Mr. and Mrs. Bridge

Mr. and Mrs. Bridge

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Mr. and Mrs. Bridge

Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (played by real-life "Mr. and Mrs." Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward) are well-to-do residents of Kansas City in the 1940s. So far as the Bridges are concerned, however, it's the 1920s, with Mr. Bridge treating his wife like property, regarding his grown children as if they're still adolescents, and habitually voting against that upstart Roosevelt. Though the underlying painfulness of such an archaic arrangement is never ignored, Mr. Bridges' obstinancy is for the most part amusing. The scene that seemed to please the audience most was the one in which Mr. Bridge orders Mrs. Bridge not to leave their table at their country club despite tornado warnings (they sit quietly in the deserted dining room while the building shakes and shudders). As for Mrs. Bridge, her "life" is totally defined by those around her--which in any other film would be a tragedy, but which here seems a logical extension of all that's gone before. Based on two separate novels by Evan S. Connell, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge is a rare excursion into Americana by the Ismail Merchant-James Ivory team.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2001
UPC: 0026359053320
Original Release: 1990
Rating: PG-13
Source: Hbo Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Surround]
Time: 2:07:00

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 Actor
Joanna Merlin Actor
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 Producer
Robert Halmi 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

Scene Index

0. Chapters
1. Meet the Bridges [6:52]
2. The Theory of the Leisure Class [7:39]
3. Ruth [14:09]
4. The Eagle Scout [3:05]
5. The Tornado [5:53]
6. European Vacation [11:12]
7. Grace [8:01]
8. Time for "The Talk" [3:11]
9. Caroline's Engagment [8:12]
10. A Wedding [3:00]
11. One Rainy Night [9:39]
12. Contingency Plans [7:04]
13. "What Is It All About!?" [3:03]
14. The Marriage Myth [7:47]
15. Letters From Ruth [2:11]
16. Mrs. Barron Is Not At Home [8:21]
17. A Visit From Air Corporal Bridge [3:33]
18. Car Trouble [7:33]
19. Epilogue/ End Credits [4:12]

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