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Even with the Hollywood spin, this movie depicts the true essence of the struggle for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. What surprised me the most was how little I knew about the courageous devotion of these women and why our history books make little or no mention of their extraordinary struggle for us, for so many years. I loved this movie! Every cast member gave an outstanding performance, especially Hillary Swank (Alice Paul) and Frances O'Connor (Lucy Burns). Ms.O'Connor was enthralling! Every woman of voting age should see this movie about our unsung heroines. Then, older teenage daughters(& sons) nieces(& nephews),view it with supervision of some scenes. I wasn't initially drawn to this movie because of the title. I thought it was about WWII fighting airplanes. I'm so glad I tuned in for one of the best enlightening films of the decade. Bravo for HBO!
I think it's hard for most to remember that women have had the right to vote for less then 100 years. If nothing else this movie may help to renew interest in an issue that most like to conveniently forget. Hillary Swank and Frances O' Connor give wonderful performances as Alice Paul and Lucy Burns. And Anjelica Huston is subtle and formidable as Carrie Chapman Catt. And I loved that Inez Millholland was included-she was an important part of the movement and Julia Ormond is fabulous. This movie is beautifully shot and masterfully edited. It also has a modern soundtrack with great remixs by Sarah McLachlan, Mandalay and Lauren Hill. One criticism though-they didn't do a very good job of showing a true representation of the time and effort it took to achieve the 20th amendment. They made it seem like a few women staged a hunger strike and BAM...votes. So many women gave their health, lives and blood for the movement...they deserve more. There are ways to show time progression, they didn't choose to. More time was given over to the relationship between the suffragettes but it is very well done.
The story of the women's suffrage movement in America during the period
1920 moves along crisply, and the acting is of high caliber. This is not
grandmother's civil rights history; it is contemporary, relevant and
funny. These are powerful, intelligent women who launch a quixotic
to win voting rights against the opposition of most men, including President
Wilson, and not a few women. Set against a historical background that includes Prohibition and the outbreak of World War I, the film doesn't shy away from
tough subjects -- the human rights abuses committed against the movement's
leaders are depicted graphically and would not be suitable for young viewers. The 2000 Presidential election was a wake-up call about the need to exercise
our constitutional rights. This film reminds us never to take those rights for granted.
Excellent movie with a few flaws ( music from a different time period, romance that wasn't necessary to the plot). It shows how the fight for the right for women to vote in the USA was a very tough one. People like to talk about "God given rights" but often rights have to won in a "war" by people that are willing to put everything on the line. These brave souls make life better for everybody. It seems obvious that women should have the same right to vote as men, but in the times represented by this film it was only obvious to a few. Hillary Swank and the others in the cast showed the gritty determination that it took to fight for voting rights. Rights aren't given to us. Let's not forget that!
This is an extremely good and entertaining depiction of the suffragette
movement at the turn of the last century. All of the front line actresses
give strong and believable performances, especially Frances O'Connor as
Burns, Molly Parker as Mrs. Leighton, and Brooke Smith as Mable Norman.
Hillary Swank is in the lead and is excellent as Alice Paul. I thought the
cinematography was superb and gave a real sense of the period. the script
does an excellent job of touching on some other collateral issues and
them interesting without distracting from the focal point of the movie,
e.g., the "conflict" between the younger women in the movement and the
established old guard, the attitudes of th esuffragettes towards the men
their lives, and the issues of black women as part of the
My pet peeve about real life historical movies is accuracy in lieu of Hollywood license and this one stays as true to facts as you can ask...the scenes from the women's prison are more than compelling and visually forceful. As opposed to some other reviewers, I had no problem at all with the soundtrack and can't imagine why anyone would let it detract from such a well made, acted, and shot movie, especially when wse get the privilege of seeing women as something other than sirens or ornaments for the male characters.
Whether you are a history buff or not, and regardless of how you feel about the issue of women voting (cough), you'll enjoy this one...watch it on cable or pick it up when you get the chance, it will be a nice addition to your movie collection.
I just viewed this film and was very moved by the story and the
performances. Hillary Swank was excellent as Alice and brought a
believability to the character which the history books cannot convey.
All women should view this film, especially those who choose not to vote. While I have always exercised my right to vote, I did not realize what sacrifices were made so that I would have that right. Viewing this film should be part of American History classes. I don't remember ever reading about this in my history class. What perfect timing to have it air before this very important election.It reminds us that most freedoms that we enjoy are only won after much fierce determination, sacrifice, and overcoming overwhelming odds.
I happened to think this was a great movie based on true events. It
reminded me of how hard our fore-mothers had to work in order to win
the equal vote.
Hilary Swank did a fabulous job of playing the determined Alice Paul and Frances O'Conner was great as her effervescent sidekick Lucy. The only part I thought was unnecessary was the "relationship" between Hilary and Patrick Dempsey. Such a lame attempt at romance in the middle of an already interesting film. Angelica Houston was also a strong force in this movie as the venomous Ms. Catt. I really dug how it was filmed, the scenery, costumes, and the type of music used. I totally enjoyed this movie for its ability to be educational and moving and yet integrate light-hearted vignettes. Of course there is the happy ending that everyone knew was coming! I would recommend this movie to any person interested or curious about woman's sufferage or just wants to watch a great movie. GO VOTE LADIES!!! IT WOULD MAKE THESE WOMEN PROUD!!!
"Iron Jawed Angels" is an HBO historical biopic/docudrama which turns the lens on Swank who delivers a sterling performance as Quaker, suffragist, and women's right activist Alice Paul during her campaign to secure the 19th Constitutional amendment. Director Katja von Garnier, who gave us the wonderfully hip girl-power cult flick "Bandits", takes on the daunting task of delivering an entertaining film about a somewhat dry, esoteric subject and a relatively unknown character (as history goes) and succeeds. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes intense, spritzed with humor and drama, and packed with zingers and maxims, "Iron Jawed Angels" may be a chick flick but no man can deny nor should fail to appreciate the grace and beauty it delivers. (B+)
There may be history somewhere in this made for TV movie, but many of
the facts that you can independently verify are false or misleading. It
appears more to be just a story of how someone wishes to remember the
struggle for women's suffrage.
It is particularly inaccurate with it's drumbeat against the Republicans of the time. The 19th amendment passed against fierce Democratic opposition. The vote in the House where the Republicans controlled 240 vs 192 was 304 for, 89 against. The vote in the Senate was 56(R-36, D-20) for, 25 against (R-8, D-17).
The states that ratified the amendment were virtually all Republican. Almost no Democratic states ratified it.
One of the reasons that Teddy Roosevelt was defeated by Wilson was that TR and his party had adopted Women's Suffrage as a plank. It is also why Republicans steadily took seats in both houses during the battle.
Despite its historical significance, Iron Jawed Angels misses the mark
with its cheesy music, tedious romance plot and by-the-book acting.
Some of the dramatic sequences--such as the egg yolk scene--make this
film worthwhile, but many of the scenes lack the life and vigor that
more experienced actors would easily provide. Huston gives by far the
best performance, followed by Martindale. Swank was decent for the role
of Alice Paul, but in my opinion was miscast. The romance between Paul
and a young man is dull and predictable. Likewise, the opening of the
film is hideously boring, as Paul and her friend playfully joke about
the most frivolous subjects. Probably the worst aspect of this movie
was the music, which resembled today's pop music beats and did not fit
the time period at all, thus detracting from the authenticity of the
film's sets. Although it has moments of good acting and
thought-provoking dialogue, Iron Jawed Angels is weakly-constructed in
many ways and probably not worth your time.
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