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The Bridge (2006)

People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular ... See full summary »

Director:

Eric Steel

Writer:

Tad Friend (inspired by article "Jumpers")

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Geleynse Eric Geleynse ... Himself - San Francisco, CA
Chris Brown Chris Brown ... Himself - San Francisco, CA
Susan Ginwalla ... Herself - San Raphael, CA
Caroline Pressley ... Herself - Gene's Friend, South San Francisco, CA
Gene Sprague Gene Sprague ... Himself - Born December 11, 1969
Elizabeth 'Lisa' Smith Elizabeth 'Lisa' Smith ... Herself - Born September 27, 1959
Rachel Marker Rachel Marker ... Herself - Lisa's Mother, Healdsburg, CA
Tara Harrell Tara Harrell ... Herself - Lisa's Sister, Healdsburg, CA
Lyle Smith Lyle Smith ... Himself - Lisa's Brother, San Jose, CA
Dave Williams Dave Williams ... Himself - Gene's Friend, Covina, CA
Christina Koelling ... Herself - Lisa's Assisted Living Coordinator, Corte Madre, CA
Wally Manikow Wally Manikow ... Himself - Philip's Parent, Midlothian, VA
Mary Manikow Mary Manikow ... Herself - Philip's Parent, Midlothian, VA
Matt Rossi Matt Rossi ... Himself - Gene's Friend, Concord, CA
Jen Rossi Jen Rossi ... Herself - Gene's Friend, Concord, CA
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Storyline

People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular suicide destination in the world, and those drawn by its call. Steel and his crew filmed the bridge during daylight hours from two separate locations for all of 2004, recording most of the two dozen deaths in that year (and preventing several others). They also taped interviews with friends, families and witnesses, who recount in sorrowful detail stories of struggles with depression, substance abuse and mental illness. Raises questions about suicide, mental illness and civic responsibility as well as the filmmaker's relationship to his fraught and complicated material. Written by G. Leggat

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Be afraid of what lies beneath...

Genres:

Documentary | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing content involving suicide, and for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ponte See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,313, 29 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$179,780, 11 March 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was inspired by an article entitled "Jumpers," written by Tad Friend appearing in The New Yorker magazine in 2003. See more »

Quotes

[Last lines]
Caroline Pressley - Gene's Friend, South San Francisco, CA: I don't know why people kill themselves. And yet, it's a small step to empathize... to say... well, because I think we all experience moments of despair. That, ah, it would be so much easier not to do this anymore. But for most of us, the sun comes out, and then "Oh well, Tomorrow is another day". Why he chose the Bridge? I don't know. Maybe there was a certain amount of release from pain, by pain. Maybe he just wanted to fly one time.
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Brilliant film that deals with people, not statistics
4 June 2007 | by Jambie67See all my reviews

This is the best doco I've seen in years. I know there was controversy surrounding it when it was released, but I don't understand why. The film-maker has managed to paint a 3-dimensional portrait of each and every jumper whose last moments he captured. Interviews with friends and relatives send home the message that no one exists in a vacuum: suicide is not just something a person can do, because it touches on the lives of everyone around them. No one is just a guy who's chosen to jump off abridge: he's a brother, a friend, a son, a lover, a neighbor, etc. It is interesting, too, to hear family and friends of those who chose to jump talking about how they knew something bad would happen, or that suicide had been talked about for a long time. Itsends home the message that, at the end of the day, none of us has the power to stop someone from dying, if dyingis what they set out to do.We may be able to delay it, but we can't stop it.


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