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Mr. and Mrs. Bridge

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
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
Starring Paul Newman
Joanne Woodward
Blythe Danner
Simon Callow
Kyra Sedgwick
Robert Sean Leonard
Margaret Welsh
Austin Pendleton
Saundra McClain
Diane Kagan
Gale Garnett
Remak Ramsay
Robert Westernberg
John Bell
Marcus Giamatti
Robert Levine
Music by Richard Robbins
Jacques Offenbach ("Barcarolle" & "Can Can")
Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts
Edited by Humphrey Dixon
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
  • 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 character of Mrs. Bridge is based on Connell's mother, Ruth "Elton" Connell.[1]


  • Plot 1
  • Production notes 2
  • Cast 3
  • Awards 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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.

Production notes

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.


  • Paul Newman as Walter Bridge
  • Saundra McClain as Harriet
  • Joanne Woodward as India Bridge
  • Margaret Welsh as Carolyn Bridge
  • John Bell as Douglas Bridge (as a boy)
  • Kyra Sedgwick as Ruth Bridge
  • Simon Callow as Dr. Alex Sauer
  • Remak Ramsay as Virgil Barron
  • Addison Myers as Man at Businessmen's Table
  • Roger Burget as Man at Businessmen's Table
  • Blythe Danner as Grace Barron
  • Austin Pendleton as Mr. Gadbury
  • Gale Garnett as Mabel Ong
  • Al Christy as Judge
  • Joe Tinoco as Plaintiff
  • Ben Stephenson as Law Clerk
  • Diane Kagan as Julia
  • Alison Sneegas as Band Vocalist
  • Mark Yonally as Youth at High School Dance
  • W. B. Baker "Buck" Baker as Scoutmaster
  • Robert Sean Leonard as Douglas Bridge (grown-up)
  • Danny Cox as Country Club Steward
  • Robyn Rosenfeld as Genevieve
  • Roch Leibovici as Watch Seller on the Quai
  • Hubert Saint-Macary as Copyist in the Louvre
  • Laurence Goua as Principal Can-Can Dancer
  • The Nicolodis as Moulin Rouge Tumblers
  • Judy Judd as First Bridge Player
  • Nora Denney as Second Bridge Player
  • Robert Levine as Avrum Rhinegold
  • Charles Perkins as Jazz Musician
  • Allen Monroe as Jazz Musician
  • Richard Ross as Jazz Musician
  • Milton Abel as Jazz Musician
  • Spencer Keesee as Couperin
  • Marcus Giamatti as Gil Davis
  • Robin Humphrey as Bridal Gown Lady
  • Kathy Quinn-Byrne as Paquita
  • John Anthony as Rod
  • Jennifer Conforti as Rod's Girl
  • Tom Hall as Aztec Room Waiter
  • Joanne Carr as Prison Matron
  • Robert Westenberg as Ruth's Boyfriend
  • Florence Hall as The Barrons' Maid
  • Lee Lambert as Corporal Cipkowski
  • Jocelyn Hamilton as Florist's Assistant
  • Andy Knott as Flower Shop Owner
  • Melissa Newman as Young India at the Pool
  • Linden Ashby (uncredited)
  • Malachy McCourt as Dr. Forster (uncredited)
  • Richard Alan Nichols as Italian Man
  • Salvatore Licata as young child (uncredited)

± V. Joanne Block as Madeline


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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