The Postman – Info





Release Date: 20th February 1998

Writers: David Brin(novel), Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland

Director: Kevin Costner

Production Companies: Tig Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures

Distributors: Warner Home video

Tagline: It is 2013. War has crippled the Earth. Technology has been erased. Our only hope is an unlikely hero.

Back of the Box:

In 2012 there are no highways and no dreams of a better tomorrow – only scattered survivors across what was once the United States. Into this apocalyptic wasteland comes an enigmatic drifter with a mule, a knack for Shakespeare and something yet undiscovered – the power to inspire hope.

Dances with Wolves double academy award winner kevin costner directs and plays a wayfarer in a world where might makes right – but destined to lead a heroic rebellion where right makes might. Sweeping battle scenes, breathtaking wilderness vistas and touching moments of personal triumph combine to ensure “The Postman delivers” (Jay Carr, the boston globe).

Kevin Costner The Postman
Will Patton General Bethlehem
Olivia Williams Abby
Laranz Tate Ford Lincoln Mercury
Daniel Von Bargen Pineview Sheriff Briscoe
Tom Petty Tom Petty


  • The fake president’s name, Richard Starkey, is the real name of Beatles drummer Ringo Star. The reference is  continued by saying to the assembly “It’s getting better. Getting better all the time”, lyrics from the song “Getting Better” by The Beatles.
  • The film contains a few references to other Kevin Coster films. A mule is killed and Civil War battles (Dances with Wolves), threatening to use a spoon as a weapon (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) and Costner’s character being asked for his “seed,” (Waterworld).
  • The Crew referred to the film as “Dirt-World” while shooting.
  • All of Kevin Costner’s Children appear in the film.
  • While shooting the video for the song You Got Lucky in 1982 (with a post-apocalyptic theme) Tom Petty said said he’d like to appear in a futuristic movie as a post war character.