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The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 2 June 1995 (USA)
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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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Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), Robert James Waller (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Robert Kincaid
Meryl Streep ... Francesca Johnson
Annie Corley ... Carolyn Johnson
Victor Slezak ... Michael Johnson
Jim Haynie ... Richard Johnson
Sarah Zahn ... Young Carolyn (as Sarah Kathryn Schmitt)
Christopher Kroon ... Young Michael
Phyllis Lyons Phyllis Lyons ... Betty
Debra Monk ... Madge
Richard Lage Richard Lage ... Lawyer Peterson
Michelle Benes ... Lucy Redfield
Alison Wiegert Alison Wiegert ... Child #1
Brandon Bobst Brandon Bobst ... Child #2
Pearl Faessler Pearl Faessler ... Wife
R.E. 'Stick' Faessler R.E. 'Stick' Faessler ... Husband
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Storyline

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 ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los puentes de Madison See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$71,516,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,016,617
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

When Francesca is standing on her porch and opens her robe, the wind is blowing in her face. In the next shot, the wind is blowing at her back. See more »

Quotes

Francesca: We are the choices that we have made, Robert.
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Featured in The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996) See more »

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Blue Gardenia
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Performed by Dinah Washington
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Meryl from Bari
26 September 2007 | by fanaticusanonymousSee all my reviews

When the soul of a movie is reflected in an actor's eyes then you have a miracle, you have something that's going to last. Meryl Streep in "The Bridges Of Madison County" is such a miracle to me. I never thought for a moment that she, no matter how wonderful an actress she is, could fool me. Meryl Streep could never be Italian. Well, there I was, thinking and pre-judging like people I detest. I was so wrong. Not just because she fooled me, although there is no fooling involved here. She won me over. I forgot she was Meryl Streep, the actress, and I lived Francesca's story to the fullest because, I suppose, that's the mystery of great acting, I was confronted by her sheer undiluted truth. The truth in her eyes in every one of her gestures. The truth on her brow. Her thinking, transparent. Clint Eastwood does the right thing putting the entire film at her service and placing himself as the foil to liberate that powerful latent side of Francesca. I though it was ironic and I'm not sure if was meant to be that a wonderful woman like Francesca will sacrifice, what could arguably be call the love of her life, for those children. The grown children's mediocrity was kind of shocking to me. Will the revelation of their mother's secret, reveal a latent, greater side to their natures. I hope so. Francesca deserved extraordinary children. Try no to miss this little miracle.


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