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R| 1 hr. 35 min.

Plot Summary
The majestic Golden Gate Bridge is one of San Francisco's most popular tourist destinations. Unfortunately, it also is a beacon to people, struggling with depression, addiction or mental illness, who leap to their deaths into the waters of the bay. Filmmaker Eric Steel documents those suicides and interviews some of the victims' grieving survivors.

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Director: Eric Steel

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: IFC Films

The Bridge (2006)

Release Date: October 27th, 2006|1 hr. 35 min.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • The real item under consideration here is the movie itself, and the bottom line is that it lands in a humane place. True, any viewer will go in with a certain curiosity, ghoulish or otherwise, about what it's like to jump off a bridge, and yet the overall effect of the film is broadening. To see it is to dread the bridge jumps and to come away with a feeling of compassion and empathy. show more

  • Eric Steel's documentary has more than a whiff of exploitation about it. show more

  • The film avoids theorizing about why the bridge should exert such a hold over the imaginations of suicides all over the world, but Steel's dramatic cinematography, particularly the distorted telephoto shots that make the bridge loom even larger than it already does in life, provide one answer. show more

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  • June 03, 2010 villigord
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    Signs posted along the entire span of the Golden Gate Bridge walkway warn: 'Jumping From This Bridge is Both Fatal and Tragic' and urge the use of a crisis hotline wired to available handsets. There is a Bridge Control unit; there are San Francisco police officers on patrol; there is a crisis center. More people have chosen to end their lives at... See More the Golden Gate Bridge than anyplace else in the world. I visited The Bridge before I saw this film. Inexplicably, I was drawn to it - a sort of strange romanticism. I walked over three miles from Fishermans Wharf to see it - then another 1.7 miles across it. Looking over the ridiculously low railing, the cold green water dangerously swirled in the tangled currents of the Bay below. I wondered how any person could feel so desperate, alone and hopeless so as to hoist over that railing and leap to death in 4.1 seconds. I morbidly wondered if there is pain upon contacting the water? Is death immediate, or are there agonizing conscious moments of fatal realization once in the water? What adversely affected me the most about this film was the fact that the camera person watched Gene Sprague for a long time before he pushed backward off the rail - a sort of vouyer stalker. It had to be apparent at least at some point that he wasnt going to leave The Bridege other than by a suicidal leap. Was it worth the shock value to benefit the film for the cameraman to ********** and wait and do nothing? Almost a willful, encouraging anticipation - and isnt it illegal to fail or refuse to call the police and at least try to stop a suicide? The film then shamelessly interwove Gene's tragic story throughout, leading up to his leap, in a sort of coldhearted storytelling spin that should only be deemed to be sensationalism in its rawest form. This is a disturbing, graphic film that shocks and, like any horrible tragic reveal, demands attention from begining to end. Tomorrow's rain will wash the stains away But something in our minds will always stay Perhaps this final act was meant To clinch a lifetime's argument That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could For all those born beneath an angry star Lest we forget how fragile we are ~Sting 2 minutes ago Â

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