Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)




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Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (played by real-life "Mr. and Mrs." Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward) are well-to-do residents of Kansas City in the 1940s. So far as the Bridges are concerned, however, it's the 1920s, with Mr. Bridge treating his wife like property, regarding his grown children as if they're still adolescents, and habitually voting against that upstart Roosevelt. Though the underlying painfulness of such an archaic arrangement is never ignored, Mr. Bridges' obstinacy is for the most part amusing. The scene that seemed to please the audience most was the one in which Mr. Bridge orders Mrs. Bridge not to leave their table at their country club despite tornado warnings (they sit quietly in the deserted dining room while the building shakes and shudders). As for Mrs. Bridge, her "life" is totally defined by those around her--which in any other film would be a tragedy, but which here seems a logical extension of all that's gone before. Based on two separate novels by Evan S. Connell, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge is a rare excursion into Americana by the Ismail Merchant-James Ivory team.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, nudity)
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Miramax Films


Paul Newman
as Walter Bridge
Joanne Woodward
as India Bridge
Robert Sean Leonard
as Adult Douglas Bridge
Kyra Sedgwick
as Ruth Bridge
Margaret Welsh
as Carolyn Bridge
Simon Callow
as Dr. Sauer
Malachy McCourt
as Dr. Forster
Austin Pendleton
as Mr. Gadbury
Diane Kagan
as Julia
Gale Garnett
as Mabel Ong
Marcus Giamatti
as Gil Davis
Remak Ramsay
as Virgil Barron
Al Christy
as Judge
Robyn Rosenfeld
as Genevieve
Hubert Saint-Macary
as Copyist in the Louvre
Nora Denney
as Second Bridge Player
Tom Hall
as Aztec Room Waiter
Melissa Newman
as Young India at the Pool
Richard Ross
as Jazz Musician
John Bell
as Douglas Bridge as a Boy
Roch Leibovici
as Watch Seller on the Quai
Robert Levine
as Avrum Rhinegold
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Critic Reviews for Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

Great period character study with Newman and Woodward in very good form.

February 18, 2006

Slow and lacking much drama, even by Merchant-Ivory standards, but the lead performances, especially by Newman, are impeccable.

August 17, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Excellent performances, uneventful story

December 21, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

slow and distant

September 9, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

Admirably portrays the different seasons in the long marriage of a Midwestern couple.

Full Review… | March 15, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

Its stars, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, are on screen virtually all of the time, and they're always worth watching. But the film puts such a premium on tastefulness that it never threatens to become exciting or even interesting.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Here is the Hollywood couple that defy typical Hollywood relationships - Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. It is a slowly evolving story but the performances of the two leads keep it interesting.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

The Newmans acquit themselves well here especially Joanne Woodward but it all moves just a little too slow and several of the characters in particular their son are impossible to warm to.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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