The Bridge Poster

Release Date: October 27th, 2006

DVD Release Date: June 12th, 2007

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.

Director: Eric Steel

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Easy There Tiger

Distributors: IFC Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A serious, wrenching and oddly poetic documentary. show more

  • 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

  • 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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