The potential for a moving, tragic love story is clearly there, but Mrs Soffel proves distressingly dull for most of its running time.
True story is set in Pittsburgh in 1901, and has Diane Keaton, as the wife of Allegheny County Prison warden, Edward Herrmann, recovering from a long illness and resuming her rounds of quoting scripture to prisoners. She quickly takes a special interest in two cons on Death Row, brothers Mel Gibson and Matthew Modine, who are waiting to be hung for a murder they were convicted of committing during a burglary.
Defying all reason, Keaton helps the brothers escape and thereby undergoes an instant transformation from respectable woman to fugitive outlaw.
Final act does carry something of a charge, but it’s too long a ride getting there.