Mrs. Soffel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Mrs. Soffel
Mrs soffel.jpg
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Gillian Armstrong
Produced by Edgar J. Scherick
David A. Nicksay
Scott Rudin
Written by Ron Nyswaner
Starring Diane Keaton
Mel Gibson
Matthew Modine
Edward Herrmann
Trini Alvarado
Jennifer Dundas
Terry O'Quinn
Music by Mark Isham
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) December 26, 1984
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4,385,312

Mrs. Soffel is a 1984 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong, starring Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson and based on the story of condemned brothers Jack and Ed Biddle, who escaped prison with the aid of the warden's wife, Kate Soffel.

It was filmed on location in and around the Serez family farm in Mulmer, Ontario, as well as Wisconsin (train sequences) and establishing shots in Pittsburgh. The film was entered in the 35th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

Plot[edit]

Kate Soffel is the wife of a Pittsburgh prison warden in 1901. They have four children. After several months of being sick in bed for no discernible reason that doctors can figure out, she suddenly regains her strength. She visits inmates to read Bible scripture to them and meets Ed Biddle and his brother Jack, both of whom may be innocent of the crimes that brought them here.

Mrs. Soffel falls in love with Ed and enables him and Jack to escape, smuggling bar-cutting blades to him at the prison. They go on the run together, with tragic results.

Cast[edit]

Trivia[edit]

Heather Graham had her first screen appearance as a factory girl but was uncredited.

It is also Harley Cross's film debut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1985 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-01-09. 

External links[edit]