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Stanley & Iris (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 9 February 1990 (USA)
A struggling widow falls in love with an illiterate short-order cook whom she teaches to read and write in her kitchen each night.

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Sharon
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Kelly
Harley Cross ...
Richard
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Joe
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Leonides Cox (as Feodor Chaliapin)
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Elaine
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Bertha
Julie Garfield ...
Belinda
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Melissa
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Bernice
Laurel Lyle ...
Muriel
Mary Testa ...
Joanne
Katherine Cortez ...
Jan
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Storyline

Stanley Cox is a shy, illiterate short-order cook who has never taken a chance at love. Iris King is a newly widowed factory worker who has vowed never to love again. But as their friendship slowly blossoms and Iris helps Stanley learn to read, his strong yet gentle kindness helps mend her broken heart. And where two lonely strangers stood trapped within the past, Stanley and Iris can now begin a new chapter of their lives - together. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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love | cook | widow | bakery | tutoring | See All (25) »

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Some people need love spelled out for them.

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Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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9 February 1990 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,820,015 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Martin Ritt's first cinema movie in around three years. Ritt's last film at the time before this picture had been Nuts (1987). See more »

Goofs

Iris gets a perm, but for the next few scenes her hair is still straight. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Everett Cox: Three people in bed are one too many for me.
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Good film, great acting
6 April 2004 | by (Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I just read the comments of TomReynolds2004 and feel I have to jump in here. I understand he doesn't like the film, but his reasons are not evident. My feeling regarding this film is that it is not afraid to travel the darker roads of loneliness, failure, disappointment and sorrow. Each of these two people, as portrayed, have plenty of reasons to be bitter and angry, yet find tenderness and comfort in each the other. Only great acting could make this work without becoming an emotional quagmire, sentimental and sappy. I really became interested in these people because of their overwhelming humanity given to them by such strong performances. I have every reason to dislike Jane Fonda for her Vietnam era actions, but personal feelings apart, she is fabulous in this role. Robert DeNiro is superb as a man whose intelligence and goodness begins to fail him in a world indifferent to his abilities. This is the first I have seen DeNiro using tenderness rather than toughness to sell a character and I really like it. This film was a big surprise when I first viewed it and I look forward to seeing it again.


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