“Mrs. Soffel“Something like a Bonnie-and-Clyde riff, the true story of convicted robbers Jack and Ed Biddle, played by a hot Diane Keaton, when they escape from a Pittsburgh prison with the help of the warden’s wife of the same name. Gillian Armstrong’s 1984 period drama stars Brothers Biddle shows strong performances of a pretty green Modine and baby-faced Mel Gibson; New York-born, Australian-raised Gibson,”Crazy Max“Installations and had already gained notoriety in Peter Weir’s 1981 World War I drama”Gelibolu.” “Woman. “Soffel” would be Gibson’s second American feature film after Mark Rydell’s “The River,” and as such, a dialect coach was needed to break the North American voice of convict Ed Biddle. explains how he came out of this production:
“When we took lessons with Mel Gibson, one of the first movies of my career, to speak like an American in the process of ‘Mrs. and listening to her,’ and then we took lessons together to make our voices heard like brothers, Mel usually spoke like John Wayne. So I learned how to do it. On ‘Mrs. Soffel’ Don’t impersonate a John Wayne while you study, work with the dialect coach, and listen to Mel Gibson learn to speak like an American.
Gibson’s deliberate, muffled presentation takes on an almost dreamlike quality in the film (better for seducing the director’s wife). When Modine wears him in the “Full Metal Jacket,” he transforms an unintentional Duke mock into a deliberate one with unforgettable results.