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The Bridges Of Madison County [1995] [DVD]

Clint Eastwood , Meryl Streep , Clint Eastwood    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak, Jim Haynie
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Robert James Waller
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Kathleen Kennedy, Michael Maurer, Tom Rooker
  • Format: Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 1998
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CX86
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,454 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A National Geographic photographer (Clint Eastwood, who also directs) arrives in Madison County, Iowa, to cover a story about the Roseman Bridge. He stops to ask directions from a bored housewife (Meryl Streep) whose family are away, and so begins a romantic love affair.


Some called it a snooze-fest, while others tearfully clutched their Kleenex. In any case, Clint Eastwood was an unusual and (as it turned out) perceptive choice to direct and costar in this lush adaptation of Robert James Waller's phenomenally bestselling novel. Meryl Streep costars as Francesca, the lonely Iowa farmer's wife who is instantly attracted to Robert (Eastwood), the photographer from National Geographic who is in the area to photograph the bridges along Iowa's rural roadways. The two fall in love while Francesca's husband and children are away at a county fair, but the story's passion and lasting appeal derive from their decision to part forever after just a few brief days of intimate connection. Superbly acted with an emphasis on quiet, graceful moments of tender revelation, the film builds to a crescendo of powerful and conflicting emotions. Like David Lean's Brief Encounter (to which it bears marked similarities), The Bridges of Madison County is destined to become one of the classic film love stories. --Jeff Shannon

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
This, quite simply, is one of the most heart-breaking films I have ever seen. This is a film for the more mature audience (not for people with short attention spans), whether you have experienced love or not this film will touch your soul. The mix of a beautiful story and superb acting (namely Streep and Eastwood) makes this a truely powerful film that will stay with you for a very long time. You go on a journey with the characters (whom we become to know throughout the film without really realising it) on a roller coaster of emotions and afterwards the intensity of the story leaves you feeling quite drained in a hopeful sort of way (if you're like me and can't make it to the end without crying). This story has passionate love, strong friendship, morals, values and beliefs - and above all this story is about life - decisions, sacrifices and emotion. This story is perfectly told and utterly absorbing (even better than the book). In fact, the film & characters are so real that when I visited the acutal film site I felt like Francesa Johnson had really lived there and that Robert Kincaid had driven there to find her. This is a very powerful film (not for the faint hearted, childish or shallow). This film, which will touch your life if you let it, has to be one of the most powerful, real, intense and passionate love-stories of our time. If you are in love with the idea of love then this is an absolute must-see film...but be warned, it will break your heart; when Robert Kincaid stands in the rain, well, it is absolutely soul-wrenching. This romantic but real film is a true master-piece.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romantic Masterpiece 23 Oct 2006
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It was a masterstroke to put two of the best actors around these days together in this good old fashioned romance. Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood (who also produces and directs) look so good together on screen. Of course, Meryl is made up to look a little dowdy, and perhaps Clint might look a little old for the part, but who cares? Their scenes together are so good, they make it look so natural. Meryl Streep plays Francesca a lonely and bored housewife who by chance meets Robert (Eastwood) a professional photographer who is commissioned by National Geographic Magazine to take pictures of various locations in Iowa. They develop a relationship which lasts for only four memorable days. Then, Robert moves on and Francesca is left with her memories which remain with her right until her death. The story of the romance is told through her diaries read by her grown up children who find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that their mother had been disloyal to their father. However, they come to realise that Francesca's love for Robert is one of those loves that happen to most of us during our lives, a short term love, which remains in memory. A fascinating film of human relationships. Enhanced by a superb music score, but lacking extras which is a shame. If you like good old fashioned romances, then pour yourself a drop of brandy, just sit back and enjoy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb performance by Meryl Streep 20 Jun 2001
I saw this film for the first time last night on video. I was blown away by the performances of Clint Eastwood and especially Meryl Streep. I decided to buy myself a copy so that I can savour these again and again. This was a performance quite removed for Mr Eastwood, the reason I put off watching it for so long but I was pleasently surprised. You must see this film, I'm sure it will change a few things.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECTION!! 15 Aug 2006
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This is quite simply one of the best films I have ever seen. Definitely up among my top five ever. The quality of the acting from Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood is just faultless. They look so good together on screen, it is hard to believe they are only acting. You can literally feel the intensity of the characters' love for each other and the heartbreaking decison they have to face, to either stay together and be true to themselves, or separate and go back to their individual lives, and therefore put the feelings of others before their own happiness.

I agree with the previous reviewer, in that it is one of those rare movies that is actually better than the book. I have watched it many times, with the kleenex at the ready of course. It is simply perfect for a wet Sunday afternoon.

If you love weepies, you will adore this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridges of Madison County, The Film 7 May 2007
By Mrs.D
I've already rated the book and given it top marks, but now I have to do it for the film as well. It isn't often that you find a film that equals the quality of the book, but this one does.

I'm neither a Clint Eastwood nor a Meryl Streep fan, so I was extremely sceptical that this was going to do the book justice. How wrong I was. I am dead impressed at how closely Clint Eastwood, as the director, kept to the book. I was also impressed with his acting. I've heard it said of him that he's made a career of being expressionless, but in this movie, for the first time, he enchanted me with his animation. Definitely a side of him I've not seen before.

Meryl Streep was equally good. She played the housewife to perfection, and again, enchanted me and showed me a side of her I could truly like and look forward to watching, again and again.

Perhaps I shouldn't give this movie five stars. The actors who played Streep's grown children were absolutely appalling, though the rest of the supporting characters were believable and didn't get in the way of the story in the way that these two did. I've seldom in my life seen such bad acting, particularly in a film containing two such stellar actors as Eastwood and Streep. Who to blame? Eastwood for directing them poorly? Perhaps, but the rest of the film flowed beautifully. The actors, for being so appalling at their craft that they threatened to ruin the entire film? A bit of both, I think.

Thankfully, the primary characters more than made up for this, and I will hold to my 5-star rating because the movie was beautiful, moving, and tore at your heart just as hard as the book did. I've seen it 3 times on the telly now, and I cried all three times, just as I do every time I read the book. I will definitely be adding it to my library, and wouldn't discourage anyone else from doing the same.
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