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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Kincaid
... Francesca Johnson
... Carolyn Johnson
... Michael Johnson
... Richard Johnson
... Young Carolyn (as Sarah Kathryn Schmitt)
... Young Michael
Phyllis Lyons ... Betty
... Madge
Richard Lage ... Lawyer Peterson
... Lucy Redfield
Alison Wiegert ... Child #1
Brandon Bobst ... Child #2
Pearl Faessler ... Wife
R.E. 'Stick' Faessler ... Husband
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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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Rated PG-13 on appeal for some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Los puentes de Madison  »

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$24,000,000 (estimated)

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$71,516,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,016,617
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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. See more »

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When Robert is at the table eating breakfast and having a discussion with Francesca, sometimes there is jam on his toast, and sometimes there isn't. See more »

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Francesca: I realized love won't obey our expectations, it's mystery is pure and absolute.
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Easy Living
Written by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
Performed by Johnny Hartman
Courtesy of Bee Hive Records
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Masterful, beautiful, unforgettable film. The best of its genre without doubts.
30 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

"Francesca Johnson" (Meryl Streep), is a housewife who left her dreams for caring for her husband, and raise her two children in a small farm in the lost Madison County. The arrival of a photographer for the National Geographic "Robert Kincaid" (Clint Eastwood), a weekend that her family is out, will open the eyes and hearts to a world buried in years of routine, and it will entail hidden feelings that come into conflict with the person who has been so far.

With this simple, and austere history, Clint Eastwood is confirmed as one of directors living larger American cinema and reveals to him as a filmmaker multifaceted and minimalist sensitivity, capable of portraying aspect with more than poetic the simple emotion of two human beings.

The sensitive direction of Eastwood returns to give meaning to that expression of "small is great" something as simple as the face of it discovering that is being desired and admired, when he is photographing in the bridges. Or that hand undecided on the door of the car, which shows a scene that rubs the prodigious in regard to containment stylistic and emotional tear. And of course the scene best remembered for "The Bridges of Madison County" that is the scene of the rain with nothing more and nothing less than Clint crying.

Particularly in the film is gently until the end, leaving the talent of the actors speaks for itself, without further excuse argument that the miracle of a love matched in the twilight of life.

There are also emphasizing the fantastic photography, the soundtrack, and the ambiance.

"The Bridges of Madison County ", one of the best films of Eastwood, is already a classic modern of the few there in the 1990. And Clint Eastwood demonstrated once again that is one of the great masters and that fault of the very well-deserved awards for "unforgiven," films like it or as "A perfect world" passed with more penalties to glory in regard to awards when they were of the best films of its respective years.


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