Mrs. Soffel

A true story

Mrs. Soffel (1984)


Based 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.

Director: Gillian Armstrong
Writer: Ron Nyswaner

Release Date: 1984-12-26
Status: Released
Run time: 112 min / 1:52
Revenue: $4,385,312
Production Company : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Country: United States of America



Diane Keaton
Kate Soffel
Mel Gibson
Ed Biddle
Matthew Modine
Jack Biddle
Edward Herrmann
Warden Peter Soffel
Trini Alvarado
Irene Soffel
Jennifer Dundas
Margaret Soffel
Danny Corkill
Eddie Soffel
Harley Cross
Clarence Soffel
Terry O'Quinn
Buck McGovern
Pippa Pearthree
William Youmans
George Koslow
Maury Chaykin
Charlie Reynolds
Joyce Ebert
Agnes Garvey
Wayne Robson
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Jessie Bodyne
Les Rubie
Mr. Stevenson
Paula Trueman
Mrs. Stevenson


Directing Gillian Armstrong Director
Writing Ron Nyswaner Screenplay
Production Scott Rudin Producer
Editing Nicholas Beauman Editor
Production Margery Simkin Casting
Art Luciana Arrighi Production Design
Directing Penelope Hynam Script Supervisor
Production Edgar J. Scherick Producer
Camera Russell Boyd Director of Photography
Sound Mark Isham Original Music Composer
Production David Nicksay Producer
Crew Victoria Vanderkloot Stunts
Crew Chuck Waters Stunts
Crew Marco Bianco Stunts
Crew Bruce Smith Stunts
Crew Robin Grathwol Stunts
Production Dennis E. Jones Associate Producer
Production Dennis E. Jones Production Manager
Directing Mark Egerton Assistant Director
Production Michael MacDonald Unit Manager
Directing Richard Flower Second Assistant Director
Art Roy Forge Smith Art Direction
Directing Rocco Gismondi Third Assistant Director
Art Carmi Gallo Assistant Art Director
Art Andris Hausmanis Assistant Art Director
Art Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration
Art Dan Conley Set Decoration
Art Bill Harman Construction Coordinator
Art J. Tracy Budd Property Master
Art Daniel R. Bradette Assistant Property Master
Camera Rod Parkhurst Camera Operator
Camera Chris Helcermanas-Benge Still Photographer
Camera Gail Harvey Still Photographer
Crew David Neil Trifunovich Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Shay Cunliffe Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Linda Kemp Wardrobe Supervisor
Crew Glenn Randall Jr. Stunt Coordinator
Crew Glenn Randall Jr. Second Unit
Costume & Make-Up Patricia Green Makeup Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Paul LeBlanc Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Linda Gill Makeup Artist
Editing Bruce Lange First Assistant Editor
Sound Todd Boekelheide Music Supervisor
Sound David Lee Production Sound Mixer
Crew Patricia Johnson Unit Publicist

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