Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1995. Warner Bros., Amblin Entertainment, Malpaso Productions. Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese, based on the novel by Robert James Waller. Cinematography by Jack N. Green. Produced by Clint Eastwood, Kathleen Kennedy. Music by Lennie Niehaus. Production Design by Jeannine Oppewall. Costume Design by Colleen Kelsall. Film Editing by Joel Cox. Academy Awards 1995. Golden Globe Awards 1995.
Director Clint Eastwood 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. Meryl Streep 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).