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The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  2 June 1995 (USA)
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Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Kathryn Schmitt ...
Phyllis Lyons ...
Richard Lage ...
Lawyer Peterson
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The path of Francesca Johnson's future seems destined when an unexpected fork in the road causes her to question everything she had come to expect from life. While her husband and children are away at the Illinois state fair in the summer of 1965, Robert Kincaid happens turn into the Johnson farm and asks Francesca for directions to Roseman Bridge. Francesca later learns that he was in Iowa on assignment from National Geographic magazine. She is reluctant seeing that he's a complete stranger and then she agrees to show him to the bridges and gradually she talks about her life from being a war-bride from Italy which sets the pace for this bittersweet and all-too-brief romance of her life. Through the pain of separation from her secret love and the stark isolation she feels as the details of her life consume her, she writes her thoughts of the four-day love affair which took up three journals. The journals are found by her children after the lawyer was going over Francesca's will and ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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2 June 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los puentes de Madison  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)


£500,343 (UK) (15 September 1995)

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1.85 : 1
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »


When Francesca and Robert are remembering Italian dishes, she corrects his (very venial) mispronunciation of "arancini", but then she pronounced very badly the word "zéppole" as it were "zeppòli". See more »


Francesca: I had thoughts about him I hardly knew what to do with, and he read every one. Whatever I wanted, he gave himself up to, and in that moment everything I knew to be true about myself was gone. I was acting like another woman, yet I was more myself than ever before.
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4 October 2004 | by (Aliceville, Alabama) – See all my reviews

I think this movie of one of the best movies I have ever seen. Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood really did a great job in this movie. for him to come in and change her life in just four days is amazing. To fall in love with some one in just four days is just wonderful to me. I watch it on Starz, and it played everyday for a week and I watch it every day it came on. she was a strong lady to stay there and be unhappy for all of those years. It is simply a beautiful movie. I love the part when he was picking flowers for her and she told him that the flowers were poison and then she started to laugh, that was hilarious to me. Because just in the few minutes she had know him he brought out something in her something that has not been released. She was more herself in this movie.I would surely recommend this movie to some one else.

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