Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep’s ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ Premiered On This Day in 1995

by Brandi Stillings
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On this day, we pay tribute to a classic Hollywood movie. Today marks the anniversary of the premiere of “The Bridges of Madison County,” which was released in 1995. It also stars two of the most famed actors in American history, Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.

Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, this romantic drama film was produced and written by Eastwood.

According to Rotten Tomatoes, the plot for movie goes as follows:

“Set in 1965, it features Italian war bride, Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep), who lives with her husband and two children on their Iowa farm. The same year she meets National Geographic photojournalist Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood). He visits Madison County to take photos of its historic covered bridges. A moving love story about a photographer on assignment to shoot the historic bridges of Madison County. After Francesca’s family leaves for brief getaway, the couple have a passionate love affair.”

In conclusion, the couple’s brief romantic encounter doesn’t amount to a happily ever after. Instead, reality sets in making them another case of soulmates who’ve met too late in life.

He meets a housewife, whose husband and children are away on a trip, and the film traces a brief affair that is never sordid but instead one of two soul mates who have met too late.

Well received by critics, the movie was also a huge success with fans. It ended up earning $182 million worldwide. In 1996, Streep was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress due to her performance.

Clint Eastwood Wrote, Directed & Stars in 16 Movies

“Go ahead, make my day.” The famous actor behind those words, Clint Eastwood, boasts an impressive Hollywood resume. The “Dirty Harry” star has appeared in over 60 films. Not to mention, he’s also written, directed, and starred in 16.

According to IMDb, his earlier productions include: “Sudden Impact,” “Heartbreak Ridge,” and “True Crime.” Along with a few examples of his more recent work, featuring: “Gran Torino,” “Million Dollar Baby,” and, his latest, “Cry Macho.”

The Western movie star began turning heads his breakout film role as the “Man with No Name.”

His first directed film was “Play Misty for Me.”

Then, he debuted as a producer in 1982 with two films, “Firefox” and “Honkytonk Man.”

In addition to countless movie roles, Clint Eastwood has received many accolades for his work. A few of these awards include: the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence, AFI Life Achievement Award, and even the National Medal of Arts, known as the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government.

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