Crossing the Bridge

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Crossing the Bridge (Touchstone Movie)

“Crossing the Bridge” is a heartwarming drama released in 1992, directed by Mike Binder. The movie stars Josh Charles as Matt, a young man struggling to cope with the recent loss of his estranged father. After his father’s death, Matt is tasked with the responsibility of returning his father’s body to his childhood home in rural Michigan for burial.

Matt’s journey to Michigan becomes a metaphorical and emotional journey of self-discovery as he revisits his past, confronts his own demons, and reconnects with his family and roots. Along the way, he meets a diverse group of people, each with their own unique stories and experiences, which helps him gain a new perspective on life.

The film beautifully explores themes of family, forgiveness, and the complexities of human relationships. It delves into the dynamics of family bonds and the impact of unresolved issues on one’s life. Matt’s interactions with his relatives, friends, and strangers on his trip gradually lead him to find closure and acceptance, ultimately leading to personal growth and healing.

The performances in “Crossing the Bridge” are a standout, with Josh Charles delivering a poignant portrayal of a man coming to terms with his past and his place in the world. The supporting cast, including Stephen Baldwin, Jason Gedrick, and Cheryl Pollak, add depth and authenticity to the characters they play, making the film’s emotional journey even more captivating.

The picturesque backdrop of rural Michigan serves as a fitting setting for the film’s themes, adding a sense of nostalgia and contemplation to the narrative. The cinematography captures the beauty of the countryside and complements the film’s introspective tone.

“Crossing the Bridge” is a touching and introspective film that explores the complexities of life, love, and loss. Its emotional depth and relatable characters make it a timeless drama that resonates with audiences, offering a poignant reflection on the human experience. Whether you are looking for a heartfelt drama or a film that explores themes of personal growth and redemption, “Crossing the Bridge” is a must-watch for anyone seeking a moving and thought-provoking cinematic experience.

Additional Details


  • Jason Gedrick: Tim Reese
  • Stephen Baldwin: Danny Morgan
  • Josh Charles: Mort Golden
  • Jeffrey Tambor: Uncle Alby
  • David Schwimmer: John Anderson
  • Cheryl Pollak: Carol Brockton
  • Richard Edson: Mitchell
  • Abraham Benrubi: Rinny
  • Ken Jenkins: Lou Golden
  • Rita Taggart: Kate Golden


  • Director: Mike Binder
  • Producer: Jeffrey Silver and Robert Newmyer
  • Music: Peter Himmelman

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