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The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

In the National Geographic writeup "Robert Kincaid Describes His Long Journey", the third paragraph consists of a repetition of part of the second. See more »

Quotes

Caroline: Who knew that, in between bake sales, my mother was Anaïs Nin?
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For All We Know
Written by Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis) and J. Fred Coots
Performed by Johnny Hartman
Courtesy of Bee Hive Records
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beautiful
4 October 2004 | by phillips99usSee all my reviews

I think this movie of one of the best movies I have ever seen. Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood really did a great job in this movie. for him to come in and change her life in just four days is amazing. To fall in love with some one in just four days is just wonderful to me. I watch it on Starz, and it played everyday for a week and I watch it every day it came on. she was a strong lady to stay there and be unhappy for all of those years. It is simply a beautiful movie. I love the part when he was picking flowers for her and she told him that the flowers were poison and then she started to laugh, that was hilarious to me. Because just in the few minutes she had know him he brought out something in her something that has not been released. She was more herself in this movie.I would surely recommend this movie to some one else.


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