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Stanley & Iris (1990)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  9 February 1990 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Stanley Cox
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Sharon
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Kelly
Harley Cross ...
Richard
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Joe
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ...
Leonides Cox (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Zohra Lampert ...
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 being 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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Budget:

$5,816,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,820,015 (USA)
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French censorship visa # 72634. See more »

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The final shot of that sequence supposedly takes place at Post and Washington Streets, but a street sign partly out of focus in the background is clearly different from either of those. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Everett Cox: Let me tell you about us. I'm gonna need a working woman; that's you. You're gonna need a broad shoulder; that's me. I like you, Iris, just about as much as I love you. And you know what? We're gonna do just fine together. And a man could drown in your blue eyes.
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the real deal
15 June 2004 | by (The Rockies) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie, with perfect performances by the very best actors. Anyone who doesn't appreciate this little masterpiece has probably spent too much time in front of the TV. The writing is superb, and the direction flawless. From the opening 360 degree pan, which ends by a close-up of the bakery (which is, in fact, the center of the drama), to the outstanding last line of the film (which is, in fact, the theme of the movie), the storytelling is absolutely first-rate. The acting is a study in naturalistic performance style. Jane Fonda is, as always, the best of the best, but Stanley's father steals the show. De Niro, as Stanley, gives an understated and totally endearing portrayal of a resourceful and intelligent "illiterate." This film is the opposite of the "blockbuster" -- finely crafted, intimate, and uncompromising.


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