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(1984)

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The jail used in the movie is the actual Allegheny County Jail that figures in the story. Designed by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson, built between 1884-1888, it served as a jail until 1995 and is now used by the juvenile and family sections of the Common Pleas Court.
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A very old, closed, unused bridge in the village of Elora, Ontario was refurbished for the movie, and now serves as a pedestrian bridge there.
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Ken Wahl was to meet with Diane Keaton about taking the role of Ed Biddle. But on his way to the meeting, Wahl crashed his motorcycle and suffered a head injury that required 89 stitches. The part was in the end cast with Australian actor Mel Gibson.
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The actual full name of the film's title character Mrs. Soffel (1984) portrayed by Diane Keaton was "Kate Soffel".
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The picture is set in 1901 in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County in the south-western part of the American state of Pennsylvania, USA.
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Uncredited debut theatrical feature film of actress Heather Graham.
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This motion picture is actually based on a real actual true life story.
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First American Hollywood film of Australian director Gillian Armstrong who had become well-known for her critically acclaimed period costumer romantic film My Brilliant Career (1979). Mrs. Soffel (1984) was in that related genre and subsequently Armstrong directed such other historical literary pieces as Little Women (1994) and Oscar and Lucinda (1997).
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Debut cinema movie of American actor Harley Cross.
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Reportedly, the film's star Diane Keaton had been keen to work with director Gillian Armstrong ever since the pair had met earlier in Los Angeles, California a few years previous.
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The Allegheny County Jail was still being used as a penitentiary when the picture was being filmed during 1983.
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The train locomotive sequences were filmed in North Freedom in the American state of Wisconsin in the USA.
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Much of the movie was shot on location in the environs of the Serez Family Farm in Mulmer, Ontario in Canada as well as Elora and Toronto in that Canadian province.
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The film was selected to screen in competition at the 35th Berlin International Film Festival in 1985.
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Actors Ken Wahl, Tom Cruise Kevin Costner and others were considered for the role of Ed Biddle which in the end was cast with Australian actor Mel Gibson.
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Director Gillian Armstrong wanted to use the actual real-life Allegheny County Jail so as to give the film historical authenticity.
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Some of the inmates of the Allegheny County Jail acted as extras and background artists in the movie.
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The Allegheny County Jail seen in the film ceased acting as a penitentiary in 1995 and now houses Allegheny County court system offices and is preserved as an American National Historic Landmark.
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The combined nick-name of brothers Ed Biddle (Mel Gibson) and Jack Biddle (Matthew Modine) was "The Biddle Brothers".
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This major motion picture has often been likened to Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
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First major credited Hollywood studio produced screenplay of producer-screenwriter Ron Nyswaner.
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This motion picture's opening title card reads: "Pittsburgh 1901. A True Story".
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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.
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A promotional TV documentary The Making of 'Mrs. Soffel' (1984) was produced to publicize the picture on television.
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The city of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, USA was used only for establishing shots.
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Heather Graham: Uncredited, as a factory girl.
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