Stanley & Iris (1990)



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This bittersweet romance follows the relationship between a middle-aged couple whose meet when the recently widowed and still-grieving woman (Jane Fonda) offers to teach a lonely co-worker (Robert De Niro) how to read.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Drama , Romance
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MGM Home Entertainment

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Jane Fonda
as Iris Estelle King
Robert De Niro
as Stanley Everett Cox
Swoosie Kurtz
as Sharon
Martha Plimpton
as Kelly King
Harley Cross
as Richard King
Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
as Leonides Cox
Zohra Lampert
as Elaine
Bob Aaron
as Bakery Foreman
Julie Garfield
as Belinda
Karen Ludwig
as Melissa
Kathy Kinney
as Bernice
Laurel Lyle
as Muriel
Mary Testa
as Joanne
Stephen Root
as Mr. Hentley
Eddie Jones
as Mr. Hagen
Fred J. Scollay
as Mr. Delancey
Dortha Duckworth
as Librarian
Jack Gill
as The Pursesnatcher
Bob Aarron
as Bakery Foreman
Gordon Masten
as Oscar Roebuck
Richard Blackburn
as Park Ranger
B.J. Reed
as Nurse
Conrad Bergschneider
as Apple Picker Foreman
Guy Sanvido
as Man in Car
Paul Horruzey
as Street Kid
Michael Blackburn
as Street Kid
Gerry Quigley
as Bellhop
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Critic Reviews for Stanley & Iris

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

The elements are in place but they don't add up to great drama in this well-meant effort to personalize the plight of illiterate people.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Top Critic

The ending, despite good intentions, is American cinema at its tackiest and most hollow.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's as honest and direct and entertaining as the considerable talents of everyone involved can make it.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Here, in a movie less animated than a barrel of tree sloths, Ritt encourages stale performances and a pace as dull as more tree sloths.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

McAlpine may be the movie's smartest contributor. He alone seems to realize that this pedantic project will soon be graduating into home-video or classroom use.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

While some of the sloppy filmmaking can be forgiven, the film's core message cannot.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Stanley & Iris

This movie fucking sucks for a lot of reasons, 1 i dont care about any of the characters since none of them are likable 2 you can tell the director run out of ideas while filming this movie because sometimes it just shows a random scene with Iris walking in a forest 3 the dialog is bad 4 Its just fucking boring. Just dont watch this boring movie.

Valiant Beckers
Valiant Beckers

If you need 90 minutes of a feel-good movie, this one is the one for you.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Very good movie with De Niro & Fonda :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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