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Iris (2001)

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Release Date
 USA: Dec 14, 2001
 UK: 18 Jan 2002
DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 20, 2002
 R2: 4 Nov 2002

Budget $5,500,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 31 minutes

Country UK, USA

Studio BBC, Intermedia Films, Mirage Enterprises, Miramax, Scott Rudin Productions

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Other Titles
• Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch (2001)

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Genre: Drama, Biography, Love, True Story, Marriage, Gay/Lesbian

Tagline: Her greatest talent was for life

Plot: Based on the book ELEGY FOR IRIS, by John Bayley, this biopic tells the inspiring and heartbreaking story of the writer's 40-year romance with English novelist Dame Iris Murdoch. The film cuts back and forth between the young Iris and John (played by Kate Winslet and Hugh Bonneville), at the height of their romantic adventures as students at Oxford in the 1950s, and the elderly couple (played by Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent), struggling with Iris' decline, as her brilliant mind is ravaged by the effects of Alzheimer's.

Judi Dench gives an outstanding performance--her transformation from a prolific genius of the written and spoken word (Murdoch wrote 26 novels), to the infantile state of losing her language facilities altogether, is truly wrenching. Jim Broadbent is equally touching as her partner for life, who has adored the passionate Iris since they met, but was never fully able to possess her until the tragic end, when he declares in grief, "I've got you now, and I don't bloody want you!" Directed by Richard Eyre, artistic director of Britain's Royal National Theater, the film is uniquely sensitive and finely acted.

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 Directed by
Richard Eyre
Stage Beauty, King Lear, Notes on a Scandal
 Written by
Richard Eyre
Stage Beauty, King Lear, Notes on a Scandal
Judi Dench
Shakespeare in Love, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day
Jim Broadbent
Moulin Rouge!, Gangs of New York, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Kate Winslet
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland
Hugh Bonneville
Notting Hill, Mansfield Park, Stage Beauty
Penelope Wilton
Match Point, Calendar Girls, Carrington
Eleanor Bron
Wimbledon, A Little Princess, The House of Mirth
Angela Morant
Chicago Joe and the Showgirl, The Lost Stradivarius
 Music By
James Horner
Braveheart, Titanic, Aliens

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