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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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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 31 nominations.
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Young Iris Murdoch
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Young John Bayley
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Iris Murdoch
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John Bayley
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Janet Stone
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Check-Out Girl
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Young Janet Stone
Joan Bakewell ...
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BBC PA
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Dr. Gudgeon
Tom Mannion ...
Neurologist
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Postman
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Young Maurice (as Sam West)
Saira Todd ...
Phillida Stone
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Emma Stone
Charlotte Arkwright ...
Young Phillida Stone
Harriet Arkwright ...
Young Emma Stone
Matilda Allsopp ...
Little Stone
Steve Edis ...
Pianist
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Policewoman
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Older Maurice
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Taxi Driver
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Maureen (as Pauline McGlynn)
Gabrielle Reidy ...
Tricia
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
David Blunkett ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Psychoanalyst (uncredited)
Christy Ring ...
Clerk (uncredited)
Gareth Taplin ...
Man on bike / dancer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Eyre

Written by

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John Bayley ... (books "Iris: A Memoir" and "Elegy for Iris")
 
Richard Eyre ... (screenplay) &
Charles Wood ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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Roger Pratt ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Martin Walsh

Editorial Department

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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

Casting By

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Celestia Fox

Production Design by

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Gemma Jackson

Art Direction by

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David Warren

Set Decoration by

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Trisha Edwards

Costume Design by

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Ruth Myers

Makeup Department

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Kate Benton ... hair stylist assistant / makeup artist assistant
Jayne Buxton ... hair stylist assistant / makeup artist assistant
Julie Dartnell ... hair stylist assistant / makeup artist assistant
Antonia Kruger ... hair stylist assistant / makeup artist assistant
Lesley Smith ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Gillian Thomas ... hair stylist assistant (as Gill Thomas) / makeup artist (as Gill Thomas)
Jane Walker ... hair stylist assistant / makeup artist assistant
Lisa Westcott ... hair designer / makeup designer

Production Management

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Stephen Barker ... post-production supervisor
Tim Porter ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Martin Harrison ... first assistant director
Finn McGrath ... second assistant director
Chris Stoaling ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Tom Bohan ... construction coordinator
Peter Brown ... Assistant construction manager
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

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Jon Bailey ... assistant sound engineer
Chris Barrett ... assistant sound engineer
Chris Bolster ... assistant sound engineer
Paula Boram ... foley artist
Anthony Cleal ... re-recording mixer
Felicity Cottrell ... foley artist
Gillian Dodders ... adr editor / 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 ... re-recording mixer
Tom Sayers ... sound editor
Mark Sheffield ... re-recording mixer
Kevin Tayler ... adr mixer / foley mixer
Andrew Caller ... foley assistant (uncredited)

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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)

Stunts

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Carly Harrup ... stunt performer (as Carly Harrop)
Lee Millham ... stunt driver / stunt performer
Gary Powell ... stunt supervisor
David Ware ... stunt performer
Bradley Farmer ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Paul Bond ... camera operator
David Bruce ... generator operator (as Dave Bruce)
Jason Bulley ... focus puller: underwater
Barry Clack ... still photographer
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 / 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

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Louis Elman ... adr voice casting
Alex Johnson ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Liam Flavell ... costume assistant
Rebekah Griffiths ... costume assistant
Fiona McCann ... additional costume assistant
Jo Measure ... additional costume assistant
Michael Mooney ... costume supervisor
Julie Nethercoat ... additional costume assistant (as Julie Nethercote)
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

Location Management

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Rebecca Chambers ... assistant location manager
Thomas Elgood ... location manager (as Tom Elgood)
Adam Richards ... location finder
Nick Williams ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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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 / 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 / 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

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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

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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
Sarah Clark ... unit publicist
Dee Clinton ... stand-in: Judi Dench
Jane Cody ... accounting services
Mel Claus Crawford ... production coordinator (as Mel Claus)
Shaun Crean ... caterer: Hot Goblins
Paul Davis ... representative: Intermedia Films
Cathy Doubleday ... script supervisor
Nick Drake ... representative: Intermedia Films
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
Luke Randolph ... completion guarantor: for International Film Guarantors
Robert Regis ... stand-in: Hugh Bonneville
Vicky Riley ... assistant coordinator
Will Rowbotham ... assistant: Mr. Rudin / production assistant
Tracey Scoffield ... script executive: BBC Films
Narges Takesh ... story editor
Jesse Acton Thompson ... production runner
Charlie Waller ... floor runner
Kevin J. Walsh ... executive assistant: Mr. Rudin
Phil Winchester ... caterer: Hoit Goblins
Rebecca Wulff ... production trainee
Tim Haslam ... worldwide sales (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Her greatest talent was for life See more »
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Also Known As
  • Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch (United States)
  • Айрис (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Iris V'John (Israel, Hebrew title)
  • Iris - Egy csodálatos női elme (Hungary)
  • Iris - Un amore vero (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 91 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP378,749, 20 Jan 2002

Did You Know?

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Trivia Only the second film (after Titanic (1997)) to have two actors nominated for an Academy Award for playing the same role in the same movie. In both films Kate Winslet played the younger version in the dual-nominee role. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in A Look at Iris (2001). See more »
Soundtracks The Lark in the Clear Air See more »
Quotes Iris Murdoch: Education doesn't make you happy. And what is freedom? We don't become happy just because we are free, if we are. Or because we have been educated, if we have. But because education may be the means by which we realize we are happy. It opens our eyes, our ears. Tells use where delights are lurking. Convinces us that there is only one freedom of any importance whatsoever: that of the mind. And give us the assurance, the confidence, to walk the path our mind, our educated mind, offers.
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