6.3/10
6,566
44 user 14 critic

Stanley & Iris (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 9 February 1990 (USA)
A struggling widow falls in love with an illiterate short-order cook whom she teaches to read and write in her kitchen each night.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Pat Barker (novel), Harriet Frank Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Jacknife (1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister, with whom he lives, when she becomes romantically involved with the Army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones
Stars: Robert De Niro, Kathy Baker, Ed Harris
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The story about a cheating and incompetent lawyer (Harry Fabian) who suddenly gets obsessed on becoming a boxing promoter.

Director: Irwin Winkler
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Cliff Gorman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

David Merrill (Robert De Niro), a fictitious 1950s Hollywood Director, returns from filming abroad in France to find that his loyalty has been called into question by the House Committee on... See full summary »

Director: Irwin Winkler
Stars: Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, George Wendt
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives, when they recognize each other months later in the train ... See full summary »

Director: Ulu Grosbard
Stars: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel
Mistress (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A comedy about a screenwriter (Robert Wuhl), whose old movie script is read by a producer (Martin Landau) and the search for financial backers begins. But it seems that each money source (... See full summary »

Director: Barry Primus
Stars: Robert Wuhl, Martin Landau, Vasek Simek
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two escaped cons only prayer to escape is to pass themselves off as priests and pass by the police blockade at the border into the safety of Canada.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Demi Moore
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical Los Angeles homicide detective who is investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute.

Director: Ulu Grosbard
Stars: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After his life is saved by a lonely cop, a mobster who moonlights as a stand-up comedian provides the cop with a beautiful young companion.

Director: John McNaughton
Stars: Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Bill Murray
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Vincent Lamarca, whose father was executed for a 1950s kidnapping of a child, grew up to become a police officer, only to see his own son become a murder suspect.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: Robert De Niro, James Franco, Frances McDormand
Flawless (1999)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons, with the drag queen next door.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season.

Director: John D. Hancock
Stars: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Iris King
Robert De Niro ... Stanley Cox
Swoosie Kurtz ... Sharon
Martha Plimpton ... Kelly King
Harley Cross ... Richard King
Jamey Sheridan ... Joe
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Leonides Cox (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Zohra Lampert ... Elaine
Loretta Devine ... Bertha
Julie Garfield Julie Garfield ... Belinda
Karen Ludwig ... Melissa
Kathy Kinney ... Bernice
Laurel Lyle Laurel Lyle ... Muriel
Mary Testa ... Joanne
Katherine Cortez ... Jan
Edit

Storyline

Stanley Cox is an illiterate short-order cook who has never taken a chance at love. Iris King is a newly widowed factory worker who has vowed never to love again. Still grieving eight months after her husband's death, she lives from paycheck to paycheck and raises two children. To make ends meet, she rents out space to her sister and brother-in-law who have financial and marital problems as well. Her daughter seeks escape through the company of boys resulting in an out of wedlock pregnancy, which makes matters worse. However, as their friendship slowly blossoms and Iris helps Stanley learn to read, his strong yet gentle kindness helps mend her broken heart. And where two lonely strangers stood trapped within the past, Stanley and Iris can now begin a new chapter of their lives - together. Written by MGM/UA Home Video

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Two ordinary people. One extraordinary love story. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Letters See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,102,831, 11 February 1990

Gross USA:

$5,820,015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,820,015
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Australian DVD sleeve notes declare that the picture is "from the creators of Norma Rae (1979)". See more »

Goofs

In the map-reading exercise, several of the street signs visibly have stickers pasted on them to change the (Toronto) street names. See more »

Quotes

Iris King: You live at home with your father, you do you own cooking, and you're not married. I that the whole story?
Stanley Cox: I'm think that's about as much as I'm gonna talk about.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Biography: The Fondas (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
rather undramatic
1 February 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Iris King (Jane Fonda) is recently widowed and working at the bakery factory. Money is tight. Her purse is stolen and Stanley Cox (Robert De Niro) helps her. He's an illiterate cook at the factory canteen. She has two kids Kelly (Martha Plimpton) and Richard. Her unemployed sister Sharon (Swoosie Kurtz) and her no-good husband Joe (Jamey Sheridan) are staying with her. Kelly reveals that she's pregnant. Iris and Stanley start hanging out together and she finds out his secret. She lets the cat out of the bag to his boss and he's fired. He's left with menial work and forced to leave his father in an old-age home. When his father dies, he can't even spell the name for the death certificate. He asks her to teach him how to read.

The story has a lot of tough things going on for these poor people. The problem is that it's done with little drama. Both Fonda and De Niro are going low key with their performances. The romance is a slow boil. The movie doesn't hit big points hard or stay with them. The first big move is Joe hitting Sharon. Yet there is little follow up with them. Kelly is pregnant but that's another side trip. The most compelling part of the movie is the illiteracy but I'm not impressed with them transitioning to a romance. The acting is solid but it's all done without much tension or drama.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 44 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed