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Mrs. Soffel (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 8 February 1985 (USA)
Peter Soffel is the stuffy warden of a remote American prison around the turn of the century. His wife, Kate, finds herself attracted to prisoner Ed Biddle. She abandons her husband and ... See full summary »

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Jack Biddle
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Warden Peter Soffel
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Irene Soffel
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Margaret Soffel (as Jennie Dundas)
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Eddie Soffel
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Clarence Soffel
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Detective Buck McGovern
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Maggie
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Guard George Koslow
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Guard Charlie Reynolds
Joyce Ebert ...
Matron Agnes Garvey
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Halliday
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Jessie Bodyne
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Peter Soffel is the stuffy warden of a remote American prison around the turn of the century. His wife, Kate, finds herself attracted to prisoner Ed Biddle. She abandons her husband and children to help Ed and his brother Jack escape and accompanies them into the wintery wasteland. Written by Reid Gagle

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8 February 1985 (USA)  »

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A Senhora Soffel  »

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$4,385,312
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Debut cinema movie of Harley Cross. See more »

Goofs

A toy electric train shown running around a Christmas tree is of a post-1950 design, as is the track. The train is based on 19th-century locomotive and passenger car prototypes, making it more plausible. However, toy electric trains that even remotely resembled the one shown did not exist by 1901. See more »

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Lovely.
9 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

This one was a nice surprise, I hadn't seen it when it first came out, so I rented it and enjoyed it thoroughly. Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson carry the day in this true tale of a wardens wife who falls for a prisoner. Matthew Modine does a fine job as Mel Gibsons brother, and the entire cast is fine. It's beautifully shot in Pittsburgh, and there is a languid quality about it that I found alluring. Well done all around.


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