6.2/10
2,825
24 user 5 critic

Mrs. Soffel (1984)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 8 February 1985 (USA)
Peter Soffel is the stuffy warden of a remote American prison around the turn of the century. His wife, Kate, finds herself attracted to prisoner Ed Biddle. She abandons her husband and ... See full summary »

Director:

Gillian Armstrong

Writer:

Ron Nyswaner
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The River (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A farming family battles severe storms, a bank is threatening to repossess their farm, and there are other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm.

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Shane Bailey
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt
Tim (1979)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuses his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.

Director: Michael Pate
Stars: Piper Laurie, Mel Gibson, Alwyn Kurts
Gallipoli (1981)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A former L.A. drug dealer tries to go straight but his past and his underworld connections bring him into the focus of the DEA, the Mexican feds and the Mexican drug cartels.

Director: Robert Towne
Stars: Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell
Air America (1990)
Action | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young pilot finds himself recruited unwittingly into a covert and corrupt C.I.A. airlift organization operating in Vietnam War-era Laos.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis
High Tide (1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Story about a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator who re-enters her past when she leaves a tour in a small town and finds her daughter in a mobile home park.

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Stars: Judy Davis, Jan Adele, Claudia Karvan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated. He's preoccupied with a career and a mistress, she with a career and caring for ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Albert Finney, Diane Keaton, Karen Allen
Forever Young (1992)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During a cryogenics test, a pilot frozen in 1939 awakes in 1992 but time is running out, as his body starts to age rapidly.

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood
The Bounty (1984)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Fed up with their Captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship's crew decides to take action.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Chuck wants to leave home but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby is an ex-teacher.

Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An old flame discovers her ex-boyfriend from the past is a relocated FBI informant out to stop the bad guys.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Keaton ... Kate Soffel
Mel Gibson ... Ed Biddle
Matthew Modine ... Jack Biddle
Edward Herrmann ... Warden Peter Soffel
Trini Alvarado ... Irene Soffel
Jennifer Dundas ... Margaret Soffel (as Jennie Dundas)
Danny Corkill ... Eddie Soffel
Harley Cross ... Clarence Soffel
Terry O'Quinn ... Detective Buck McGovern
Pippa Pearthree ... Maggie
William Youmans ... Guard George Koslow
Maury Chaykin ... Guard Charlie Reynolds
Joyce Ebert Joyce Ebert ... Matron Agnes Garvey
Wayne Robson ... Halliday
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Jessie Bodyne
Edit

Storyline

Peter Soffel is the stuffy warden of a remote American prison around the turn of the century. His wife, Kate, finds herself attracted to prisoner Ed Biddle. She abandons her husband and children to help Ed and his brother Jack escape and accompanies them into the wintery wasteland. Written by Reid Gagle

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A true story

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Soffel See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,280, 1 January 1985

Gross USA:

$4,385,312

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,385,312
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Much of the movie was shot on-location in the area of the Serez Family Farm in Mulmer, Ontario, Canada, as well as Elora and Toronto. See more »

Goofs

A toy electric train shown running around a Christmas tree is of a post-1950 design, as is the track. The train is based on 19th-century locomotive and passenger car prototypes, making it more plausible. However, toy electric trains that even remotely resembled the one shown did not exist by 1901. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Hitcher: 'How Do These Movies Get Made?' (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Australian cinema personalities rarely sparkle in America
6 December 2002 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

Australian director Gillian Armstrong makes great films with strong women characters--her earlier Australian film "My brilliant career" being a perfect example. I watched "Mrs. Soffel" because of my admiration for Armstrong and found that "Mrs. Soffel" could not hold a candle to "My brilliant career" even though American actress Diane Keaton was admirable compared to the Australian actresses in the latter.

Armstrong had the talented Australian cinematographer Russel Boyd (who was responsible for the seminal works of Peter Weir and Bruce Beresford) once again to work with. While Armstrong and Boyd used justifiably darkened interior shots, I had problems seeing anything for long periods and had to rely on the soundtrack!

Armstrong loves to develop the female characters but leaves the male characters totally undeveloped (Mr Soffel and Jack Biddle). This is one reason I prefer the works of Weir and Beresford over Armstrong--even though her latent talent cannot be ignored. It is amazing to see Soffel's daughter getting equal or more prominence in the script than Mr Soffel towards the end.

Mel Gibson has made a name for himself by directing "Braveheart," but I give more credence to his acting phase in Australia ("Tim", "Mad Max", etc.). I am convinced that he is a director's actor--doing well with good directors. In "Mrs Soffel" Armstrong has evidently invested time with Diane Keaton, who carries the film. Gibson only lends support to her thanks more to the script than his acting capabilities.

Most of the fine tribe of Australian filmmakers of the Seventies have drifted to the US to become richer and gain international recognition--but their work in Australia in the Seventies remains unsurpassed.


6 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed