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Mr. and Mrs. Bridge

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Starring Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, the 1990 Merchant Ivory family drama Mr. and Mrs. Bridge comes to DVD from Disney/Buena Vista with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. Dolby Digital Surround Sound is available in English. Closed captions are accessible but there are no subtitles or special features.
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Starring Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, the 1990 Merchant Ivory family drama Mr. and Mrs. Bridge comes to DVD from Disney/Buena Vista with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. Dolby Digital Surround Sound is available in English. Closed captions are accessible but there are no subtitles or special features.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.66:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions
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Editorial Reviews

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James Ivory and Ismail Merchant are better with the repressed emotions of Brits than Americans, but their track record eliciting memorable performances remains intact with Mr. & Mrs. Bridge. Though the film's real-life husband-and-wife team, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, were both roundly praised for their work, Woodward is the real standout, as the timid housewife whose few gestures toward independence get matter-of-factly squashed by her stern and humorless husband. Woodward is on the losing end of so many tiny skirmishes, most focused around the simple goals of lightening the mood and making people happy, that she eventually misplaces all of her resistance mechanisms. What's left is the apologetic laughter at her own foolishness, which Woodward acts with the perfect blend of practiced social grace and ingrained humiliation. Newman should be commended for accepting a part that's such a departure from his usual onscreen persona, but the performance is not without strain. It registers as so stiff and unyielding that one wonders whether it's Newman or the character who can't loosen up. A crucial flaw is that the characters never undergo transformation, a usual staple in narrative filmmaking; this could be because the script lacks spine and momentum, existing more as a series of illuminating windows into the Bridge world than a structured story. Merchant's story does produce telling observations about the inertia of idle American socialites, but they don't crystallize in a way that would deliver the film to lasting importance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2003
  • UPC: 786936205091
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Walter Bridge
Joanne Woodward India Bridge
Kyra Sedgwick Ruth Bridge
Blythe Danner Grace Barron
Margaret Welsh Carolyn Bridge
Simon Callow Dr. Alex Sauer
Robert Sean Leonard Douglas Bridge (grown-up)
Malachy McCourt Dr. Forster
Austin Pendleton Mr. Gadbury
Diane Kagan Julia
Saundra McClain Harriet
Gale Garnett Mabel Ong
Marcus Giamatti Gil Davis
Linden Ashby
Joanna Merlin
John Bell Douglas Bridge as a Boy
Remak Ramsay Virgil Barron
Al Christy Judge
Robyn Rosenfeld Genevieve
Roch Leibovici Watch Seller on the Quai
Hubert Saint-Macary Copyist in the Louvre
Nora Denney Second Bridge Player
Robert Levine Avrum Rhinegold
Richard Ross Jazz Musician
Tom Hall Aztec Room Waiter
Melissa Newman Young India at the Pool
Technical Credits
James Ivory Director
Humbert Balsan Associate Producer
Humphrey Dixon Editor
David Gropman Production Designer
Robert Halmi Sr. Producer
Robert Halmi Jr. Executive Producer
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Screenwriter
Mary Kane Associate Producer
Ismail Merchant Producer
Joanna Merlin Casting
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Larry Pizer Cinematographer
Carol Ramsey Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Robbins Score Composer
David Sardi Asst. Director
Karen Schultz Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. One Big Happy Family [4:11]
2. Good Form, Mr. Bridge [2:32]
3. We Do Depend on Them So [3:13]
4. What's Up With India? [4:26]
5. Ruth [5:33]
6. The Leisure Class [5:02]
7. Ruth Takes Off [3:34]
8. The Bad Scout [3:06]
9. Tornado, So What? [5:49]
10. The Grand Tour [13:18]
11. Party On! [6:00]
12. Doug's Reading List [3:11]
13. Not to the Manor Born [8:12]
14. Carolyn's Wedding [4:11]
15. Julia, 20 Years Later [8:27]
16. Talking Stock [2:52]
17. War Movies [4:07]
18. Grace Comes Undone [7:32]
19. Carolyn Comes Home [5:35]
20. She Was My Best Friend [1:26]
21. Return of the Prodigal Son [6:53]
22. Anybody Out There? [3:34]
23. Epilogue [7:34]
24. End Credits [1:09]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Miramax Year of Gold
   Captions
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Captions: None
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