The Postman is a 1997 American post-apocalyptic action adventure film produced and directed by Kevin Costner, who plays the lead role. The screenplay was written by Eric Roth and Brian Helgeland, based on David Brin's 1985 book of the same name. The film also features Will Patton, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams, James Russo, and Tom Petty.


In 2013, an unnamed and clean-shaven nomad enters the Oregon flatlands, trading Shakespearean performances for food and water. In one of the towns, the nomad is forced into the ranks of the Holnists, the predominant neo-fascist militia in the area and branded on his shoulder with their symbol, a figure 8. Their leader, General Bethlehem, schemes to take over the fallen United States with his regime. When the nomad escapes, he takes refuge in a long-deceased postman's mail vehicle.