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The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

 -  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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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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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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£500,343 (UK) (15 September 1995)
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Catherine Deneuve, a former lover of Eastwood's in real life, auditioned for the role of Francesca. See more »

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The song, "It Was Almost like a Song" was not written until 1977. There is no way it could have been playing on Francesca's kitchen radio in 1965. See more »

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Robert: If you want me to stop, tell me now.
Francesca: No one's asking you to.
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Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
from "Samson Et Dalila"
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns (as Camille Saint-Saens)
Performed by Maria Callas and Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise
Conducted by Georges Prêtre (as Georges Pretre),
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A mature, believable, and truly moving love story
28 June 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I admire the likes of Woody Allen, Chaplin and Clint Eastwood (just to name a few), who possess(ed) the chops to write, direct AND act. They're complete artists, and I wish I could be like that (I'll be already too happy if I can ever achieve my life passion of writing and directing, though, since my acting would be less convincing than Owen Wilson playing Hamlet).

Even though Eastwood didn't write this (Richard LaGravenese did it beautifully, based on a novel by Robert James Waller), he does a good job in front of the camera while also directing this human encounter between a photographer (played by himself) and an Italian housewife (Meryl Streep, magnificent) in 1960s Iowa. Their four days together would change their lives forever.

The premise doesn't sound too original, but Eastwood wonderfully captures all the raw emotions between these people, who seem throughly genuine, alive, and passionate. Lennie Niehaus' beautiful music score helps enhance the romantic atmosphere, and the slow pace is never a bore since it's necessary to make you live those brief but special moments with them. From westerns to female boxers to jazz musicians to war dramas, Clint Eastwood knows how to tell a good story, and "The Bridges of Madison County" ranks among his best. 10/10.


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