Mrs. Soffel (1984)




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Movie Info

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.

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


as Kate Soffel

as Ed Biddle

as Jack Biddle

as Warden Peter Soffel

as Irene Soffel

as Margaret Soffel

as Eddie Soffel

as Clarence Soffel

as Buck McGovern

as Guard Koslow

as Guard Reynolds

as Matron Garvey

as Guard McGarey

as Peter's Secretary

as Jessie Bodyne

as Halliday

as Mr. Stevenson

as Mrs. Stevenson

as Russian Twin

as Russian Twin

as Russian

as Mrs. Fitzgerald

as Becky Knotts

as Rachel Garvey

as Leota Yoeders

as Paperboy

as Atty. Burke

as Atty. Watson

as Prisoner

as Old Prisoner

as Polish Guard

as McNeil

as Trustee

as Guard McGarey

as Sketch Artist

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Peter's Secretary

as McNeil's Secretary

as Swinehart

as Policeman

as Factory Girl

as Factory Girl

as Mr. Bodyne

as Mrs. Bodyne

as Sheriff Hoon

as Deputy Hoon

as Mr. Watson

as Young Man

as Mr. Robinson

as Bit Part

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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