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The Bridges of Madison County

(1995)

PLOT | AUDIO | TRIVIA | CAST | CREDITS | PURCHASE


Plot

The Bridges Of Madison County is one of those rare examples of a movie improving on the book it was based on. Adapted from the monster, if purple-prosed, best seller by Robert James Waller, the film tells the simple story of an Iowa housewife, Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep), who meets a traveling National Geographic photographer named Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood), who has arrived in Madison County, Iowa to shoot its picturesque covered bridges. The two begin a four-day affair while her husband and children are out of town that reawakens long-lost passions and yearnings in Francesca. Kincaid, meanwhile, confronts his own roving, rootless nature; he asks Francesca to come with him, but they both know that after their brief interlude, they can never be together again. A .mp3ing story follows Francesca's children, after her death many years later, as they discover their mother's secret and take stock of their own lives. Eastwood and Streep deliver masterful, touching performances, while Eastwood's subtle direction and Richard LaGravenese's screenplay build the film into a deeply moving reflection on the choices one must make in both life and love.


Audio
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Listen as Clint Eastwood expresses his thoughts on this film including the process of making a movie from a best-selling novel and working with Meryl Streep.

Here is another interesting segment in which Clint discusses the music in the film and his past experiences as a musician. [Click here...]


Trivia
  • Kyle Eastwood appears in the film with his band.
  • Clint again wrote the main musical theme for the film, which was then orchestrated by Lennie Niehaus.

Cast
Robert Kincaid
Francesca Johnson
Caroline
Michael Johnson
Richard Johnson
Young Carolyn
Young Michael
Betty
Madge
Lawyer
Lucy Redfield
Child
Child
Wife
Husband
Waitresses
 
Cashier
Saleswoman
UPS Driver
James River Band
 
 
 
Cafe Patrons
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Clint Eastwood
Meryl Streep
Annie Corley
Victor Slezak
Jim Haynie
Sarah Kathryn Schmitt
Christopher Kroon
Phyllis Lyons
Debra Monk
Richard Lage
Michelle Benes
Alison Wiegert
Brandon Bobst
Pearl Faessler
R.E. 'Stick' Faessler
Tania Mishler
Billie McNabb
Art Breese
Lana Schwab
Larry Loury
James Rivers
Mark A. Brooks
Peter Cho
Eddie Dejean Sr.
James C. Brewer
Kyle Eastwood
George Orrison
Ken Billeter
Judy Trask
David Trask
Edna Dolson
Dennis McCool
Michael C. Pommier
Jana Corkrean
M. Jane Seymour
Karla Jo Soper

Credits
Producers
 
Director
Screenplay
Novel
Director of Photography
Editor
Music
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Clint Eastwood
Kathleen Kennedy
Clint Eastwood
Richard LaGravenese
Robert James Waller
Jack N. Green
Joel Cox
Lennie Niehaus


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