The Postman, a film starring Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate, and Olivia Williams, is about a plausible quasi-apocalyptic post-America era after the weather and climate have become severe and bizarre and after an extremely major war has left the American population decimated with only individuals and small groups subsisting as best that they can manage to do to eek out a living; in which there are only isolated individuals and groups fending for themselves, left over afterwards.
Kevin Costner portrays the man who later becomes known as "Shakespeare"; who apparently had been an actor/thespian vagabond wanderer in previous portions of his life, who becomes captured by a cruel para-military group named "the Holnists"; led by a heinous Klan-leader-despot named General Bethlehem; but he, "Shakespeare", somehow manages to escape the Holnists camp to become a wanderer again.
Then afterwards, as he is traversing a rural road in the forested mountains of the Pacific Northwest on a bitterly cold and dark and rainy night, he somehow accidentally slips and falls; then slipping and sliding down a slope. He comes to a stop near to where there is a crashed U.S. Postal Service Jeep with the dead skeleton of its U.S. Postal Service Jeep driver inside.
Then he, Shakespeare the vagabond (portrayed by Kevin Costner), apparently to help himself to warm up from the bitter cold; he then dons the dead Jeep driver's official uniform; and after finding a lighter, he proceeds to burn letters and envelopes to further attempt to get warm; then later he takes with him the postman's shoulder pouch stuffed with postal mail in it; and then he goes to a village to begin to attempt to deliver the mail to the persons to whom it was originally addressed; hoping somehow thereby to earn food and shelter for himself.
He thus prospectively intends to travel between the various villages of the survivors of the climatic and political and sociological catastrophes that had brought the U.S.A. to a decimated near end; in spite of the fact that the U.S.A. had effectively speaking ceased to exist in its previous form; the nation then now not formally existing at all; but there being only scattered remaining smaller groups of persons attempting to subsist as best as they could manage to do.
"Shakespeare" (portrayed by Kevin Costner), as the new postman, then attempts to recruit other volunteers to help him to make efforts to restore the U.S. postal delivery services to the various villages and towns of the Pacific Northwest; in spite of vigorous, deadly opposition by the cruel despotic tyrannical "Holnists" para-military Klan leader named General Bethlehem, portrayed by Will Patton.
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The Postman, starring Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate, and Olivia Williams; is a worthwhile film to experience.
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