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Iris (2001)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Young Iris Murdoch
... Young John Bayley
... Iris Murdoch
... John Bayley
... Principal
... Hostess
... Janet Stone
Siobhan Hayes ... Check-Out Girl
... Young Janet Stone
Joan Bakewell ... BBC Presenter
... BBC PA
... Dr. Gudgeon
Tom Mannion ... Neurologist
... Postman
... Young Maurice (as Sam West)
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Iris, based on the life of revered British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch, is a story of unlikely yet enduring love. As a young academic, teaching philosophy at Oxford, Murdoch meets and eventually falls in love with fellow professor John Bayley, a man whose awkwardness seems in stark opposition to the spirited self-confidence of his future wife. The story unfolds as snippets of time, seen through Bayley's eyes. He recalls their first encounter over 40 years ago, activities they enjoyed doing together, and Iris' charismatic and individualistic personality. These images portray Murdoch as a vibrant young woman with great intellect and are contrasted with the novelist's later life, after the effects of Alzheimer's disease have ravaged her. Murdoch's great mind deteriorates until she is reduced to a mere vestige of her former self, unable to perform simple tasks and completely reliant on her at times frustrated yet devoted husband. Written by kem

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Her greatest talent was for life


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29 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch  »

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Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,144, 16 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,292,119, 9 August 2015
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Kate Winslet's Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year. See more »

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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 »

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Young Iris Murdoch: [to John] You know more about me than anyone. You are my world.
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Words & Music by Jimmy Kennedy
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Beautifully told but incomplete
22 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Iris" tells of British novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband as they struggle together with her Alzheimer's affliction. The couple is portrayed in youth by Winslet and Bonneville and in old age by Dench and Broadbent with all delivering sterling performances. The plaintive and wistful story is told through interleaving scenes of the older couple's struggle with moments from the younger couple's life. As far as it goes, the film is an excellent product. What it doesn't deliver, however, is a deep sense of Murdoch, her philosophies and complexities of thought thereby giving greater depth to the character and a sense of the significance of what she is losing. In short, the film dwells too much on the disease and too little on the woman. Recommended for more mature viewers (B+)


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