Bridges of Madison County

Bridges of Madison County

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Cast: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak

     
 

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The brief, illicit love affair between an Iowa housewife and a post-middle-age free-lance photographer is chronicled in this powerful romance based on the best-selling novella by Robert James Waller. The story begins as globetrotting National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid journeys to Madison County in 1965 to film its lovely covered bridges. Upon his arrival,… See more details below

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Overview

The brief, illicit love affair between an Iowa housewife and a post-middle-age free-lance photographer is chronicled in this powerful romance based on the best-selling novella by Robert James Waller. The story begins as globetrotting National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid journeys to Madison County in 1965 to film its lovely covered bridges. Upon his arrival, he stops by an old farmhouse to ask directions. There he encounters housewife, Francesca Johnson, whose spouse and two children are out of town. Thus begins their four-day affair, a liaison that fundamentally changes them both. Later Francesca chronicles the affair in a diary which her flabbergasted grown children read; never would they have expected their mother to be capable of the passion she experienced with Kincaid.

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A far better film than it really has any right to be, Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Robert James Waller's bestselling novel converts a breathlessly overwrought piece of writing into a moving melodrama in the classic mold. Though it starts badly and comes to a halt every time it returns to its modern day framing device, whenever the film concentrates on the illicit romance of Eastwood and Streep -- which is most of the film -- it serves as a model of understated direction and unimpeachable performances. An unlikely pairing of acting styles, Eastwood and Streep perfectly embody their unlikely lovers. Playing a woman realizing for the first time that she might not be resigned to a life of underappreciated boredom, Streep strikes the right note of nervousness and ecstasy. But unlike its most immediate model, Brief Encounter, since it dwells equally on both lovers, the film turns on Eastwood's performance. Here he transforms his character from a figure of fantasy into a fully-realized man who slowly recognizes his own unspoken loneliness. Though the film's final act drags on well past its emotional climax, as a director Eastwood -- working from a script by Richard LaGravenese -- elsewhere avoids indulgence and always stays away from overt sentimentality, allowing his film to work as a heartbreaking story of hard choices and unrealized dreams.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2010
UPC:
0883929107797
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:14:00
Sales rank:
1,706

Special Features

Commentary by editor Joel Cox and director of photography Jack N. Green; An Old-Fashioned Love Story: The Making of the Bridges of Madison County; Doe Eyes music video; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Robert Kincaid
Meryl Streep Francesca Johnson
Annie Corley Caroline
Victor Slezak Michael Johnson
Jim Haynie Richard Johnson
Phyllis Lyons Betty
Debra Monk Madge
Kyle Eastwood James River Band #6
George Orrison Cafe Patron
David Gilbert Voice Only

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director,Producer
Bill Arnold Art Director
Willie D. Burton Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Campanelli Camera Operator
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Joel Cox Editor
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Jay R. Hart Set Decoration/Design
Colleen Kelsall Costumes/Costume Designer
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Richard LaGravenese Screenwriter
Michael Maurer Associate Producer
Lennie Niehaus Score Composer
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Bruce Ricker Consultant/advisor
Steve Riley Special Effects

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Bridges of Madison County
1. Last Wishes and Revelations [5:49]
2. What Only Francesca Knew [3:10]
3. Known for All You Were [3:37]
4. Sunday Evening in 1965 [4:32]
5. Directions to a Bridge [3:33]
6. From Italy to Iowa [3:44]
7. Prep Work [4:25]
8. Dreams You're Glad Of [7:44]
9. Kitchen Chores [3:10]
10. Loving What You Do [5:33]
11. To Ancient Evenings [3:47]
12. Anything But Simple [5:20]
13. Invitation [3:48]
14. Eyes on Lucy Redfield [2:16]
15. Not Worried [2:10]
16. Holliwell Bridge [2:35]
17. Intensely Erotic [2:02]
18. Tell Me Now [1:57]
19. You Make Me Forget Myself [6:21]
20. Keepsake [3:37]
21. Jazz Joint [2:01]
22. My Surprising Mother [4:06]
23. Making My Way Here [4:36]
24. Another Invitation [7:17]
25. Francesca's Choice [2:25]
26. Safe Within Details [8:27]
27. Uncertain in the Rain [2:38]
28. Grateful for Silence [6:34]
29. Apology [2:03]
30. Legacy in a Box [2:17]
31. Words of Healing [4:06]
32. Go Well, My Children [2:24]
33. End Credits [1:18]

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