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Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama | 18 January 1991 (UK)
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Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children.



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carolyn Bridge
John Bell ...
Douglas Bridge - as a boy
Ruth Bridge
Dr. Alex Sauer
Remak Ramsay ...
Virgil Barron
Addison Myers ...
Man at Businessmen's Table
Roger Burget ...
Man at Businessmen's Table
Mr. Gadbury
Gale Garnett ...
Mabel Ong
Al Christy ...


It's about a five member family. The father is a conservative and traditional person who directs the family. The mother is at home, she tries to hold together the family, while Mr. Bridge works as a lawyer. The children have just grown up, and the complications are derived from that they have a more modern view of life. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Divided by time and tradition. United by love and hope. The story of an unforgettable family.




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Release Date:

18 January 1991 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cenas de uma Família  »

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$7,698,010 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Newman and Woodward were a couple in real life as well, married from February 2, 1958 until Newman's death in September 2008. See more »


In the DVD version, when the awning is ripped from the country club during the tornado, the wire pulling it is clearly visible. See more »

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Shakespearean Tutor to Mr. Newman - Senator Bob Dole See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Atomic Brain (1993) See more »


Wah! Hoo!
Written by Cliff Friend
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Performed by Janet Gaynor and Fredric March
(from A Star Is Born (1937))
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a "bridge" between past and future
15 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward affirm their status as some of America's greatest movie stars in the Merchant & Ivory vehicle "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge". They play the title characters Walter and India, living in 1939 Kansas City. He's a conservative lawyer: doesn't like to see any change in their lifestyle, won't let an approaching tornado interfere with dinner, and even considers Roosevelt's policies to be socialism. She's a housewife: everything at home is based on wholesome cookbooks, and it's rather awkward when she finally learns about the reproductive system and has to tell her children (in short, an air of Marion Cunningham).

Yes, it looks like nothing's ever going to change in this household. But looks can be deceiving. You see, their daughter Carolyn (Margaret Welsh) wants to marry a boy without Walter's permission; daughter Ruth (Kyra Sedgwick) wants to move to New York; and son Douglas (Robert Sean Leonard) is hanging out with a Hispanic girl. To crown everything, India's friend Grace (Blythe Danner) is beginning to challenge the status quo; she might even be losing her mind.

Now, Walter can deny all this. But he can't ignore it. As they move into this new era, things are going to be different, even if some awkward - maybe even unpleasant - situations have to arise.

This movie was definitely an interesting look at an America slowly but surely crumbling. The cast members all do a top-notch job. Also starring Austin Pendleton as Grace's husband. I wonder if Marcus Giamatti, who plays Ruth's hubby, is any relation to Paul Giamatti.

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