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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 »

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Gillian Armstrong

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Ron Nyswaner
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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
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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

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A true story

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Senhora Soffel See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,385,312
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This motion picture's opening title card reads: "Pittsburgh 1901. A True Story". 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 »

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~*Underestimated Beauty*~
29 March 1999 | by TanechkaSee all my reviews

"Mrs. Soffel", a movie much overlooked in the mid 1980s, deserves a reevaluation at present. With the advent of so many successful period films, "Mrs. Soffel" can be seen as a predecessor of sorts. The movie, a true story filmed on location in Pittsburgh, PA, is one of exquisite beauty and restrained passion. The emotions evoked by it are comparable to those produced by the more modern "The Age of Innocence" and "The Remains of the Day". The doomed couple, played by Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson have an extraordinary chemistry which smolders throughout the entire film. In addition, the cinematography is beautiful (for something filmed in 1984, it's almost remarkable how effective the atmosphere is!). Do not look towards this movie if you are seeking unbridled romance or breath taking action. The rewards of "Mrs. Soffel" are far more cerebral.


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