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The Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County

Clint Eastwood (1995)

129min
12 Certificate
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Clint Eastwood directs and stars in this romantic drama based on Robert James Waller's bestseller. Eastwood plays National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid, a sensitive loner drawn into an intense love affair with rancher's wife Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep) when he arrives in Iowa to take pictures of Madison County's unique covered bridges. The affair is recounted in flashback after Francesca's death, when her grown-up children discover a diary and realise how deeply affected their mother was by the experience. Superbly adapted by Richard LaGravenese, Eastwood's moving film avoids easy sentimentality in favour of a more complex exploration of family responsibility, marital fidelity and self denial. Beautifully photographed and directed with an intimate maturity, the film reveals its characters in an unhurried way, thus making the audience accomplices in the unfolding liaison. Eastwood's acting is competent, but it's the impeccably accented Streep who really shines and she received yet another Oscar nomination.

Summary

A lonely housewife meets an itinerant photographer in 1965, and the pair embark on a passionate romance over the course of four days while her children and husband are away from home. Some 30 years later, her children discover a letter revealing their now dead mother's illicit affair and begin to reassess their own lives as a result. Romantic drama directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. With Meryl Streep, Annie Corley and Victor Slezak. Based on the novel by Robert James Waller. Includes RTÉ news and Weather.

Cast & Crew

Robert Kincaid Clint Eastwood
Francesca Johnson Meryl Streep
Carolyn Johnson Annie Corley
Michael Johnson Victor Slezak
Richard Jim Haynie
Young Carolyn Sarah Kathryn Schmitt
Young Michael Christopher Kroon
Betty Phyllis Lyons
Madge Debra Monk
Lawyer Richard Lage
Lucy Redfield Michelle Benes
Child Alison Wiegert
Child Brandon Bobst
Director Clint Eastwood
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: Edited for a sex scene and some of its language and nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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