Plot: In the year 2013 civilization has all but destroyed itself. After a war that decimated the government and most of the population of the United States (possibly the world) people struggle to survive against starvation and rogue groups of armed men. One such group is called the Holnists. This group is bigger than any other and their leader, General Bethlehem, has delusions of ruling the country. A drifter is captured by the group and forced to join. He escapes at the first chance and happens on a mail jeep with a skeleton in it. The skeleton is wearing a postal uniform and the drifter takes it to keep him warm. He also finds a mailbag and starts conning people with old letters. The hope he sees in the people he delivers to changes his plans and he decides that he must help bring the Holnists down.

Rating: R for violence and some sexuality

Directed By: Kevin Costner

Written By: Eric Roth, Brian Helgeland and David Brin (Novel)

Production: Tig Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures

In Theaters: December 28, 1997

Box Office: $17,593,391 (USA)

Budget: $80,000,000 (estimated)

Runtime: 2 hr. 57 mins.


The Postman – Kevin Costner
General Bethlehem – Will Patton
Ford Lincoln Mercury – Larenz Tate
Abby – Olivia Williams
Idaho – James Russo
Pineview Sheriff Briscoe – Daniel von Bargen
Bridge City Mayor – Tom Petty

Luke – Scott Bairstow
Bandit 20 – Giovanni Ribisi
Irene March – Roberta Maxwell
Colonel Getty – Joe Santos
Old George – Ron McLarty
Ellen March – Peggy Lipton
Woody – Brian Anthony Wilson
Gibbs – Todd Allen
Mercer – Rex Linn
Billy – Shawn Hatosy
Eddie March – Ryan Hurst