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2 June 1995 (USA) See more »
Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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A surprisingly sensitive film that Eastwood does well to keep away from the usual sentimental clichés of the weepy genre See more (192 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Robert Kincaid

Meryl Streep ... Francesca Johnson

Annie Corley ... Carolyn Johnson

Victor Slezak ... Michael Johnson

Jim Haynie ... Richard Johnson
Sarah Kathryn Schmitt ... Young Carolyn

Christopher Kroon ... Young Michael
Phyllis Lyons ... Betty

Debra Monk ... Madge
Richard Lage ... Lawyer Peterson

Michelle Benes ... Lucy Redfield
Alison Wiegert ... Child #1
Brandon Bobst ... Child #2
Pearl Faessler ... Wife
R.E. 'Stick' Faessler ... Husband
Tania Mishler ... Waitress #1
Billie McNabb ... Waitress #2
Art Breese ... Cashier
Lana Schwab ... Saleswoman
Larry Loury ... UPS Driver
James Rivers ... James Rivers Band
Mark A. Brooks ... James Rivers Band
Peter Cho ... James Rivers Band
Eddie Dejean Sr. ... James Rivers Band
Jason C. Brewer ... James Rivers Band

Kyle Eastwood ... James Rivers Band
George Orrison ... Café Patron
Ken Billeter ... Café Patron
Judy Trask ... Café Patron
David Trask ... Café Patron
Edna Dolson ... Café Patron
Dennis McCool ... Café Patron
Michael C. Pommier ... Café Patron
Jana Corkrean ... Café Patron
M. Jane Seymour ... Café Patron
Karla Jo Soper ... Café Patron

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
Writing credits
Richard LaGravenese (screenplay)

Robert James Waller (novel)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Kathleen Kennedy .... producer
Michael Maurer .... associate producer
Tom Rooker .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Jeannine Oppewall 
Art Direction by
William Arnold 
Set Decoration by
Jay Hart 
Costume Design by
Colleen Kelsall 
Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (as Mike Hancock)
J. Roy Helland .... hair stylist: Meryl Streep
J. Roy Helland .... makeup artist: Meryl Streep
Carol A. O'Connell .... hair stylist (as Carol O'Connell)
Production Management
Jim Behnke .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Bannerman .... first assistant director
Robert Lorenz .... second assistant director
Bill Bannerman .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Edward Aiona .... property master
Charles William Breen .... assistant art director (as Charles W. Breen)
Edward England .... construction coordinator
Tyler Osman .... construction foreman
Ricky Riggs .... stand-by painter
Michael Sexton .... assistant property master
Robert Lucas .... lead man (uncredited)
Tom Osman .... carpenter (uncredited)
Christopher Woodworth .... lead painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
George H. Anderson .... dialogue editor (as George Anderson)
Bub Asman .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Bietz .... foley editor
Kevin Boyd .... cable
Neil Burrow .... foley editor
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... supervising dialogue editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound effects editor
Mike Dobie .... sound effects editor
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer (as Les Freshholtz)
Richard Friedman .... adr supervisor (as Dick Friedman)
Eric Gotthelf .... foley mixer
Joseph A. Ippolito .... dialogue editor (as Joey Ippolito)
Scott D. Jackson .... foley supervisor
Constance A. Kazmer .... dialogue editor
James J. Klinger .... sound effects editor
Gary Krivacek .... sound effects editor
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator (as Marvin Lewis)
Darrin Martin .... assistant sound editor
John Morrisey .... sound effects editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Kim Nolan .... assistant sound editor (as Kimberly Nolan)
Jayme S. Parker .... dialogue editor (as Jayme Parker)
Vern Poore .... re-recording mixer
Madeleine Swift .... assistant sound editor
Greg Thompson .... assistant sound editor
Butch Wolf .... foley editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeff Denes .... special effects
John Frazier .... special effects consultant
Joe Pancake .... special effects
Francis Pennington .... special effects
Steve Riley .... special effects coordinator
Pauline Lomas .... stunts (as Pauline Arthur)
Shelley Phillips .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen S. Campanelli .... Steadicam operator
Stephen S. Campanelli .... camera operator
Colin J. Campbell .... chief lighting technician
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera (as William Coe)
Dick Deats .... key grip (as Dicky Deats)
Jerry C. Deats .... dolly grip
Frank R. Jimenez Jr. .... rigging gaffer (as Frankie R. Jimenez Jr.)
Michael E. Matteson .... best boy grip
Ken Regan .... still photographer
Frank Scheidbach .... assistant lighting technician
John Waldo .... second assistant camera (as John A. Waldo)
Dean M. Simmon .... film loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
James P. Axiotis .... extras casting (as James Axotis)
Gabriela Leff .... casting assistant (as Gabby Leff)
Michealle Vanderpool .... extras casting (as Michelle Vanderpool-Kohrs)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor
Kelly Lindquist .... set costumer: men
Deedee Montesanto .... set costumer: women
Editorial Department
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
Patrick Flannery .... assistant film editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Don Roth .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Ken Haber .... location manager
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Donald Harris .... music editor
Bruce Ricker .... music consultant
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gene Biernot .... transportation captain
Keith Dillin .... transportation coordinator
Larry Stelling .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Lisa A. Becker .... production secretary
Adam Bernhard .... production associate
Paul A. Calabria .... animal trainer (as Paul Calabria)
B. Ted Deiker .... production associate
Matt Freeman .... assistant: Kathleen Kennedy
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot
Cate Hardman .... script supervisor
Jeff Kloss .... production accountant (as Jeffrey Kloss)
Linda Mason .... craft service
Jason D. McGatlin .... assistant production secretary (as Jason McGatlin)
Erich Moeller .... production associate
Maggie Pierson .... assistant: Meryl Streep
Ken Regan .... technical consultant
David Romano .... assistant production accountant
Melissa Rooker .... assistant: Clint Eastwood
Kara Sjoblom .... production associate
Roselyn Winward .... assistant production accountant
Channing Work .... production associate
Gillian Wynn .... production associate
Kaylene Carlson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jenny Elsinger .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Tony Kerum .... caterer (uncredited)
Stephen A. Marinaccio II .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gerald F. Nichols .... production assistant (uncredited)
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Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sexuality and brief strong language (re-rating on appeal)
135 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Finland:S | France:Unrated | Germany:12 (w) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | New Zealand:M | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:R(A) | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (re-rating on appeal) (certificate #33820)

Did You Know?

Bruce Beresford was chosen as the director before Clint Eastwood but wanted to make Francesca Johnson English. When this was not accepted by the studio he left.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the National Geographic writeup "Robert Kincaid Describes His Long Journey", the third paragraph consists of a repetition of part of the second.See more »
Robert Kincaid:Don't kid yourself, Francesca: you are anything but a simple woman.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #33.40" (2016)See more »
It Was Almost Like A SongSee more »


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65 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
A surprisingly sensitive film that Eastwood does well to keep away from the usual sentimental clichés of the weepy genre, 19 July 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When Francesca Johnson passes away, her grown children are puzzled to learn that she wishes to be cremated and her ashes scattered from a local bridge rather than being buried next to her husband. Their puzzlement turns to surprise and shock when they read their mother's secret journals and read about an affair she had had many years ago with a photographer who came to the area for a few days.

I had seen this film many years ago in the cinema when it came out and had only average memories of it. With it coming onto TV recently, I wasn't sure if I'd bother because I had the idea in my head that this was a rubbish weepy but decided to go for it anyway. I am glad that I do not just make assumptions about films based on genre because my memory had tricked me in regards this film and in fact it was surprisingly good. I'm not generally a weepy fan but this is not what you think a weepy will be. Reading the plot summary and watching the film itself, it is clear how easily this could have fallen into sweeping sentiment and unbearable mush and it is to Eastwood's credit that it never does. Even as the plot sees the lovers falling into idealised romance, the film never does and it is the cool, calm direction that keeps it from being this way. Some will see this as 'excusing' the affair but I don't think it does – affairs happen because the grass is greener and that is just what this film does; it seems romantic and idyllic but that's because it is meant to be. I'm the last person to try and defend having affairs but I don't think that this film did this but I can understand why people would dislike it for doing this.

Without the mush, what is left is a film that is refreshingly free of sentiment and is able to deliver a grown up romance that is genuinely touching. This is seen in the honest chemistry between Francesca and Robert; sometimes things like this happen – two people just click, nothing has to be massively wrong in the relationship for it to happen. The film avoids easy shots (like making the husband be a real idiot) and just tries to show us why these two fell for one another so quickly. It isn't perfect of course and it is still a weepy of sorts – some of the dialogue is a bit self-consciously 'deep' for my liking but generally it was an adult telling of an adult romance – no corny ending, no sweeping score or clichéd effort to pump the audience for sentiment, instead I found it genuine and, as cold hearted a b*stard as I am, I was moved by the film.

I am a fan of Clint Eastwood and this film was a real pleasant surprise as it showed how able he is as a director and performer. I have already praised his work as director but he also turns in an unshowy and natural performance in the lead. Streep has never totally won me over and I often felt that doing an accent is not the same as giving a performance. Here her accent put me off at first but generally she is good and shows suitable restraint in depicting her character. She suffers a bit from having to deliver a narration that occasionally contains sentimental dialogue but she does well despite this. The support cast is OK but really contributions from Corley and Slezak are no more than distractions from the main show which is a collection of natural scenes between the two leads and no one else.

Overall, I consider this film a reason to not just watch any specific genre of movie and reject films simply because 'those aren't my type of things'. I was pleasantly surprised by a film that is romantic without being sentimental or mushy; idealistic without being unrealistic; moving without being sickly. True it may not be everyone's idea of a great film (nothing goes bang and there are no car chases) but I liked it a lot more than I had expected and if you want to see an adult love story then you could do a lot worse than this.

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