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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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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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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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£500,343 (UK) (15 September 1995)
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A Sad Comment On The Times
23 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a popular movie from an even-more popular book, and it was particularly attractive to women. It deals with an adulterous relationship. Apparently, that's okay if it's the woman is doing the cheating on the husband!

Yeah, a photographer (Clint Eastwood) comes by and has a fling for a few days with a housewife...and this was supposed to be a "wonderful, feel-good film?" Yeah, those are the adjectives I read over and over from sick national critics. What a comment on their morals as well everyone who thought this was just great. Yes, times have changed, and the film industry many times leads the way in showing bad to be good and vice-versa. I did not know what the film was about, only read the rave reviews, and spent my money on it. What a mistake.

Meryl Streep plays bored Iowa housewife and mother, "Francesca," who jumps in the sack with a perfect stranger after her husband and kids go away to the county fair for four days. Wow, that's admirable of her! Gosh, this story is so "sensitive, romantic, poignant, brilliant, breathtaking, beautiful, timeless, warm and fuzzy," etc. Those are just some of the headlines here in these user comments. I'm not kidding. It brought many women "to tears." Wow, I just hope guys don't marry those women.

To those people who think this is so warm, fuzzy and romantic, I wonder what your reaction would be if that was YOUR husband or wife cheating on you?

I was sorry to see Eastwood and Streep be a part of this schlock. Eastwood should stick to his tough-guy roles and leave this kind of nonsense to Hugh Grant.


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