Heald
as George Lazan
Michael Ontkean
as Robert Munch
Gary Jones
as Fan at Party
Robin Bartlett
as Aretha
Sheridan Leatherbury
as Stand-In
Shelley Kirk
as First Lady
Gloria Crayton
as Maid at Party
Natalia Nogulich
as Friend at Airport
Neil Machlis
as Rob Sonnenfeld
Kathleen Gray
as Cindy
George D. Wallace
as Carl
Jane Galloway
as Nurse
Peter Onorati
as Cameraman
James Deeth
as Helicopter Pilot
Greg Keelor
as Blue Rodeo Band
Jason Tomlins
as Officer
R.M. Haley
as Assistant Director No. 1
Jim Cuddy
as Blue Rodeo Band
Marc Tubert
as Sound Editor
CCH Pounder
as Julie Marsden
Gary Matanky
as Sound Editor
John Verea
as Young Intern
Douglas Roberts
as Soundman
Pepe Serna
as Raoul
J.D. Souther
as Ted

Crew

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