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.

Directing:
  • Gillian Armstrong

Writing:
  • Ron Nyswaner

Stars:
Release Date: 1984-12-26
themoviedb icon 6.5/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 112
  • Revenue: $4,385,312
Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
Kate Soffel
Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrma...
Warden Peter Soffel
Matthew Modine
Matthew Modin...
Jack Biddle
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
Ed Biddle
Trini Alvarado
Trini Alvarad...
Irene Soffel
Jennifer Dundas
Jennifer Dund...
Margaret Soffel
Terry O'Quinn
Terry O'Quinn
Buck McGovern
Paula Trueman
Paula Trueman
Mrs. Stevenson
Maury Chaykin
Maury Chaykin
Charlie Reynolds
William Youmans
William Youma...
George Koslow
Danny Corkill
Danny Corkill
Eddie Soffel
Harley Cross
Harley Cross
Clarence Soffel
Pippa Pearthree
Pippa Pearthr...
Maggie
Wayne Robson
Wayne Robson
Halliday
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Dana Wheeler-...
Jessie Bodyne
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