The Bridges of Madison County

  • 12
  • Clint Eastwood (1995)
  • US
  • 129 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Romantic drama starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Francesca Johnson's adult son and daughter begin to understand her strange last request of having her ashes scattered from Roseman Bridge, when they read in her diary about the love affair with loner photographer Robert Kincaid.

Cast and crew


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


Clint Eastwood

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Edited for a sex scene and some of its language and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 12