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
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 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
  • Sal Licata as Young Child

Production notes

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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