The Bridges of Madison County ()

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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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Robert Kincaid
Francesca Johnson
Carolyn Johnson
Michael Johnson
Richard Johnson
Young Carolyn (as Sarah Kathryn Schmitt)
Young Michael
Phyllis Lyons ...
Richard Lage ...
Lawyer Peterson
Lucy Redfield
Alison Wiegert ...
Child #1
Brandon Bobst ...
Child #2
Pearl Faessler ...
R.E. 'Stick' Faessler ...
Tania Mishler ...
Waitress #1
Billie McNabb ...
Waitress #2
Art Breese ...
Lana Schwab ...
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
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

Written by (WGA)

Richard LaGravenese ... (screenplay)
Robert James Waller ... (novel)

Produced by

Clint Eastwood ... producer
Kathleen Kennedy ... producer
Michael Maurer ... associate producer
Tom Rooker ... associate producer

Music by

Lennie Niehaus

Cinematography by

Jack N. Green ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Joel Cox

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

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 / 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 ... camera operator / steadicam 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

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)
Joe Hyams ... studio publicity executive (uncredited)
Tony Kerum ... caterer (uncredited)
Stephen A. Marinaccio II ... production assistant (uncredited)
Gerald F. Nichols ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 all the contents which produces a key to her hope chest in the bedroom which contained some of hers and Robert's things. The message they take from the diaries is to what you what you have to do to be happy in life. After learning that Robert Kincaid's cremated remains were scattered off Roseman Bridge and that their mother requested that she too be cremated and her ashes to be scattered off Roseman Bridge, the children must decide whether to honor their mother's final wishes or bury her alongside their father as the family had planned. Adapted from the novel by Robert James Waller, this is the story of a special love that happens just once in a lifetime -- if you're lucky. Written by Mark Fleetwood

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Also Known As
  • Sur la route de Madison (France)
  • Die Brücken am Fluß (Germany)
  • Els ponts de Madison (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Los puentes de Madison (Spain)
  • Madisonské mosty (Czech Republic)
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  • 135 min
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Box Office

Budget $24,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $182,016,617

Did You Know?

Trivia 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 »
Goofs Robert has leatherman, but it wasn't invented until 1979. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Clock (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Doe Eyes (Love Theme from 'The Bridges Of Madison County') See more »
Quotes Robert Kincaid: This kind of certainty comes but just once in a lifetime.
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