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


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