The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Romance


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Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson for four days in the 1960s.


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28 June 2008 | Benedict_Cumberbatch
A mature, believable, and truly moving love story
I admire the likes of Woody Allen, Chaplin and Clint Eastwood (just to name a few), who possess(ed) the chops to write, direct AND act. They're complete artists, and I wish I could be like that (I'll be already too happy if I can ever achieve my life passion of writing and directing, though, since my acting would be less convincing than Owen Wilson playing Hamlet).

Even though Eastwood didn't write this (Richard LaGravenese did it beautifully, based on a novel by Robert James Waller), he does a good job in front of the camera while also directing this human encounter between a photographer (played by himself) and an Italian housewife (Meryl Streep, magnificent) in 1960s Iowa. Their four days together would change their lives forever.

The premise doesn't sound too original, but Eastwood wonderfully captures all the raw emotions between these people, who seem throughly genuine, alive, and passionate. Lennie Niehaus' beautiful music score helps enhance the romantic atmosphere, and the slow pace is never a bore since it's necessary to make you live those brief but special moments with them. From westerns to female boxers to jazz musicians to war dramas, Clint Eastwood knows how to tell a good story, and "The Bridges of Madison County" ranks among his best. 10/10.

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Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,519,257 4 June 1995

Gross USA:

$71,516,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,016,617

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