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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The documentary caused significant controversy when Eric Steel revealed that he had tricked the Golden Gate Bridge committee into allowing him to film the bridge for months and had captured 23 suicides which took place during the filming phase of the project. In his permit application to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Steel said he intended "to capture the powerful, spectacular intersection of monument and nature that takes place every day at the Golden Gate Bridge." See more »

Quotes

Witness: [after witnessing a suicide] When I talked to the highway patrolman, I asked him "Is this a rare occurrence or does this happen a lot?" And he looked and me and he sort of smiled and he said, "It happens all the time."
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User Reviews

 
A Curiously Haunting Fusion of Awe-Inspired Mystery and Loss of Hope
28 August 2007 | by KashmirgreySee all my reviews

If you have ever stood and looked at the Golden Gate Bridge, you know its undeniable effect on the psyche. It is an amazing and (for me) eerie structure.

"The Bridge" is a low budget documentary that delicately, yet honestly presents a common occurrence on the bridge: suicide jumpers. Actual footage of several jumpers is shown in the midst of interviews with loved ones trying to make sense out of the senseless.

Effectively, "The Bridge" is tied together by a single story of one individual whose footage is featured through-out the film to be concluded with a quite dramatic sequence.

What I enjoyed most was the interview and story of a young teen boy who decided he wanted to live as he was plummeting to the water below and miraculously survived.

One portion of the film that I would have preferred edited out was the mother and sister of one of the victims. Their interview became obnoxious as the sister kept interrupting the mother.

"The Bridge" dug into me and clenched a nerve. It will stay with me for some time.


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