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Mr and Mrs Bridge

  • Drama
  • 1990
  • James Ivory
  • 125 mins
  • PG

Summary

Period drama starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Kansas City, between the wars: the lives of a stuffy lawyer and his unworldly wife are forced into crisis as they are confronted by the rebellions of their three grown children.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The winning Merchant Ivory partnership is off target in this pretty but ultimately disappointing vehicle for Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward. It's another of director James Ivory's polite studies of emotional repression, but the rambling, episodic tale of American family life in the 1930s and 1940s lacks cohesion. However, the two stars are superb as the eponymous married couple: Newman all starched conservatism as the stiff-necked lawyer, stubbornly resisting the changes around him; Woodward the devoted wife attempting in her own quiet way to open his eyes. The fine supporting cast includes Phenomenon's Kyra Sedgwick, Robert Sean Leonard (one of the Dead Poets Society fraternity) and Simon Callow.

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Credits

Cast

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Walter BridgePaul Newman
India BridgeJoanne Woodward
Douglas BridgeRobert Sean Leonard
Carolyn BridgeMargaret Welsh
Ruth BridgeKyra Sedgwick
Grace BarronBlythe Danner
Dr Alex SauerSimon Callow
Douglas Bridge as a boyJohn Bell (2)

Crew

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DirectorJames Ivory

Details

Released on
1991-01-18
Languages
English | French
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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