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Iris -- Here's the powerful true story based on John Bayley's novels that earned Jim Broadbent an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Academy Award Nominations for Best Actress Judi Dench and Best Supporting Actress Kate Winslet! Judi Dench and Kate Winslet bring to the screen one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century, celebrated English author Iris Murdoch.
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Release Date:
29 March 2002 (USA) See more »
Her greatest talent was for life
True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kate Winslet ... Young Iris Murdoch

Hugh Bonneville ... Young John Bayley

Judi Dench ... Iris Murdoch

Jim Broadbent ... John Bayley
Eleanor Bron ... Principal
Angela Morant ... Hostess

Penelope Wilton ... Janet Stone
Siobhan Hayes ... Check-Out Girl

Juliet Aubrey ... Young Janet Stone
Joan Bakewell ... BBC Presenter
Nancy Carroll ... BBC PA

Kris Marshall ... Dr. Gudgeon
Tom Mannion ... Neurologist

Derek Hutchinson ... Postman

Samuel West ... Young Maurice (as Sam West)
Saira Todd ... Phillida Stone

Juliet Howland ... Emma Stone
Charlotte Arkwright ... Young Phillida Stone
Harriet Arkwright ... Young Emma Stone
Matilda Allsopp ... Little Stone
Steve Edis ... Pianist
Emma Handy ... Policewoman

Timothy West ... Older Maurice

Stephen Marcus ... Taxi Driver

Pauline McLynn ... Maureen (as Pauline McGlynn)
Gabrielle Reidy ... Tricia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tony Blair ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Blunkett ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kenneth W Caravan ... Psychoanalyst (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Eyre 
Writing credits
John Bayley (books "Iris: A Memoir" and "Elegy for Iris")

Richard Eyre (screenplay) &
Charles Wood (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Dreyer .... line producer
DTeflon .... assistant producer
Guy East .... executive producer
Robert Fox .... producer
Thomas Hedley Jr. .... executive producer (as Tom Hedley)
Anthony Minghella .... executive producer
Sydney Pollack .... executive producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
James Horner 
Cinematography by
Roger Pratt (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Martin Walsh 
Casting by
Celestia Fox 
Production Design by
Gemma Jackson 
Art Direction by
David Warren 
Set Decoration by
Trisha Edwards 
Costume Design by
Ruth Myers 
Makeup Department
Kate Benton .... hair stylist assistant
Kate Benton .... makeup artist assistant
Jayne Buxton .... hair stylist assistant
Jayne Buxton .... makeup artist assistant
Julie Dartnell .... hair stylist assistant
Julie Dartnell .... makeup artist assistant
Antonia Kruger .... hair stylist assistant
Antonia Kruger .... makeup artist assistant
Lesley Smith .... hair stylist
Lesley Smith .... makeup artist
Gillian Thomas .... hair stylist assistant (as Gill Thomas)
Gillian Thomas .... makeup artist (as Gill Thomas)
Jane Walker .... hair stylist assistant
Jane Walker .... makeup artist assistant
Lisa Westcott .... hair designer
Lisa Westcott .... makeup designer
Production Management
Stephen Barker .... post-production supervisor
Tim Porter .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Harrison .... first assistant director
Finn McGrath .... second assistant director
Chris Stoaling .... third assistant director
Art Department
Tom Bohan .... construction coordinator
Peter N. Brown .... supervising carpenter
Peter Burden .... dressing props
Will Cann .... stand-by props
Jane Clark .... storyboard artist
Charlie Cobb .... art department assistant
Mark Douet .... art department photographer
Robert J. Dugdale .... assistant scenic artist
Kevin Fleet .... dressing props
Segan Friend .... stand-by props
Alan Grenham .... painter
Patrick Honan .... stand-by stagehand (as Pat Honan)
Paul Inglis .... assistant art director
George King .... supervising stagehand
Cathal MacIlwaine .... stand-by carpenter
Pippa Marks .... storyboard artist
Thomas Martin .... construction coordinator (as Tom Martin)
Campbell Mitchell .... stand-by props
Tom Pleydell-Pearce .... property master
Pat Roberts .... stand-by painter
Nina Ross .... art department assistant
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist
Kenneth Welland .... painter (as Kenneth J. Welland)
Krissi Williamson .... production buyer
Kevin Woodhouse .... stand-by assistant art director
David Youngs .... carpenter (as David A. Youngs)
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Warren Greenham .... painter (uncredited)
John Shergold .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jon Bailey .... assistant sound engineer
Chris Barrett .... assistant sound engineer
Chris Bolster .... assistant sound engineer
Paula Boram .... foley artist
Anthony Cleal .... sound re-recording mixer
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Gillian Dodders .... adr editor
Gillian Dodders .... dialogue editor
Steve Finn .... sound maintenance
Glenn Freemantle .... supervising sound editor
Jim Greenhorn .... sound mixer
Matt Grimes .... sound editor (as Matt Grime)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Sayers .... sound editor
Mark Sheffield .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Tayler .... adr mixer
Kevin Tayler .... foley mixer
Andrew Caller .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Paul Clancy .... senior special effects technician
Peter Notley .... special effects supervisor
Martin 'Marty' McLaughlin .... senior snow effects technician (uncredited)
David 'Pinkie' Thomas .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
Carly Harrup .... stunt performer (as Carly Harrop)
Lee Millham .... stunt driver
Lee Millham .... stunt performer
Gary Powell .... stunt supervisor
David Ware .... stunt performer
Bradley Farmer .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Bond .... camera operator
David Bruce .... generator operator (as Dave Bruce)
Jason Bulley .... focus puller: underwater
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Perry Cullen .... electrician
Chuck Finch .... gaffer
Stephen Finch .... electrician (as Steve Finch)
Guy Frost .... clapper loader
Dan Garlick .... grip: second unit
Amy Gilliam .... clapper loader: second unit
Simon Hume .... focus puller
Sacha Jones .... camera trainee
Simon Lucas .... electrician
Colin Manning .... grip
Keith Manning .... grip
Graham Martyr .... first assistant camera
Graham Martyr .... focus puller: second unit
Richard Merrell .... best boy
Ron Osman .... video engineer
Denis Pollitt .... video playback operator
Bernie Prentice .... gaffer: underwater
Nick Schlesinger .... director of photography: second unit
Gordon Segrove .... clapper loader: second unit (as Gordon Seagrove)
John Sieminski .... video engineer
Mark Silk .... camera operator: underwater
Andy Thomson .... crane operator
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
David Weller .... stand-by rigger
Matt Wesson .... clapper loader: underwater
Michael White .... electrician
Alan Williams .... supervising rigger
Casting Department
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Alex Johnson .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Liam Flavell .... costume assistant
Rebekah Griffiths .... costume assistant
Fiona McCann .... additional costume assistant
Jo Measure .... additional costume assistant
Michael Mooney .... costume supervisor
Julie Nethercote .... additional costume assistant
Marnie Ormiston .... additional costume assistant
Kate Ellen Stroud .... additional costume assistant
Kirsty Wilkinson .... costume assistant
Nicole Young .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Peter Hunt .... color grader
Roger La Prairie .... colorist
Keith Lowes .... assistant editor
Steve Maguire .... first assistant editor
John Nuth .... assistant editor
Martyn Robinson .... assistant editor
Louise Seymour .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Jon Bailey .... assistant scoring engineer
Chris Barrett .... assistant scoring engineer
Joshua Bell .... musician: solo violin
Matt Biffa .... music clearances: Air-Edel Associates
Chris Bolster .... assistant scoring engineer
Marcia Crayford .... concert mistress
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Andrew Glen .... music editor (as Andy Glen)
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Jim Henrikson .... supervising music editor
James Horner .... orchestrator
Randy Kerber .... orchestrator
Randy Kerber .... synthesizer programmer
Tony Lewis .... assistant music editor
Barbara McDermott .... assistant music editor
Julyce Monbleaux .... music supervisor
J.A.C. Redford .... orchestrator
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring mixer
Simon Rhodes .... music scoring recordist
Randy Spendlove .... executive in charge of music
Ian Underwood .... synthesizer programmer
Jonathan Williams .... musician: solo cello
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Brian Agar .... unit driver (as Bryan Agar)
Simon Barker .... unit driver
Gerry Batson .... unit driver
Brian Claydon .... unit driver
Colin Giffin .... unit driver
Alan Hayter .... unit driver
Chas Hewitt .... unit driver
Stuart Holbury .... unit driver
John Hollywood .... unit driver
Brian Scott Jim .... unit driver
Lenny Jones .... unit driver
Alan Lewandowski .... unit driver
Steve Mitchard .... unit driver (as Steven Mitchard)
Vic Newell .... unit driver
David Ott .... unit driver
Johnny Ott .... unit driver
Steve Rogers .... unit driver (as Steven Rogers)
Linton Small .... unit driver
Tom Terry .... unit driver
Dean Tyler .... unit driver
Guy Bostock .... action vehicle coordinator (uncredited)
Ian Clarke .... vehicle technician (uncredited)
Sean Thornton .... picture vehicle technician (uncredited)
Other crew
Paul Almond .... unit publicist
Malcolm Auchincloss .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Joanie Blaikie .... production executive: BBC Films
Chris Blyth .... caterer: Hot Goblins
Jo Blyth .... caterer: Hot Goblins
Alison Brister .... legal services: The Simkins Partnership
Ashlee Burnette .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Abbey Careford .... stand-in: Kate Winslet
Rebecca Chambers .... assistant location manager
Sarah Clark .... unit publicist
Melanie Claus .... production coordinator (as Mel Claus)
Dee Clinton .... stand-in: Judi Dench
Jane Cody .... accounting services
Shaun Crean .... caterer: Hot Goblins
Paul Davis .... representative: Intermedia Films
Cathy Doubleday .... script supervisor
Nick Drake .... representative: Intermedia Films
Thomas Elgood .... location manager (as Tom Elgood)
John Ensby .... laboratory contact
Will Evans .... representative: Intermedia Films
Megan Gerard .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Jane Gibson .... choreographer
Daisy Gili .... production trainee
Antony Gostyn .... legal services: The Simkins Partnership
Ruth Halliday .... script clearance
Jere Hausfater .... representative: Intermedia Films
Jane Hawley .... production executive: BBC Films
Joshua C. Hersko .... assistant: Scott Rudin
Kate Hill .... production trainee
John Hocking .... stand-in: Jim Broadbent
Mel Klaus .... production coordinator
Lars Knudsen .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Maurice Landsberger .... production accountant
Paul Landsberger .... assistant accountant
Jamie Laurenson .... script executive: BBC Films
Emma Leslie .... assistant: Kate Winslet
Susie Lewis .... assistant: Robert Fox
Rhys Maitland-Jones .... sync rushes
Anna Mohr-Pietsch .... production trainee
Adam Morane-Griffiths .... production runner
Leda Nornang .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Charley Parlapanides .... assistant: Mr. Rudin (as Charles Parlapanides)
Scarlett Peart .... unit nurse
Richard Phillips .... accounting services
Robert Regis .... stand-in: Hugh Bonneville
Adam Richards .... location finder
Vicky Riley .... assistant coordinator
Will Rowbotham .... assistant: Mr. Rudin
Will Rowbotham .... production assistant
Tracey Scoffield .... script executive: BBC Films
Jesse Acton Thompson .... production runner
Charlie Waller .... floor runner
Kevin J. Walsh .... executive assistant: Mr. Rudin
Nick Williams .... assistant location manager
Phil Winchester .... caterer: Hoit Goblins
Rebecca Wulff .... production trainee
Tim Haslam .... worldwide sales (uncredited)
Sid Karne .... special thanks

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:AA | Finland:K-11 | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:14 | Iceland:L | Malaysia:18SX | Netherlands:AL | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | Singapore:R(A) (theatrical rating) (cut) | Singapore:PG (video rating) (heavily cut) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Timothy West who plays "Older Maurice" and Samuel West who plays "Young Maurice" are father and son.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Iris and John go to visit Maurice Charlton, a reflection of the camera lighting is seen on the inside of the front door.See more »
Young Iris Murdoch:Yes, of course, there's something fishy about describing people's feelings. You try hard to be accurate, but as soon as you start to define such and such a feeling, language lets you down. It's really a machine for making falsehoods. When we really speak the truth, words are insufficient. Almost everything except things like "pass the gravy" is a lie of a sort. And that being the case, I shall shut up. Oh, and... pass the gravy.See more »
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19 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Incredibly Disappointing, 1 February 2009
Author: alexkolokotronis from Queens, New York

Iris seemed to have all the makings of a great film at the outlook. It is supposed to be of an interesting person and who many consider a genius. The cast seems to amazingly put together and the film is made of a notable director. Yet this film is lacking a lot in many aspects.

Now the acting is the one thing that was not lacking, especially considering the way the rest of the movie went. The performances were the only thing that gave me hope for a fulfilling movie. Especially when it came to that of a prominent couple and a famous well rounded woman. That woman is played by two of the finest actresses; Kate Winslet and Judi Dench play Iris Murdoch at the opposite ends of her life. These casting choices were perfect as well as the choice of Jim Broadbent who plays the role of the older Jim Bayley. These choices are ideal and the film is came some what alive only because of them. They gave depth to their roles were not too much was given and made us feel emotions for characters that didn't come off as too interesting in the film.

Where this film does very much fail is the directing and writing by Ricard Eyre. The pacing of the film is horrible and our view of Iris Murdoch and Jim Bayley is extremely limited. Rather than them coming across as intellectuals, we are simply just told they are that. The story basically surrounds that of Iris Murdoch's battle with Alzheimer's disease and for not really any logical reason the telling of her early life is wasted. If you take Murdoch and Bayley for what they are in the film they come off as desperate and pathetic. Also in the movie their is not enough of a build up towards the end to make us feel anything emotional towards the characters. The film drags on with no climax at all and this movie is only about 90 minutes. This movie was supposed to be a short romance instead of a biopic and that proved to be very costly in a very boring and seemingly pointless film.

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