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Iron Jawed Angels (2004)

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Defiant young activists take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote.

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Katja von Garnier

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Jennifer Friedes (story), Sally Robinson (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Alice Paul
Margo Martindale ... Harriot Blatch
Anjelica Huston ... Carrie Chapman Catt
Frances O'Connor ... Lucy Burns
Lois Smith ... Anna Shaw
Vera Farmiga ... Ruza Wenclawska
Brooke Smith ... Mabel Vernon
Adilah Barnes ... Ida Wells-Barnett
Laura Fraser ... Doris Stevens
Semen Hirzhner Semen Hirzhner ... Russian Mover
Jeremy Nichols Jeremy Nichols ... Russian Mover's Son
Donna York Dunn Donna York Dunn ... Woman on Street
Kristina Vensko Kristina Vensko ... Young Jenny Leighton
Molly Parker ... Emily Leighton
Lois Sanders Lois Sanders ... Nancy Barkin
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Alice Paul and the women of the 1917 Women's Suffrage movement fight for future generations right to vote and run for office. Sacrificing their health, marriages and the limited amount of freedom they had, women were imprisoned and force fed after picketing and hunger-striking against war-time president, Woodrow Wilson; but survived to see the results of their efforts. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Votes for women. See more »


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Trivia

For the hunger strike scenes Hilary Swank chose to eat very little and shed several pounds. See more »

Goofs

Inez Milholland's funeral in reality was quite large. It was held in Statuary Hall in the US Capitol on Christmas Day 1916. Alice Paul carried the banner Inez had carried during the suffrage parade and the women of the NWP drafted petitions to President Wilson regarding the suffrage amendment. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Burns: Don't you ever want to get married?
Alice Paul: I'm busy that day.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »

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Picket In Bad Weather
Written and Performed by Jasmin Tabatabai and Tico Zamora
Courtesy of Chet Records
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Very Good....
15 March 2004 | by kti_dayneSee all my reviews

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 Lucy 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 makes 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 in their lives, and the issues of black women as part of the movement.

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.


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Language:

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Release Date:

15 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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