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Mrs. Soffel
TitleMrs. Soffel
Time107 mins
GenreDrama; Romance
DirectorGillian Armstrong
ActorDiane Keaton as Kate Soffel; Mel Gibson as Ed Biddle; Matthew Modine as Jack Biddle; Edward Herrmann as Warden Peter Soffel; Trini Alvarado as Irene Soffel; Jennifer Dundas as Margaret Soffel; Danny Corkill as Eddie Soffel; Harley Cross as Clarence Soffel; Terry O'Quinn as Detective Buck McGovern; Pippa Pearthree as Maggie; William Youmans as Guard George Koslow; Maury Chaykin as Guard Charlie Reynolds; Joyce Ebert as Matron Agnes Garvey; Wayne Robson as Halliday; Dana Wheeler-Nicholson as Jessie Bodyne
RatingPG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
CinematographyRussell Boyd
PlotBased on a true story, Mrs. Soffel is set in Pittsburgh near the dawn of the 20th century. Peter Soffel (Edward Herrmann) is the warden of a top security prison, and his wife Kate (Diane Keaton) often comes by to read the Bible aloud to the inmates, despite her fragile health. While making her rounds, she makes the acquaintance of the Biddle Brothers, Ed (Mel Gibson) and Jack (Matthew Modine), who are sentenced to death for murder and robbery. Ed has become something of a celebrity thanks to his letter-writing campaign, in which he appeals in the letter-to-the-editor columns of the popular press to stay the execution of his brother and himself. His good looks, intelligence, and charm make a strong impression on Kate, whose marriage offers her little excitement. In time, Kate finds herself falling in love with Ed, and she discovers that she's unexpectedly receptive to his suggestion that she help him escape.
ProducerDavid Nicksay; Scott Rudin
WriterRon Nyswaner
Mrs. Soffel