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Mrs. Soffel -- Diane Keaton stars as a prison warden's wife who falls in love with a death row convict (Mel Gibson.) Believing he's innocent, she helps him and his convicted brother escape.


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Release Date:
8 February 1985 (USA) See more »
A true story
Peter Soffel is the stuffy warden of a remote American prison around the turn of the century. His wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Diane Keaton ... Kate Soffel

Mel Gibson ... Ed Biddle

Matthew Modine ... Jack Biddle

Edward Herrmann ... Warden Peter Soffel

Trini Alvarado ... Irene Soffel

Jennifer Dundas ... Margaret Soffel (as Jennie Dundas)

Danny Corkill ... Eddie Soffel
Harley Cross ... Clarence Soffel

Terry O'Quinn ... Detective Buck McGovern
Pippa Pearthree ... Maggie
William Youmans ... Guard George Koslow

Maury Chaykin ... Guard Charlie Reynolds
Joyce Ebert ... Matron Agnes Garvey

Wayne Robson ... Halliday

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Jessie Bodyne
Les Rubie ... Mr. Stevenson
Paula Trueman ... Mrs. Stevenson
Nancy Chesney ... Mrs. Fitzgerald
Samantha Follows ... Becky Knotts
Katie McCombs ... Rachel Garvey
Linda Gabler ... Leota Yoeders
Eric Hebert ... Paperboy
Tom Harvey ... Attorney Burke
Jack Jessop ... Attorney Watson
William Duell ... Lenny
John Dee ... Old Prisoner
J. Winston Carroll ... Guard McGarey (as John W. Carroll)
David Fox ... McNeil
Fred Booker ... Trustee
Valerie Buhagiar ... Alice

Norma Dell'Agnese ... Woman Reporter
Al Koslik ... Reporter (as Al Kozlik)

Philip Craig ... Reporter

Frank Adamson ... Swinehart
Don Granberry ... Roach

Linda Carola ... Factory Girl
George Belskey ... Mr. Bodyne
Maruska Stankova ... Mrs. Bodyne (as Marushka Stankova)
James Bradford ... Minister
Charles Jolliffe ... Sheriff Hoon
Rodger Barton ... Deputy Hoon
Jack Mather ... Mr. Watson
Lee-Max Walton ... Harry
Sean Sullivan ... Farmer
Warren Van Evera ... Farmer
Walter Massey ... District Attorney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Foster ... Elsie
David Barckhoff ... Boy on sidewalk (uncredited)
Chris Cummings ... Boy (uncredited)

Len Doncheff ... Polish Guard (uncredited)
Clay Follett ... Farmer (uncredited)

Heather Graham ... Factory Girl (uncredited)
Kay Hawtrey ... Peter's Secretary (uncredited)
David Huckvale ... Russian Twin (uncredited)
Douglas Huckvale ... Russian Twin (uncredited)

John Innes ... Reporter (uncredited)
Derek Keurvorst ... Reporter (uncredited)

Dan Lett ... Young Man (uncredited)
Don McManus ... Reporter (uncredited)

Alan C. Peterson ... Guard (uncredited)
Dorothy Phelan ... Old Aunt (uncredited)
Lou Pitoscia ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Joe Shelby ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Gerry Tucker ... Policeman (uncredited)
Victoria Vanderkloot ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Chuck Waters ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Brian Young ... McNeil's Secretary (uncredited)
Ralph Zeldin ... Russian (uncredited)

Directed by
Gillian Armstrong 
Writing credits
Ron Nyswaner (written by)

Produced by
Dennis E. Jones .... associate producer (as Dennis Jones)
David Nicksay .... producer (as David A. Nicksay)
Scott Rudin .... producer
Edgar J. Scherick .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Russell Boyd 
Film Editing by
Nicholas Beauman 
Casting by
Margery Simkin 
Production Design by
Luciana Arrighi 
Art Direction by
Roy Forge Smith 
Set Decoration by
Dan Conley 
Hilton Rosemarin 
Costume Design by
Shay Cunliffe 
Makeup Department
Linda Gill .... makeup artist
Patricia Green .... makeup supervisor
Paul LeBlanc .... hair stylist
Production Management
Monty Diamond .... unit production manager: Pittsburgh
Dennis E. Jones .... production manager (as Dennis Jones)
Michael MacDonald .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald M. Bozman .... first assistant director: Pittsburgh (as Ron Bozman)
Ronald M. Bozman .... second unit director (as Ron Bozman)
Mark Egerton .... assistant director
Richard Flower .... second assistant director
Rocco Gismondi .... third assistant director
Tony Gittelson .... second assistant director: Pittsburgh (as Anthony H. Gittelson)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... second unit director (as Glenn H. Randall Jr.)
Art Department
Daniel R. Bradette .... assistant property master
Jacques M. Bradette .... supervising set decorator (as Jacques Bradette)
J. Tracy Budd .... property master
Carmi Gallo .... assistant art director
Bill Harman .... construction coordinator
Andris Hausmanis .... assistant art director
Edward Pisoni .... art director: Pittsburgh
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... sound effects editor (as George Anderson)
Dody Dorn .... dialogue editor (as Dody Jane Dorn)
Dennis Drummond .... sound effects editor
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor (as Bob Grieve)
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer
David J. Kimball .... sound re-recording mixer
David Lee .... production sound mixer
Ray O'Reilly .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Patterson .... dialogue loop editor
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Christian T. Cooke .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Terry Cooke .... temp mix re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Reid Paul Martin .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Don White .... adr recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor: Pittsburgh
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects coordinator (as Neil Trifunovich)
Jacques Godbout .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Marco Bianco .... stunts
Robin Grathwol .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Glenn H. Randall Jr.)
Bruce Smith .... stunts
Victoria Vanderkloot .... stunts
Chuck Waters .... stunts
Pete White .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Berrios .... first assistant camera: Pittsburgh
Holly Bower .... still photographer
Ralph Brandofino .... second assistant camera: Pittsburgh
Darwin Dean .... director of photography: Pittsburgh
Tony Eldridge .... second electrician
Henri Fiks .... second camera operator
Ron Gillham .... key grip
Glen Goodchild .... second grip
Chris Harris .... second assistant camera
Gail Harvey .... still photographer
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
Chris Holmes .... chief lighting technician
John McCallum .... first assistant camera (as Sandy McCallum)
Peter Norman .... director of photography: Pittsburgh
Rod Parkhurst .... camera operator
Robert Saad .... second camera operator
Stuart Stein .... second assistant camera: Pittsburgh
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Toronto
Allan Amtzis .... casting assistant
Lynne Carrow .... additional casting
Brenda McConnell .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Kemp .... wardrobe mistress (as Lynda Kemp)
Arthur Rowsell .... costumer: men
Patti Unger .... costumer: women (as Patty Unger)
SJ Teasdale .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Bruce Lange .... first assistant editor
John Pleffer .... post-production coordinator
Michael Rea .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Mark Adler .... music arranger: string arrangements
Todd Boekelheide .... music supervisor
Gary Clayton .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Nick Sweetman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Todd Arnow .... location auditor
Michael Barnathan .... assistant: Mr. Scherick
Marc Dassas .... location manager
Nora Dunfee .... dialect consultant
Alice Ferrier .... production coordinator: Canada
Cassie Freckleton .... location auditor
Penelope Hynam .... script supervisor
Patricia Johnson .... unit publicist
Lisa McClelland .... production coordinator: Pittsburgh
Peggy Munns .... assistant: Ms. Armstrong
Rick Parker .... wrangler
Janice Polley .... assistant: Mr. Nicksay
Stephen Seliy .... location manager: Pittsburgh (as Steve Seliy)
Adam J. Shully .... assistant location manager
Ed Urban .... technical advisor (as Lt. Ed Urban)
Casey Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Linda Callow .... stand-in: Diane Keaton (uncredited)
Lev Mailer .... adr voice (uncredited)
Dan Roth .... adr voice (uncredited)
Sandy Webb .... legal (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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110 min | 112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Though the movie's leading man Mel Gibson and its director Gillian Armstrong are both Australian, this film, a big American Hollywood production, was their first [and to date, February 2015] their only ever collaboration. Ironically, the pair had never worked together on an Australian feature film.See more »
Anachronisms: 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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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A stunning movie, 6 November 2004
Author: contact356 from Illinois

This is a visually beautiful movie bringing the story along in with obvious and subtle references.

The title character is a trapped woman. The 'noblesse oblige'of being the warden's wife coupled with her own frustrations and frailties makes her life intolerable. She loves her children; she hates her life.

Here, she becomes intrigued by a prisoner in her husband's jail. He appeals to her imagination as well as her sensibility as a woman. She finds a soul-mate in their exchanges as she pretends to read-him-to-reform from bible passages. She flees with him and is willing to die with him to keep from returning to her unbearable life.

This is based on a true story. But it is a telling of the story of women, most of whom until the last 25 years or so, had little choice but to marry and to identify themselves in terms of their husbands. Their identity was not their own; their choices had to be appropriate to their marriage station; they were judged by how well they maintained husband's well being and their children's achievements.

While much has changed in women's lives, vestiges of the past still do exist. The references to "baking cookies" in the 2004 presidential campaign signals this.

Mrs. Soffel represents the lives of women over time. She desperately seeks the love and freedom that her standing in life denies her. This has been a common women's theme.

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