Mr. and Mrs. Bridge

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Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
Mr & Mrs Bridge.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by James Ivory
Produced by Ismail Merchant
Written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Based on Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge
by Evan S. Connell
Music by Richard Robbins
Jacques Offenbach ("Barcarolle" & "Can Can")
Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts
Edited by Humphrey Dixon
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date
  • November 23, 1990 (1990-11-23)
Running time
126 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7,698,010

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge is a 1990 Merchant Ivory film based on the novels by Evan S. Connell of the same name. It is directed by James Ivory, with a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and produced by Ismail Merchant.

The film stars real-life couple Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward as Mr. and Mrs. Bridge. The character of Mrs. Bridge is based on Connell's mother, Ruth Connell.[1]


The story of a traditional family living in the Country Club District of Kansas City, Missouri, during the 1930s and 1940s. The Bridges grapple with changing mores and expectations. Mr. Bridge (Paul Newman), is a lawyer who resists his children's rebellion against the conservative values he holds dear. Mrs. Bridge (Joanne Woodward), labors to maintain a Pollyanna view of the world against her husband's emotional distance and her children's eagerness to adopt a world view more modern than her own.


  • Paul Newman as Walter Gene Bridge
  • Joanne Woodward as India Bridge
  • Margaret Welsh as Carolyn Bridge, daughter of India and Walter
  • Kyra Sedgwick as Ruth Bridge, daughter of India and Walter
  • Robert Sean Leonard as Douglas Bridge, son of Walter and India
  • Simon Callow as Dr. Alex Sauer, a psychiatrist
  • Remak Ramsay as Virgil Barron, Grace's husband
  • Blythe Danner as Grace Barron, India's best friend
  • Austin Pendleton as Mr. Gadbury, India's art instructor
  • Gale Garnett as Mabel Ong, India's friend
  • Saundra McClain as Harriet Rogers, the maid for the Bridge family
  • Diane Kagan as Julia, Walter's secretary
  • Robyn Rosenfeld as Genevieve, Dr. Sauer's girlfriend
  • Marcus Giamatti as Gil Davis, Carolyn's husband

Production notes[edit]

Mr. and Mrs. Bridge was filmed entirely on location in Kansas City, Missouri; Paris, France; and Ottawa, Canada. Joanne Woodward received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.


Academy Award

Golden Globe Award

  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama – Joanne Woodward

Independent Spirit Award

  • Nominated: Best Female Lead – Joanne Woodward

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award

  • Won: Best Actress – Joanne Woodward

New York Film Critics Circle Awards


  1. ^ A visit with Evan Connell accessed 7-30-2015

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