Mrs. Soffel (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mrs. Soffel (1984)




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This drama centers on Kate, the sickly wife of Peter Soffel, a tough prison warden. One day Kate meets the notorious murderers Ed and Jack Biddle. Kate and Ed are immediately drawn to each other. Eventually Kate decides to leave her husband and children to help her lover escape.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Nyswaner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2002
MGM Home Entertainment


Diane Keaton
as Kate Soffel
Mel Gibson
as Ed Biddle
Matthew Modine
as Jack Biddle
Edward Herrmann
as Warden Peter Soffel
Trini Alvarado
as Irene Soffel
Jennifer Dundas
as Margaret Soffel
Danny Corkill
as Eddie Soffel
Harley Cross
as Clarence Soffel
Terry O'Quinn
as Buck McGovern
William Youmans
as Guard Koslow
Maury Chaykin
as Guard Reynolds
Joyce Ebert
as Matron Garvey
J. Winston Carroll
as Guard McGarey
Kay Hawtry
as Peter's Secretary
Wayne Robson
as Halliday
Les Rubie
as Mr. Stevenson
Paula Trueman
as Mrs. Stevenson
David Huckvale
as Russian Twin
Douglas Huckvale
as Russian Twin
Ralph Zeldin
as Russian
Nancy Chesney
as Mrs. Fitzgerald
Samantha Follows
as Becky Knotts
Katie McCombs
as Rachel Garvey
Linda Gabler
as Leota Yoeders
Eric Hebert
as Paperboy
Tom Harvey
as Atty. Burke
Jack Jessop
as Atty. Watson
Lou Pitoscia
as Prisoner
John Dee
as Old Prisoner
Len Doncheff
as Polish Guard
David Fox
as McNeil
Fred Booker
as Trustee
John W. Carroll
as Guard McGarey
Philip Craig
as Sketch Artist
John Innes
as Reporter
Al Kozlik
as Reporter
Kay Hawtrey
as Peter's Secretary
Brian Young
as McNeil's Secretary
Frank Adamson
as Swinehart
Gerald Tucker
as Policeman
Heather Graham
as Factory Girl
Linda Carola
as Factory Girl
George Belsky
as Mr. Bodyne
Marushka Stankova
as Mrs. Bodyne
Charles Jolliffe
as Sheriff Hoon
Rodger Barton
as Deputy Hoon
Jack Mather
as Mr. Watson
Dan Lett
as Young Man
Walter Massey
as Mr. Robinson
Chuck Waters
as Bit Part
Don McManus
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Mrs. Soffel

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

handsomely mounted period piece, but can't shake off a certain air of good manners

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

didn't for one moment convince me that these were real people, acting from the bottom of their hearts.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

a very strange and maddening movie, being a fascinating tale that's nowhere as provocative as it first promises to be and as the reputations of everyone connected with it might lead you to expect.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

An unusual love story and a religious film about grace and forgiveness.

Full Review… | July 23, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

The outcome is predictable, and the prospectively livelier second half never breaks free from the torpor of the prison scenes.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Mrs. Soffel

I saw this Movie very long time ago. I was so fascinated of the movie. It is tiny bit dark for my test.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Good performances, slow script.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson do not disappoint in this true story about a wardens wife who falls for a convicted felon. I loved this story even if I have serious misgivings about Mrs. Soffels actions. The story is warm and thoughtful, though her choices are deplorable.

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