The Bridges Of Madison County

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(out of 5)


Director and cinematographer Jack N. Green do such a perfect job of filming Iowa farm life, you’ll think you can actually smell the grass blowing in the wind. is perfect as Francesca Johnson, an aging war bride whose marriage to a farmer has its mutual love and respect intact but is no longer filled with passion. When she meets visiting National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid (Eastwood), she realizes her marriage never had that passion in the first place, and she and Kincaid spend four days of glorious love together while her family is away on vacation. At the end of that time, they know they both have to decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives. The romance is intelligent and mature, and it’s so refreshing to see a real movie about older people that actually becomes a huge hit with popular audiences. Based on the bestselling novel by Robert James Waller (one which actually takes less time to read than this movie takes to watch, oddly enough).


Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment, Malpaso Productions

USA, 1995

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Award Nomination
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep as “Francesca Johnson”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Meryl Streep)


Airdate: Saturday, October 21 (8-11 p.m. ET)

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