film adaptation of Robert James Waller's wildly popular,
bestselling novel. The story takes place in 1965, in the
farmlands of Iowa, where bored, middle-aged Italian
housewife Francesca has just sent her two kids and
husband away to the state fair.
Shortly thereafter she encounters
Robert Kincaid, a mysterious, rugged, "National
Geographic" photographer, on assignment taking
pictures of Iowa's covered bridges. The two are
immediately attracted to each other, and when Francesca
invites Robert back to her home, they begin a romantic,
sensual, illicit affair that lasts over the next few
days. For Francesca, this is the first time in years
that she's experienced passion in her life, and she
realizes that maybe she's found her true love. Robert
feels the same way, and shortly before her family
returns home, asks Francesca to run off with him.
Francesca now must make an important decision -- one
that will affect the rest of her life and could leave
her with many regrets...
Based on Robert James Waller's hugely successful novel,
this 1965-set drama chronicles the touching romance
between a middle-aged, Italian-American housewife and a
photographer from "National Geographic."
Academy Award nominations: Best Actress--Meryl Streep.
Released theatrically in the USA on June 2, 1995, and
had an opening weekend box office gross of $10.5
million. The film was a big hit, grossing more than $70
million domestically and $115 million overseas.
Color by Technicolor.
Shot on location in Winterset, Iowa (population: 4,200).
There was a fierce competition for the role of
Francesca. Considered or mentioned for the part were:
Jessica Lange, Isabella Rossellini (whom author Waller
favored), Susan Sarandon, Catherine Deneuve, Lena Olin,
Sonia Braga, Cher, Anjelica Huston, Emma Thompson, Geena
Davis, and Mary McDonnell. And Barbara Hershey won a
poll conducted by the "Chicago Sun-Times".
Clint Eastwood, who shot the film in a brisk 42 days,
replaced Bruce Beresford as director. Beresford left
because he objected to Steven Spielberg's script changes
(Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment produced the movie).
Prior to Beresford, Sydney Pollack and then Spielberg
himself were slated to direct the film, but each dropped
out. Eastwood also replaced Robert Redford in the lead
Meryl Streep was a runner-up for best actress of 1995 in
voting by the National Society of Film Critics!!
- Attractive Retail Box
Genre: Dramas, Drama, Romance, Tear Jerker, Love
Story, Infidelity, Bucolic
- Rating Reason:
For Some Sensuality and Brief Strong
Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Mary Louise Streep
- Directed By:
- Release Information:
- Studio: Warner Home Video
- Theatrical Release Date: June 2,
- DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
- Run Time: 135 minutes
- Production Company: Warner Home
- Package Type: Snap Case
- DVD Features:
Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only).
This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other
- Aspect Ratio(s):
- Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1
- Available Audio Tracks:
- English (Dolby Digital 5.1
- French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Language: English and French
- Available Subtitles: English, French
- Closed Captioned: Yes
- Production Notes
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus