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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
Alison Wiegert ...
Child #1
Brandon Bobst ...
Child #2
Pearl Faessler ...
R.E. 'Stick' Faessler ...


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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Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

2 June 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los puentes de Madison  »

Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)


$70,960,517 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the few PG-13 rated movies to use the word "fuck" in a sexual context (Francesca's line "...or should we just fuck on the linoleum one last time?"). The MPAA originally rated it R solely because of this line, but Clint Eastwood successfully appealed them to re-rate it. See more »


Coca Cola crate on porch in one 1965 scene features advertising logo not introduced until 1969, the Dynamic Ribbon Device (commonly called the "wave"). See more »


Robert Kincaid: This kind of certainty comes but just once in a lifetime.
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(Put Another Nickel In) Music! Music! Music!
Written by Bernie Baum and Stefan Weiß (as Stephan Weiss)
Performed by Ahmad Jamal
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Meryl Streep Italian Style
29 August 2005 | by (Rome, Italy) – See all my reviews

Meryl Streep is absolutely astonishing. I forgot it was her ten seconds into the film. That opening breakfast scene where all of her story is written in her magnificent face. As an Italian I know there is no acting involved here. She IS Italian. She reminded me of Anna Magnani in "Bellissima" there is not a single false note. Clint Eastwood, clearly, dedicates the film to her and the results are pure magic. The film is based on an unreadable book- at least I couldn't get through it, in spite of the brevity of the volume - the film however, is bound to become a classic thanks to the powerful chemistry of the stars. If you love film,like I do, I recommend you to see it once and let yourself be taken away by the truths in Meryl's eyes then go again and take note. Look at every one of her moments, from how she closes the refrigerator door to her laughter. Look at her reaction when she discovers that Clint stopped at Bari, her home town, just because he thought the place was pretty. Look at her hands, her walk and then go back to her eyes. It's a treat of the first order. Clint, in front as well as behind the camera,does a miraculous job. I passionately recommend it, no matter how young you are.

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