The Bridges of Madison County


The Bridges of Madison County (1995)


Critic Consensus: Sentimental, slow, schmaltzy, and very satisfying, The Bridges of Madison County finds Clint Eastwood adapting a bestseller with heft, wit, and grace.


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The brief, illicit love affair between an Iowa housewife and a post-middle-age free-lance photographer is chronicled in this powerful romance based on the best-selling novella by Robert James Waller. The story begins as globetrotting National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid journeys to Madison County in 1965 to film its lovely covered bridges. Upon his arrival, he stops by an old farmhouse to ask directions. There he encounters housewife, Francesca Johnson, whose spouse and two children are out of town. Thus begins their four-day affair, a liaison that fundamentally changes them both. Later Francesca chronicles the affair in a diary which her flabbergasted grown children read; never would they have expected their mother to be capable of the passion she experienced with Kincaid. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Clint Eastwood
as Robert Kincaid
Meryl Streep
as Francesca Johnson
Annie Corley
as Carolyn
Jim Haynie
as Richard
Sarah Kathryn Schmitt
as Young Carolyn
Christopher Kroon
as Young Michael
Michelle Benes
as Lucy Redfield
Alison Wiegert
as Child No. 1
Brandon Bobst
as Child No. 2
Tania Mishler
as Waitress
Billie McNabb
as Waitress
Art Breese
as Cashier
Lana Schwab
as Saleswoman
Larry Loury
as UPS Driver
James Rivers
as James Rivers Band Member
Mark A. Brooks
as James Rivers Band Member
Peter Cho
as James Rivers Band Member
Eddie Dejean Sr.
as James Rivers Band Member
Jason C. Brewer
as James Rivers Band Member
Kyle Eastwood
as James Rivers Band Member
George Orrison
as Cafe Patron
Ken Billeter
as Cafe Patron
Judy Trask
as Cafe Patron
David Trask
as Cafe Patron
Edna Dolson
as Cafe Patron
Dennis McCool
as Cafe Patron
Michael C. Pommier
as Cafe Patron
Jana Corkrean
as Cafe Patron
M. Jane Seymour
as Cafe Patron
Karla Jo Soper
as Cafe Patron
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Critic Reviews for The Bridges of Madison County

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (19)

With Eastwood as Kincaid and Meryl Streep as Francesca, this carefully observant love story turns Waller's pop-lit passion into screen art.

Jul 31, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Bridges is an admirable achievement, one that probably does more to reposition its maker as someone who can carry a movie without carrying a gun than as the director/star of a Love Story for the Loving Care set.

Jul 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The result, if rather thin and certainly far from a masterpiece, is nevertheless quite lovely. This affecting little film is easily one of Eastwood's best efforts as a director.

Jul 31, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The two leads' sly comic rhythm is miles removed from the book's failing solemnity.

Jul 31, 2013 | Full Review…

Eastwood's Bridges has the energy and spontaneity of a picture that was shot quickly. And that serves the material well, because it removes the solemnity that could stiffle a modern classic.

Jul 31, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Despite all his craft and sincerity, [Eastwood] and screenwriter Richard LaGravenese can't quite turn Robert James Waller's cardboard best-seller into flesh and bone.

Jul 31, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bridges of Madison County

A perfectly executed film.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Same as the book, boring and cliche

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

I was reluctant to take a chance on this one because of the pretense, but the story and Miss Streep drew me in. Now that I've seen it - no regrets.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Not the quickest moving movie, but worth watching if you can perserve with it. Very sad and has something to say about living the life that makes you happy, and not to please everyone else. The main character does not manage to do this and you see the impact not only on her own life, but on that of her daughter who has been raised to see life in the same way and now also finds herself less than happy in a bad relationship. Sympathy is also there for the husband as it was not his fault he was not the right person for his wife. Nice acting and not a feel good movie, but a good one for anyone who likes to think.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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