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'The Postman' (1997)
David Brin's post-apocalyptic novel about the importance of symbols was not an easy one to adapt at all, but it came at a moment when Kevin Costner seemed primed for a major body blow after the backlash to the massive popularity of 'Dances With Wolves' and the eager way the press devoured him on 'Waterworld.' Every bad tendency he had on those two films (and we know he's not the credited director on 'Waterworld,' but he was all over that film creatively) blew up even bigger on 'The Postman,' and the film, which was something many other filmmakers had tried to get off the ground, ended up feeling like a retread of the worst of his other movies. This stopped him in his tracks at a moment where it felt like he was one of the biggest names in Hollywood, and has to be one of the movies that makes studios very nervous when they consider handing over this much power to a movie star on anything.