Mrs. Soffel
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"handsomely mounted period piece, but can't shake off a certain air of good manners"
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"An unusual love story and a religious film about grace and forgiveness."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"didn't for one moment convince me that these were real people, acting from the bottom of their hearts."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The outcome is predictable, and the prospectively livelier second half never breaks free from the torpor of the prison scenes."
‑ , Film4
"a very strange and maddening movie, being a fascinating tale that's nowhere as provocative as it first promises to be and as the reputations of everyone connected with it might lead you to expect."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"True stories don't get much steamier."
‑ Christopher Null,
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