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Stanley & Iris (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 9 February 1990 (USA)
A struggling widow falls in love with an illiterate short-order cook whom she teaches to read and write in her kitchen each night.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Pat Barker (novel), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Iris King
Robert De Niro ... Stanley Cox
Swoosie Kurtz ... Sharon
Martha Plimpton ... Kelly King
Harley Cross ... Richard King
Jamey Sheridan ... Joe
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Leonides Cox (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Zohra Lampert ... Elaine
Loretta Devine ... Bertha
Julie Garfield Julie Garfield ... Belinda
Karen Ludwig ... Melissa
Kathy Kinney ... Bernice
Laurel Lyle Laurel Lyle ... Muriel
Mary Testa ... Joanne
Katherine Cortez ... Jan
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Storyline

Stanley Cox is an 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. Still grieving eight months after her husband's death, she lives from paycheck to paycheck and raises two children. To make ends meet, she rents out space to her sister and brother-in-law who have financial and marital problems as well. Her daughter seeks escape through the company of boys resulting in an out of wedlock pregnancy, which makes matters worse. However, 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 begin a new chapter of their lives - together. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

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Taglines:

Not all prisons have walls. Not all prisoners wear uniforms. Not all escapes make headlines. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Letters See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,820,015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The full name of source novelist Pat Barker, is "Patricia Mary W. Barker" or "Patricia Mary W. Drake". See more »

Goofs

When Stanley returns from Detroit, his car is shown to have a Michigan license plate on the front of the vehicle. Unlike many states that issue license plates for both the front and rear of the vehicle. Michigan issues plates for the rear of the vehicle only. See more »

Quotes

Iris King: You live at home with your father, you do you own cooking, and you're not married. I that the whole story?
Stanley Cox: I'm think that's about as much as I'm gonna talk about.
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Subtlety & Outstanding Acting
8 September 2004 | by chinasyndromeSee all my reviews

"Stanley & Iris" is a quietly beautiful, poignant and simple film. There's no Bree Daniels or Jimmy Conway to be found here, just two regular people dealing with life's obstacles and finding each other along the way. As one would expect, Jane Fonda and Robert De Niro are wonderful as the title characters (can you think of any two greater actors of the last thirty years?), and the script is quite affecting. If you're looking for explosions, car chases, coarse language or raunchy sex, look elsewhere. "Stanley & Iris" the polar opposite of a huge Hollywood blockbuster, and I love it for that. Pure human emotion is the core of the story. It's all here... grief, hope, shame, fear, but most of all, love. This film will stay with you long after viewing.


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