Mr. and Mrs. Bridge

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge is a 1990 American drama 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.

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
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Theatrical poster
Directed byJames Ivory
Produced byIsmail Merchant
Written byRuth Prawer Jhabvala
Based onMrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge
by Evan S. Connell
Music byRichard Robbins
Jacques Offenbach ("Barcarolle" & "Can Can")
CinematographyTony Pierce-Roberts
Edited byHumphrey Dixon
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
September 1990 (Venice)
  • November 23, 1990 (1990-11-23)
Running time
126 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$7,698,010

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 traditionally minded 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.



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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