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Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama | 18 January 1991 (UK)
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Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children.

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Evan S. Connell (novels), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Walter Bridge
Saundra McClain ... Harriet
Joanne Woodward ... India Bridge
Margaret Welsh ... Carolyn Bridge
John Bell John Bell ... Douglas Bridge - as a boy
Kyra Sedgwick ... Ruth Bridge
Simon Callow ... Dr. Alex Sauer
Remak Ramsay Remak Ramsay ... Virgil Barron
Addison Myers Addison Myers ... Man at Businessmen's Table
Roger Burget Roger Burget ... Man at Businessmen's Table
Blythe Danner ... Grace Barron
Austin Pendleton ... Mr. Gadbury
Gale Garnett ... Mabel Ong
Al Christy Al Christy ... Judge
Joe Tinoco ... Plaintiff
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Storyline

It's about a five member family. The father is a conservative and traditional person who directs the family. The mother is at home, she tries to hold together the family, while Mr. Bridge works as a lawyer. The children have just grown up, and the complications are derived from that they have a more modern view of life. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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Divided by time and tradition. United by love and hope. The story of an unforgettable family.

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Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 January 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cenas de uma Família See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,959, 25 November 1990

Gross USA:

$7,698,010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,698,010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shakespearean Tutor to Mr. Newman - Senator Bob Dole See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Atomic Brain (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Blues in the Night
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Performed by Dinah Shore with Orchestra
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Bridge To Nowhere
1 September 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Mr.&Mrs. Bridge is an interesting character study of a pair of a typical married couple during the years before our entry into World War II. The film does provide a good insight into the American mindset of a Republican oriented couple of the period, hardly the political orientation of its two stars.

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are the Bridges with two daughters and a son who are all reaching adulthood. Kyra Sedgwick is the rebellious Bohemian type who just wants to shake the dust of her conservative roots and fly. Maureen Collins wants to get married and she makes a disastrous choice of a husband. But that is partly to get away from her father's ideas. And son Robert Sean Leonard is an Eagle Scout and apparently a chip of dad's old block. But he thinks there is more to life than his father's ideas. He's looking to join the army.

The film netted Joanne Woodward an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and she is the most interesting character in the film. She longs to recapture her youth when Newman was apparently a far more passionate individual than the stuffed shirt lawyer. She tries to shake Newman out of his smug complacency, but ultimately fails.

The Bridges are an interesting pair, but ultimately not very satisfying. I have to applaud the characterizations which are first rate, but this story which seemed really not to have a point just left me cold.

However fans of Newman and Woodward will like Mr.&Mrs. Bridge.


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