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The Bridges Of Madison County  [DVD]
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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 ShannonSee all Product Description
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Based on the famous but not all that great book by Robert James Waller- Bridges Of Madison County is a slow burning tale of a love that a small town cannot accept. But one which keeps on burning long after the principal characters have died.
Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep) is an Italian American housewife. Her life is uneventful. She cleans, cooks and reads but wants more from life. Her passions are awakened when her husband and two children go away on a short holiday. Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) an enigmatic photographer from National Geographic magazine pulls up outside her house asking for directions. From that point on Francesca discovers her desire for life and unearths feelings that she never knew she had.
The film then explores the dilemma for both characters. Over four days Francesca and Robert embark on a passionate affair. She is attracted to his lust for life and the fact that he has travelled the world. He is attracted to Francesca's worldly mind and the fact that she seems to have so much going for her beneath the fascade of household duties and her overall aim to please her family.
Still awake? Well, although the film may not sound emotionally involving- believe you me it truly is. Meryl Streep brings emotion, depth and a sense of reality to a very challenging role. Francesca has a great sense of humour which Robert uncovers.Read more ›
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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I bought it for my sister. That's one of her favourite movie all the time and she cries every time she watches the movie 😥.
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Weepy movie fans, try this. The background is that the story comes from a book of the same name, much stripped down to its bare bones. Meryl Streep takes her best part in years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. E.
If you like acting then you will love this film
Meryl and Clint are wonderful, I didnt know Clint Eastwood could act until I saw this film. Read more