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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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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)

Christy Ring ... Clerk (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
Tom Martin .... construction coordinator
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
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Timothy West who plays "Older Maurice" and Samuel West who plays "Young Maurice" are father and son.See more »
Boom mic visible: When John gets his coat caught against the chair at the pub, a boom mic can be seen in the mirror behind him.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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38 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A Life in Love, 15 March 2004
Author: xavrush89 from Illinois, U.S.A.

This film succeeds where the overrated "A Beautiful Mind" fell short. It puts its subject's life into perspective and gives a sense of her worldview and, needs, and desires--as opposed to just focusing on the illness. I think it is also more effective in its use of different actors to portray the main characters at different ages, rather than using distracting age makeup, like in ABM. I came away from this with a profound admiration for Iris Murdock, whereas I felt like I hardly got to know John Nash at all.

But enough with the comparisons. This film stands well on its own as a tribute to the companionship shared by Iris and her husband John Bayley throughout their long, complex, relationship. Broadbent deserved that Academy Award, although I would say he plays more of a lead character than supporting. Seeing Iris through Bayley's loving eyes is what makes the film an enriching experience. He is the one who must adapt to her unconventional lifestyle, and their journey together is a rewarding one.

One person who commented stated that this was "another disease movie." Funny how you never hear a complaints about "another gangster movie" or "another romantic comedy" or "another suspense thriller." SO WHAT? First of all, it is not a disease movie, it is at its heart a romance, and a "meaning of life" film, much moreso than a film about Alzheimer's disease. Secondly, the disease is the device used to illustrate their level of understanding and commitment to each other. And finally, I cannot imagine telling Murdock's story WITHOUT giving the disease its proper weight in the course of the film.

The scenes when the characters are younger are blended seamlessly with the latter day scenes. Kate Winslet and Hugh Bonneville (uncannily resembling a young Broadbent) are very true to their older counterparts' personalities, and add yet another dimension to film. All in all, this is a production of which director Richard Eyre and cast (and Bayley, who wrote the book on which the film is based) should be extremely proud. It should have been seen by more people in 2001. Grade: A

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