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Dead Letter Office (1998)

Alice's father left when she was a child. She continued to share her life with him in letters that she sent not realising that he never received them. Eventually, they all come back with "... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Banit ... Young Alice
Tess Mornana Tess Mornana ... Young Alice (voice)
Mariette Carey Mariette Carey ... Miss Harris
Miranda Otto ... Alice Walsh
Nicholas Bell ... Kevin
Georgina Naidu ... Mary
Syd Brisbane ... Peter
George DelHoyo ... Frank Lopez
Malcolm Singh Malcolm Singh ... Victor
Mark Wilson Mark Wilson ... Youth
Jane Hall Jane Hall ... Heather
Jillian O'Dowd ... Lizzy
Alethea McGrath Alethea McGrath ... Gardening Woman
Carole Fraser Carole Fraser ... Aboriginal Woman
Guillermina Ulloa Guillermina Ulloa ... Lucia


Alice's father left when she was a child. She continued to share her life with him in letters that she sent not realising that he never received them. Eventually, they all come back with "Dead Letter Office" stamped on the front. As an adult, she becomes consumed with a desire to find him and takes a job with the Dead Letter Office, convinced that she can use them to fulfill her romantic notions of a reunion with her father. What awaits her at the DLO is far more than that ... Written by Peter Webb <tjebi@mpx.com.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


A story of love and lost letters


Comedy | Drama | Romance






English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 August 1998 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Letter Office - Adresse unbekannt See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Real life father and daughter Barry Otto and Miranda Otto also appear as father and daughter in this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

Three scenes missing from the R4 Australian DVD release. Scene 1: 5secs After Kevin says to Frank Alice is here for the interview Peter cracks a joke to Mary about not being paid more to come here. Scene 2: 1min 20secs After Frank phones Alice to say she has the job we see Kevin show Alice a locked room where all the undeliverable items are kept. Kevin shows Alice his favourite item; a crystal ball. Alice picks up a toy swinging bird and then notices a small urn. Kevin says even Frank couldn't find the recipient for it. Finally they go out and Alice notices a wedding photograph. Kevin says that they don't know how Frank cracked it. He was invited to the wedding after uniting the owners with the wedding ring. This scene is a precursor to the later scene where Frank organizes a group effort to unite a owner with a baby gift. Scene 3: 54secs After Alice checks the Microfiche for the name Urquhart she hears a thud coming from a distant room. She goes to where the noise came from and finds Frank in a large warehouse room with racks of boxes filled with lost mail. Alice says she didn't know there was more. Frank says they get 2,000 a week. Finally Frank says that this job is not a career. Alice says she knows and it's not what she's after. This scene introduces the warehouse room where later in the film you see Alice secretly watch Frank dance without him noticing her. See more »

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Heartfelt Aussie flic that deserves better
18 January 1999 | by DukeEmanSee all my reviews

Letters with no destination end up in another world found in the back rooms of the post office. Here, Alice manages to land a job in hope of finding her lost father. What she does discover is the tormented soul of her boss, Frank. A quiet little Aussie flic that came and went at the cinema. Now you find it in the deep dark corner of the video shop, overshadowed by fifty copies of that dreaded GODZILLA film. It's a shame because this turned out to be a satisfying film telling a brave tale with strong simple images and effective performances from the two leads. This film succeeds where Garry Marshall's other dead letter office flic DEAR GOD (1996 - USA) failed, and comes close to the brilliance of, not the Kevin Costner turkey, but He Jianjun's POSTMAN (1995 - China).

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