The Bridge: Suicides from Golden Gate

It is possible that as many as 1600 people have died by jumping from San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge. To date, only thirty-four people are known to have survived the jump, all of them coming away with broken bones from the 245-foot, four second long drop into water that is also home to powerful currents and Great White Sharks.

The 2006 documentary film The Bridge documents a year in suicides from Golden Gate. It is composed of interviews with witnesses, the families of those who have died, even a few survivors – but what makes The Bridge uniquely powerful is the time and effort filmmaker Eric Steel and his crew put in to filming the bridge. They managed to film twenty-three successful suicides in total. Following this film and the efforts of suicide prevention groups, plus a lot of red tape, a $76 million dollar barrier will be put in place that should make jumping from the bridge nearly impossible.

Obviously, if you’re going through some stuff in your life right now then give this one a miss; but if not, and if you’re curious to see the dark side of one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, then press play.

 

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Vāmācaraṇa Sen
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this was a really powerful film

Chris Constantino
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Gene was a great guy. I lived down the street from him, and was shocked when I heard the news. He was a great artist and could draw the coolest things. Very sad to see that video and disturbing to see a friend go that way. RIP Gene

Austin Morris
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Casie Walker

Hayden Crook
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Michelle Crook

Arthur Doomer
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bizzarre

Jordan Alexander Sabo
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Dang

Alvaro Ucha
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Alfonso Vigliero

Anthony Hutton
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An amazing docufilm

Lynne Gehrke
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Really gee

Lori Kessell
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I saw that a few yrs back. Sad

Aaron Tyree
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Great documentary

Christopher Mowgli Alvarez
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Spend all that money on a barrier? Wow..

Paul Richard
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What happened they had to keep doing retakes

Conen Tyrson
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The worst thing is that the person who watched these waited for them. He sat, watched, and filmed suicides. That doesn’t sound so bad until you realize that he watched for people showing suicidal behavior, and did nothing to stop it. He didn’t call the police, he didn’t go up there to try to stop them. He just sat and filmed whispering to himself: “do a flip do a flip do a flip… Yeeaaahhh that’s niiiice…” *fap fap fap*

Piece of shit.

Simon Pantet
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You don’t have the right to end your life. Life is something precious that was given to you. Ending it is like failing an obstacle or giving up……… And I’m not even religious

j angry
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j angry

You obviously like talking about something you know nothing about. I’m speaking from experience when I tell you what a person goes through. It’s not expressed in words very easily. But for me, I felt like a very tired person who has struggled more than anyone I know. I just wanted to rest forever. I went to the doctors , took MEDs even checked myself into several hospitals. Ten days after being released I overdosed on my MEDs. I when they found me. I was revived and I lay in a coma for six days with no activity. When I… Read more »

Chris Whitehead
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So sorry to hear about your friend, I’d hope this doc brings some attention to suicide prevention and saves lives

Conner Rambin
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Seen it…Fucking crazy

Ben Goff
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Gene is the man. Would have liked to have known that guy. Suicide is what it is, their choice. Your life and you have the right to end it.

Conen Tyrson
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Gene seems like he would have been the shit to party with. I would have totally been this dude’s friend.

Sity Appleton
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He was actually rather shy. Brilliant artist.

Adam Drzewucki
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really sad and heavy but for some strange reason makes me want to live so much.

Sity Appleton
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A friend of ours was featured in this documentary. I will never watch it.

Conen Tyrson
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The director is fucked up. Rather than calling the police about potential suicides, he just watched, filmed, and jerked off.

Vāmācaraṇa Sen
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they left the camera running… and did justice to the people who jumped

Irene Gaitan
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Sad, but if you know that anyone feels lost love them tell them God loves them and let thrir families know to seek help, do what you can and in the end hope and pray its enough to buy time so they can come to grips and find a better peace than death!

Conen Tyrson
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Because god loves everyone!
Except starving children in africa!

Aime Leigh Chatt
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Sleater-Kinney – Jumpers [OFFICIAL VIDEO]: https://youtu.be/vZA_7FtttRY

Tovarich Merol
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The feeling of wanting to stop existing really sucks

Christopher Alexander
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This is so sad, RIP to all who suffered May you be free and fly like birds.

Harry Bauer-Obstler
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Mike Muir is one of the 34 survivors, isn’t he?

Brian Patrick Petro
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I’ve seen this documentary it a good one, think it’s on Netflix.

Denise Rogers
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Fascinating documentary. It is iconic that something as beautiful and majestic as the Golden Gate Bridge would become the catalyst of ending so many lives…

Nelson Cantin-Gingras
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Olivier Roy

Melinda Foofie Deyhle
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Thanks for sharing this doc; fascinating.

Lucas Delgado
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Carinna Blevins

Carinna Blevins
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Don’t jump!!

John Lateralus
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I’m glad we were finally able to convince homosexuals to kill themselves.

La Bandita
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love this documentary movie

Mark Jordan
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Terrah Yvette Roberts

Joe Horne
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Happens a lot here in Charleston too

Christopher Redar
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That’ll save them a fuckton on royalties

Malcolm Laws
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Brilliant piece of film.

Clayton Duxbury
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Worth a watch mal?

Malcolm Laws
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Definitely. It’s right up your street

Ronny Wolfsbane
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Interesting documantary.

Jaime Fay
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I almost watched, but decided their deaths were not for me to witness.

Jørn E. Svanem
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Need to ban brigdes.

Jristo Trejo
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The sad part about it is they’re parents didn’t give a fuck…worthless old pieces of shits. I would have killed myself too if my parents were like that.

Ryan Hösterei
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the people who witness the event do seem more distraught, that is quite sickening

John Lateralus
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their*

John Lateralus
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their parents jristo

Stuart Larwood
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R.I.P Gene Sprague

Luis Ebuc Ramirez
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where can i watch this?

Cory Der Soulstealer Kamermans
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youtube

Selina Marquez
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It’s on YouTube the first one when you search it

Roberto De La Torre Jr.
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Daammm

Niccolina Vargas Ryon III
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This documentary is so depressing. The metal dude with long, black hair pacing back and forth before he kills himself is an image that has stayed with me for years. So sad.

Stuart Larwood
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He paced that bridge for 90mins until totally disconnecting himself from his life. Haunting but epic way to exit.

Low De Pluie
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I don’t get it the film maker could have time for save his life and he don’t.. For this case it’s like is guilty for not helping. Feel bad about this guy

Sity Appleton
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He didn’t try to save Gene. The glory is in the filming. It’s disgusting and we all lost a fried that just maybe could have been saved.

Ben Goff
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If I remember correctly they just left a camera running. At least for most of it. I thought gene was the one to embrace it the most. I really don’t see how you can people can say they should save them. Talk to them, reason your side of it sure but they are gonna do it if they don’t wanna be here anymore. Its selfish to make someone suffer because you aren’t ready to let them go.

Stuart Larwood
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Sity Appleton that’s how I felt, pissed off to the fact for these people to film their end. No help. Just do it! So I can make my movie and money. Sounded as though Gene was in the pit of depression and above all just needed to be loved by a female likemind. Didn’t help the situation his mother passing away from cancer, heard they were best friends kinda thing.

Mary Maguire
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The filmmakers weren’t standing there watching, this was surveillance footage that they acquired later.

Eulogy
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I’m pretty sure it’s not suveillance footage. The image wouldn’t be so wobbly if it had been…

Fabio Carretti
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Can’t see it in italy, fuck

Pablo Reyes
Guest

Anyone seen the doc about the suicide forest in Japan?

Krissy Pederson
Guest

Yes. That’s a heavy one too.

Ronny Wolfsbane
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How is it named?

Pablo Reyes
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Jay Gambit
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One of my favorite films.

Greet Herbert
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Thnx for sharing

Aprille Marie
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thats pretty fucked dude

Tom Videira
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Punk Rock