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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.
Meryl Streep allegedly put on 15-20 pounds of weight for her role in this film as a middle-aged housewife.
The farmhouse used in the film had been abandoned for over thirty years and was completely restored by production designer Jeannine Oppewall and her art directors Charles William Breen and William Arnold.
The residence used by the filmmakers for Francesca's house was burned in a fire by arson on October 6, 2003, almost a year after the Cedar Bridge was also destroyed.
Filmed in sequence.
Robert Redford was originally set to direct and star in the film.
The Cedar Bridge, where Francesca met Robert, was destroyed in a fire on September 3, 2002.
Robert James Waller finished his manuscript in eleven days, intending it to be simply a gift for various friends and family. One of his friends was so impressed with the manuscript, he asked if he could try to interest a literary agent in the work. Waller later received a life-changing call from a New York agent who asked, "...Robert, where have you been all my life?"
In the fight scene, Robert cries a little bit and turns his back to the camera, so we don't see him. When shooting the scene, Meryl Streep asked Clint Eastwood why he was filming it like that, if by doing so he was missing the opportunity to shine as an actor. Eastwood replied that the scene worked better without seeing Robert cry directly. Streep was then amazed and have praised the director's talent for thinking more about the moment than his chance to shine as an actor.
Shot in 36 days.
Catherine Deneuve auditioned for the role of Francesca.
The studio was initially only interested in casting younger actresses in the lead but were failing to find anyone suitable. The idea to talk to Meryl Streep largely came from Clint Eastwood's own mother, Ruth Wood.
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.
In 1993, Sydney Pollack was the front-runner for the director's chair for this film and it was expected that Robert Redford would star. At the time, other contenders for the female lead included Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Barbara Hershey and Anjelica Huston.
Even though she wasn't a part of those scenes, Meryl Streep went to the set to meet Annie Corley and Victor Slezak, who played her kids when they are adults. They both said that the meeting helped them to portray the memory of Francesca as a character better.
Clint Eastwood's then live-in girlfriend Frances Fisher proposed herself to play the adult version of Francesca's daughter. That was rejected by Clint. Fisher had hoped to play "any part" in the film because she revered Meryl Streep and simply wanted to be part of any film that starred the foremost actress of her generation; she wanted to observe Streep at work. Eastwood knew this, so he kept saying, "Next week . . ." whenever Fisher asked to visit the Iowa set. Finally, when Fisher arrived in Iowa, she discovered Streep had already gone. "Oh," Eastwood informed her, "she's done with her scenes."
Jessica Lange and Isabella Rossellini were two other actresses in contention for the female lead.
Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
James Rivers Band bassist Kyle Eastwood can be glimpsed very briefly at the jazz bar where illicit lovers Robert and Francesca seek refuge from the prying eyes of Francesca's nosy neighbors.
Play Misty for Me (1971) was the only movie Meryl Streep had seen Clint Eastwood in, when he approached her to be his co-star.
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Photographer Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) wields a Nikon F SLR camera fitted with an S36 drive.
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Prior to this film Winterset Iowa was primarily known as the birthplace of John Wayne. This film ultimately drew a huge number of fans to the various bridges and other locations and it is still visited by Wayne fans today.
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Robert's license plate of his wagon is X476S8. Francesca's husband license plate is 562S7. Francesca's license plate is 734L8.
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