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The Bridge

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Inspired by a New Yorker story, "Jumpers," written by Tad Friend, director Eric Steel decided to train cameras on the Golden Gate Bridge over the course of 2004 to capture the people who attempted to leap off the famed structure, the site of more suicides than anywhere else in the world. He also tracked down and interviewed the friends, family members, and eyewitnesses to further recreate the events leading up to the incident and to try to explain what led these people to want to kill themselves, especially at ...
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Overview

Inspired by a New Yorker story, "Jumpers," written by Tad Friend, director Eric Steel decided to train cameras on the Golden Gate Bridge over the course of 2004 to capture the people who attempted to leap off the famed structure, the site of more suicides than anywhere else in the world. He also tracked down and interviewed the friends, family members, and eyewitnesses to further recreate the events leading up to the incident and to try to explain what led these people to want to kill themselves, especially at this specific site. The documentary's primary subjects all struggled with mental illness, including severe depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorders, and the documentary struggles to understand their illness while illuminating the anger and hurt of their loved ones. Most questions remain unanswered, turning on the darker recesses of the mind. The shots of the bridge wreathed in fog turn the Golden Gate into a metaphor for a bridge between life and death, sanity and mental disturbance, and extreme isolation and connection with society. Though the camera crew worked with a set of guidelines, including that they would call in someone they thought was going to jump, the documentary still includes lengthy footage of the moments leading up to and including the suicides, so discretion is advised for sensitive viewers. ~ Michael Buening
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Special Features

Behind-the-scenes featurette; National Suicide Prevention Lifeline PSA
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Editorial Reviews

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The Bridge is an intense viewing experience, a documentary that addresses death with a candidness rare in any forum. It is far more respectful and nuanced than the shocking premise sounds, a moving thoughtful sympathetic rumination on the vagaries of mental illness. It opens and repeatedly returns to footage taken of the Golden Gate Bridge, showing it throughout the day, in different weather, following random pedestrians, before lingering on someone who looks like they'll jump. The effect is to lull the viewer into a meditative state about his or her own mortality. However, director Eric Steel is walking a very precarious line with his repeated use of footage of people committing suicide, running the risk of exploiting the deaths for voyeuristic thrills. This filmmaker's dilemma is never discussed, instead focusing on the jumpers and their life story. But how to cover such a private moment in a public place seems like it should be addressed, especially since the audience is a participant as a silent viewer. Overall Steel's approach is respectful without being timid. There are a few instances where awkward devices are used, particularly when needlessly manipulative pop ballad cues are introduced and when the film plays a cruel game of "will they or won't they" with the audience in cutting from person to person. Anyway, a few mistakes can be forgiven when dealing with such a difficult subject, and The Bridge's accomplishments are far more profound than its minor faults.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • UPC: 741952312291
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,276

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Hines Participant
Patrick Hines Participant
Rachel Marker Participant
Tara Harrell Participant
Carolyn Presley Participant
Wally Manikow Participant
Mary Manikow Participant
Matt Rossi Participant
Jenn Rossi Participant
Rich Waters Participant
Ginny Matthews Participant
Shelley Albar Participant
Eric Geleynse Participant
Chris Brown Participant
Susan Ginwalla Participant
Lyle Smith Participant
Dave Williams Participant
Christina Koelling Participant
The Figueroa Family Participant
Steve Meronek Participant
Keith Glenn Participant
Gordon Smith Participant
Technical Credits
Eric Steel Director, Producer
Jim Black Musical Direction/Supervision
Alison Palmer Bourke Executive Producer
Christopher Covert Musical Direction/Supervision
Margaret Crimmins Sound/Sound Designer
Alex Heffes Score Composer
Sabine Krayenbuehl Editor
Peter McCandless Camera Operator
Evan Shapiro Executive Producer
Greg Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Volante Sound Mixer
Jessica Wolfson Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Bridge
1. A Common Occurrence [7:57]
2. Gene [1:26]
3. Lisa [7:30]
4. A Family Recounts [5:35]
5. Wally & Mary Manikow [15:58]
6. A Photographer's Perspective [8:23]
7. Kevin Hines: A Survivor's Struggle [14:34]
8. Process of Deciding [5:48]
9. David, Ruby and Jim [13:20]
10. A False Romanticism [3:05]
11. The Hurt Left Behind [7:02]
12. End Credits [3:34]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Bridge
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   Scene Selection
   Extras
      A Short Feature on the Making of The Bridge
      A Message From Kevin Hines
      Theatrical Trailer
   Set Up
      Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound
      Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital
      Subtitles: SDH English - On
      Subtitles: SDH English - Off
   Previews
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I'll never look at the bridge the same again

    I lived in the Bay Area for 5 years, and I never once heard about people jumping off our bridge. It's eye opening to learn that someone successfully plummets to their death off that beautiful structure almost once a month, and many others attempt to but are stopped. The idea of this movie intrigued me, though I found it fell a little short of what I wanted. The storyline focuses on a handful of people and tells their stories in depth. The up side of that approach is that we get to delve a little deeper into mental illness and the romanticized idea of suicide. However, being an ex-Californian, I wanted to learn more statistics so I could gauge the frequency of this occurrence. We don¿t get any figures until the credits. And if people jump off this manmade structure more than any other, what are the stats on the other structures and which structures are they? Perhaps I am morbid for having these thoughts, but these unanswered questions distracted me from the storyline. I would¿ve engaged more with the characters if I had some numbers to help me understand how common this story is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Cry for Help...Any Answers???

    A moving look at ordinary people effected by the ultimate consequences of mental illness. It becomes apparent by the end of the film how little we know about mental illness and suicide. Do we as a society care? Should we? Those are the questions these trouble people leave behind as they disappear beneath the waves.

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    Posted December 21, 2008

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