GenreDrama, Romance Music directorMark Isham WriterRon Nyswaner LanguageEnglish
Release dateDecember 26, 1984 CastDiane Keaton (Kate Soffel), Mel Gibson (Ed Biddle), Matthew Modine (Jack Biddle), Edward Herrmann (Warden Peter Soffel), Trini Alvarado (Irene Soffel), Jennifer Dundas (Margaret Soffel (as Jennie Dundas)) Similar moviesBarbed Wire Dolls, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, The Maze Runner, The Shawshank Redemption, The Experiment
TaglineA true story
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Mrs. Soffel is a 1984 American drama film directed by Gillian Armstrong, starring Diane Keaton and Mel Gibson and based on the story of condemned brothers Jack and Ed Biddle, who escaped prison with the aid of the warden's wife, Kate Soffel.
It was filmed on location in and around the Serez family farm in Mulmer, Ontario, as well as Wisconsin (train sequences) and establishing shots in Pittsburgh. The jail sequences were filmed in both the Allegheny County Courthouse and old Allegheny County Jail. The film was entered in the 35th Berlin International Film Festival.
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Kate Soffel is the wife of a Pittsburgh prison warden in 1901. They have four children. After several months of being sick in bed for no discernible reason that doctors can figure out, she suddenly regains her strength. She visits inmates to read Bible scripture to them and meets Ed Biddle and his brother Jack, both of whom may be innocent of the crimes that brought them here.
Mrs. Soffel falls in love with Ed and enables him and Jack to escape, smuggling bar-cutting blades to him at the prison. They go on the run together, with tragic results.
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 - Detective Buck McGovern
Pippa Pearthree - Maggie
William Youmans - Guard George Koslow
Maury Chaykin - Guard Charlie Reynolds
Joyce Ebert - Matron Agnes Garvey
Wayne Robson - Halliday
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson - Jessie Bodyne
Les Rubie - Mr. Stevenson
Paula Trueman - Mrs. Stevenson
Katie McCombs - Rachel Garvey
William Duell - Lenny
Walter Massey - Mr. Robinson
The film received lackluster to negative reviews upon release and currently holds a 40% 'Rotten' score on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert awarded the film Two Stars, calling it "an anemic Bonnie and Clyde" and concluding that the performances were unconvincing. Vincent Canby called it a "very strange and maddening movie", but praised the performances of Keaton and Gibson.