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THE POSTMAN Director Kevin Costner Screenwriter Eric Roth Characters The PostmanKEVIN COSTNER He is a drifter who earns his meals and shelter by performing Shakespeare for the few whove managed to survive and have formed their own townships BethlehemWILL PATTON Bethlehem is a classic historic figure the brutal conqueror He has a complex character with inner contradictions and a personality that emerges over time Ford Lincoln MercuryLARENZ TATE He is a young survivor who is inspired to acts of tremendous bravery because of his belief through the Postman in a restored US government and the future it implies Through his allegiance with The Postman he finds a purpose in his own life AbbyOLIVIA WILLIAMS She is a very strong person unsentimental and tough but with the capacity to love passionately at the same time Her inner strength and self-possession intrigue The Postman and draw him toward a friendship with her IdahoJAMES RUSSO Idaho aids Bethlehem in his domination of the settlers He seems to revel in the repressive violence of the new regime He is someone the audience could love to hate MayorTOM PETTY He is the mayor of the Bridge City who led the people ever since the destruction took place Setting In a post apocalyptic totally anarchic America circa 2013 Story The year is 2013 There is no order There is no peace There are no roads no telephones America has been turned into a wasteland of separated communities minus a national government A war has destroyed the country leaving its survivors struggling to make their lives in isolated towns lacking any means of communication An army of warriors called the HOLNISTS led by a Hitler-like dictator General Bethlehem is determined to keep the people apart and their spirits empty so that the Holnists can continue their reign of terror They torture and kill anyone who gets in their way A lone
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