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Writers (WGA):
Pat Barker (novel)
Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
9 February 1990 (USA) See more »
Some people need love spelled out for them.
A struggling widow falls in love with an illiterate short-order cook whom she teaches to read and write in her kitchen each night. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Fonda ... Iris King

Robert De Niro ... Stanley Cox

Swoosie Kurtz ... Sharon

Martha Plimpton ... Kelly

Harley Cross ... Richard

Jamey Sheridan ... Joe

Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Leonides Cox (as Feodor Chaliapin)

Zohra Lampert ... Elaine

Loretta Devine ... Bertha
Julie Garfield ... Belinda

Karen Ludwig ... Melissa

Kathy Kinney ... Bernice
Laurel Lyle ... Muriel
Mary Testa ... Joanne
Katherine Cortez ... Jan

Stephen Root ... Mr. Hentley

Eddie Jones ... Mr. Hagen
Fred J. Scollay ... Mr. Delancey
Dortha Duckworth ... Librarian

Jack Gill ... The Pursesnatcher
Bob Aaron ... Bakery Foreman

Gordon Masten ... Oscar Roebuck
Richard Blackburn ... Park Ranger
B.J. Reed ... Nurse
Conrad Bergschneider ... Apple Picker Foreman
Guy Sanvido ... Man in Car
Michael C. Blackburn ... Kid (as Michael Blackburn)
Paul Horruzey ... Kid
Gerry Quigley ... Bellhop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Shayne A. Wilson ... Boy at Park (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Ritt 
Writing credits
Pat Barker (novel "Union Street")

Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) &
Irving Ravetch (screenplay)

Produced by
Patrick J. Palmer .... executive producer
Arlene Sellers .... producer
Jim Van Wyck .... associate producer
Alex Winitsky .... producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Donald McAlpine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sidney Levin 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
Production Design by
Joel Schiller 
Art Direction by
Alicia Keywan 
Eric Orbom 
Set Decoration by
Leslie Bloom  (as Les Bloom)
Steve Shewchuk 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge 
Makeup Department
Steve Atha .... hair stylist: Mr. De Niro
Steve Atha .... makeup artist: Mr. De Niro
Suzanne Benoit .... makeup artist
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist: Ms. Fonda
William A. Farley .... hair stylist
Lee Harman .... makeup artist: Ms. Fonda
Janice Miller .... hair stylist
Mickey Scott .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christopher Cronyn .... unit production manager
Michael MacDonald .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Marshall .... second second assistant director
Princess O'Mahoney .... second assistant director (as Princess McLean)
Gregory Palmer .... second second assistant director
Patrick J. Palmer .... second unit director (as Patrick Palmer)
Tom Quinn .... second assistant director
Jim Van Wyck .... first assistant director
Art Department
Suzy Abbott .... scenic charge
Roger Baron .... set dresser
Kevin Brink .... set dresser
Paul Harding .... property master
Bill Harman .... construction coordinator
Denis Kirkham .... set dresser
Tim Murton .... scenic artist
Alex Russell .... construction supervisor
Walter Stocklin .... property master (as Wally Stocklin)
Bruce Swanson .... lead man
Mort Zwicker .... construction coordinator
Christine Kaseta Cornelius .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Jeff Ginn .... conceptual illustrator (uncredited)
Peter Hudecki .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Byron K. Lovelace .... props (uncredited)
Greg Papalia .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
David B. Cohn .... supervising sound editor
John Fundus .... boom operator
Richard Lightstone .... sound mixer
Robert J. Litt .... re-recording mixer
John Motyer .... boom operator
Gary Mundheim .... sound editor
Bob Newlan .... sound editor
Greg P. Russell .... re-recording mixer
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor
Jim Thompson .... boom operator
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects
Arthur Langevin .... special effects first assistant
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects supervisor (as Neil Trifunovich)
Visual Effects by
Smokey Stover .... prop maker: Apogee, Inc.
Jack Gill .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Connors .... best boy (as Kenneth Connors)
Craig DiBona .... Steadicam operator
Russell Engels .... chief lighting technician (as Rusty Engels)
S. Karin Epstein .... still photographer (as Karen Epstein)
Howard Galbraith .... best boy
Kevin Jewison .... first assistant camera
Chaim Kantor .... second assistant camera
Bruce MacCallum .... first assistant camera
Gloria MacLeod .... second assistant camera
Harald Ortenburger .... camera operator
George Patsos .... key grip
James Pollard .... dolly grip (as Jim Pollard)
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Randy Tambling .... key grip
Rae Thurston .... chief lighting technician
Stephen S. Campanelli .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joy Dickson .... casting assistant
Carol Larkin .... extras casting
Scott Mansfield .... extras casting
Karen Hazzard .... casting: Toronto (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzy Benzinger .... assistant costume designer
Kim W. Chow .... wardrobe master (as Kim Chow)
Karen Renaut .... assistant wardrobe
Arthur Rowsell .... wardrobe supervisor
Guy Tanno .... wardrobe: men
Rose Trimarco .... wardrobe: women (as Rose Trimarco Cuerio)
Mia Shields .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Nancy Frazen .... assistant editor
Joanna Jimenez .... assistant editor
Tracey McCampbell .... second assistant editor
Mike Milliken .... color timer
Rick Sparr .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Beth Boigon .... location manager
Antoine Douaihy .... assistant location manager
Charles Miller .... location manager
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
John Rotondi .... scoring engineer: Y4 (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Francis Connolly Jr. .... driver captain
Craig S. Kohne .... driver captain (as Craig Kohne)
Nick Sweetman .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Andrew Bernstein .... production assistant
Trixie Bourne .... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Shelley A. Boylen .... production coordinator (as Shelley Boylen-Wakefield)
Jenny Chan .... production secretary
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Cynthia Clayton .... production assistant (as Cyndie Clayton)
James H. Coburn IV .... production assistant (as Jim Coburn)
Christopher Comrie .... accounting clerk (as Chris Comrie)
Stephen Craig .... production assistant
Susanna David .... script supervisor
John Davis .... production assistant
Arnold Gorlick .... projectionist
Barbara Greenhoe .... production assistant
Ruth Irvine .... assistant: Mr. Ritt
Debi Karolewski .... assistant: Ms. Fonda
Scott Kordish .... production assistant
Lacia Kornylo .... production controller
Ilene S. Landress .... assistant auditor (as Ilene Landress)
Scott MacDonough .... unit publicist
Donna Mack .... production assistant
Una Miller .... accounting clerk
Veronica Miller .... location accountant
Jason Orans .... production assistant
Michelle Palmer .... production assistant
Rick Parker .... animal wrangler
Brigitte Prochaska .... unit publicist
Tammy Quinn .... production secretary
Steve Rivers .... assistant: Ms. Fonda
Jason V. Rodney .... assistant locations (as Jason Rodney)
Suzanne Rothbaum .... production associate
Debra Tanklow .... production coordinator
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... teamster captain
Alan Potashnick .... personal assistant: Robert DeNiro (uncredited)
Jordan Stone .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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104 min
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Did You Know?

Source novelist Pat Barker has allegedly stated that this theatrical feature film bears little resemblance to her source novel which was the basis for this cinema movie. (Barker's original novel is set in Britain and not the USA; Iris (the Fonda character) is one of several women whose lives the book portrays; and the De Niro character does not feature.)See more »
Continuity: The first time we see Iris' house, there is an air conditioner in the upper left window. The next time we see the house, the air conditioner has disappeared.See more »
Iris King:A girl's best friend is her mama. At least that's what it says on the greeting cards.See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A so-so movie made great by the stars, 17 February 2001
Author: sheffner-2 from Nara, Japan

Excellent acting by the 2 main stars, De Niro and Fonda, make this a movie well worth seeing. A story about an illiterate, and a woman who helps him learn to read. In return, he helps her stop clinging to her past husband and learn to enjoy life again. It was interesting to see a slice of American life that's different from the glamour (huge homes with swimming pools) that is so often the backdrop to Hollywood movies (yawn).

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