Mrs. Soffel (1984)




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Based on a true story, Mrs. Soffel is set in Pittsburgh near the dawn of the 20th century. Peter Soffel (Edward Herrmann) is the warden of a top security prison, and his wife Kate (Diane Keaton) often comes by to read the Bible aloud to the inmates, despite her fragile health. While making her rounds, she makes the acquaintance of the Biddle Brothers, Ed (Mel Gibson) and Jack (Matthew Modine), who are sentenced to death for murder and robbery. Ed has become something of a celebrity thanks to his letter-writing campaign, in which he appeals in the letter-to-the-editor columns of the popular press to stay the execution of his brother and himself. His good looks, intelligence, and charm make a strong impression on Kate, whose marriage offers her little excitement. In time, Kate finds herself falling in love with Ed, and she discovers that she's unexpectedly receptive to his suggestion that she help him escape. Mrs. Soffel was the first American film from noted Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Daniel Bryan Corkill
as Eddie Soffel
Joyce Ebert
as Matron Garvey
J. Winston Carroll
as Guard McGarey
Kay Hawtry
as Peter's Secretary
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
as Jessie Bodyne
Wayne Robson
as Halliday
Les Rubie
as Mr. Stevenson
Paula Trueman
as Mrs. Stevenson
David Huckvale
as Russian Twin
Douglas Huckvale
as Russian Twin
Derek Keurvost
as Reporter
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
Alar Aedma
as Guard
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
Jane Foster
as Elsie
John W. Carroll
as Guard McGarey
Philip Craig
as Sketch Artist
John Innes
as Reporter
Al Kozlik
as Reporter
Derek Keurvorst
as Reporter
Don McManus
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
James Bradford
as Minister
Charles Jolliffe
as Sheriff Hoon
Rodger Barton
as Deputy Hoon
Jack Mather
as Mr. Watson
Sean Sullivan
as Farmer
Clay Follett
as Farmer
Dan Lett
as Young Man
Dorothy Phelan
as Old Aunt
Walter Massey
as Mr. Robinson
Chuck Waters
as Bit Part
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Critic Reviews for Mrs. Soffel

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 8, 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
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May 7, 2007

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August 2, 2005

Audience Reviews for Mrs. Soffel

I don't care for this movie at all. Diane Keaton is one of my favorite actresses but I prefer her in "Baby Boom" over "Mrs.Soffel" any day. If you love Diane Keaton watch "Baby Boom" not this crap.

Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres

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
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

A great movie about Pittsburgh history of a convicted felon and a warden's wife who fall in love and escape together and end up ...

Karen Kelly
Karen Kelly

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