The Bridges of Madison County



Date: February 7, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center

Cost: $7/each

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1995 (PG-13) 135 min. USA
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood, Victor Slezak, Annie Corley

The brief, illicit love affair between an Iowa housewife and a post-middle-age free-lance photographer is chronicled in this powerful romance based on the best-selling novella by Robert James Waller. The story begins as globetrotting National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid journeys to Madison County in 1965 to film its lovely covered bridges. Upon his arrival, he stops by an old farmhouse to ask directions. There he encounters housewife, Francesca Johnson, whose spouse and two children are out of town. Thus begins their four-day affair, a liaison that fundamentally changes them both. Later Francesca chronicles the affair in a diary which her flabbergasted grown children read: never would they have expected their mother to be capable of the passion she experienced with Kincaid.

“Eastwood and Streep work together with real heat and power. The erotic tension that develops between them is a believable force.” – Jack Kroll, NEWSWEEK

“Intelligent movie passion, “Madison County” is Clint Eastwood’s gift to women.” – Richard Corliss, TIME

“Irresistible. The most beautiful love story of recent memory. Meryl Streep’s performance is beyond extraordinary. Eastwood’s accomplishments are equally distinguished. His direction is flawless. A rapturous love story of life and renewal.”
– Gene Shalit, TODAY, NBC-TV

“Remarkable. A moving love story. Mr. Eastwood instills it with a soulful, reflective tone. Meryl Streep has her best role in years.” – Janet Maslin, NEW YORK TIMES

“Two thumbs up.” – SISKEL & EBERT

“Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood smolder in BRIDGES.” – USA TODAY

“Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep make magic.” – Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“A marvelous movie. “The Bridges of Madison County” is a modern romantic classic.” – David Sheehan, CBS-TV

“A magnificent, heartbreaking movie. A classic movie romance.” – Dave Kehr, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS