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Stanley & Iris [VHS]

4.3 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews


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  • Actors: Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Swoosie Kurtz, Martha Plimpton, Harley Cross
  • Directors: Martin Ritt
  • Writers: Harriet Frank Jr., Irving Ravetch, Pat Barker
  • Producers: Alex Winitsky, Arlene Sellers, Jim Van Wyck, Patrick J. Palmer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
  • VHS Release Date: June 30, 1993
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630197669X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,038 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A romantic comedy that tackles a serious problem affecting one out of every five American adults: illiteracy. Two blue-collar workers trapped in their own private prisons. For Stanley Cox, is is his inability to read or write that has plagued him his entire life. For Iris King, it is the sudden loss of her husband that has paralyzed her emotions. Together, they help each other to learn, live and, ultimately, love again. This important story will make you laugh, make you cry, and remind you that, as Stanley puts it, "anything is possible".

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Format: VHS Tape
I have to admit I have a thing for Jane Fonda and her blue eyes and endless different facial expressions. Her acting in this movie was no disappointment. I'm not the world's biggest fan of Robert DeNiro like the rest of the world but his acting was also very good. I actually related to both characters. I can forgive some weaknesses in script and editing in a movie like this. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a break from the movies about rich, extroardinary people doing unbelievable things. What a nice concept that two shy, no-longer-twenty-something ordinary people can help each other conquer their fears and weaknesses in an honest relationship. While most movies portray the guy getting the girl with relative ease, Stanley has to struggle.
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By A Customer on November 30, 2003
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I love this movie. In a world where movies consist mostly of horny school kids and people who only believe in multiple sex partners and drive by shootings, this movie is such a refreshing change. It concentrates on normal people just trying to make lives for themselves. This is a movie that probably most of middle America can relate to on some level. Jane Fonda is beautiful, and Robert DeNiro is so sweet and endearing. Yeah, it's a chick flick...you got a problem with that?
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Maybe you've forgotten that Robert DeNiro was once considered America's best actor. Maybe his constant involvement these days in lousy projects (Showtime, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Hide and Seek, et al) has diminished his reputation? Well, Stanley & Iris is a terrific place to go to see him at his guarded, emotionally tight best.
This is a middle-aged love story, about two people whose lives have been difficult, and who need each other more than they know.
While the direction and story are somewhat weak, the characters of Stanley and Iris and DeNiro and Fonda's performances make the film.
Here you will find excellent acting, genuine vulnerability and and angle of repose and beauty.
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Personally, I found this movie to be true to life. Robert DeNiro's performance was outstanding, as was Jane Fonda's. Some of us have been vulnerable like these 2 people and reached out to someone else for help. The message about illiteracy was a good one, as well. Some people do "fall through the cracks" as children due to family circumstances; their education is woefully inadequate. This is a movie I watch when I want a low-key story that is heartwarming, and hopeful. In today's hectic, rushed world, this type of story is a blessing.
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This is a very uplifting story that proves it's never too late! De Niro and Fonda are believable as the two co-workers who help each other and fall in love. This is a well acted well, written story with a lot of heart.
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Like your sentimental flicks fudge-free? Rent this one pronto, if only for the numbing serenity of a tamed De Niro and a button-down Jane Fonda. No big-budget romantic histrionics here. Neither of them particularly original in how they approach their characters: Fonda a plucky, quietly sensible working mother in the face of hardships, De Niro a man who works in a cafeteria kitchen and cleans lavatories. But originality is not really what's needed in this simple film about simple people and their loves beneath the stars. It is easy to see why films like this get glossed over come Oscar time, but it's unfair. All characters have their particular voices and seem refreshingly authentic. So, to a surprising degree, does the movie. Don't read too much of the plot, it should make for an excellent rental for a leisurely afternoon.
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By A Customer on October 21, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
If you've had enough of invincible heroes and and fearless characters that look their enemy in the eye and with a stupid smirk say "hasta la vista ..baby!", then it's time for a movie like this one. Where the biggest enemy is our own fear. DeNiro and Fonda are great and so is the movie. Don't miss it.
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I have watched this movie many times and each time I come away with a renewed sense of hope. We all have something in our lives to overcome and that is what this movie is about, overcoming obstacles, especially those that bring our lives to a halt and keep us in our own prisons. In fact, the most descriptive line comes from Stanley (Deniro) when Iris (Jane Fonda) remarks to him how impressed she is with his construction of a bread cooler, despite his illiteracy. In a paraphrase, his reply is that some men do crossword puzzles, others write books. This hobby is what's kept him busy in his "prison." Each of us has our own prison, whether it be due to health problems or other limitations. What we choose to do within them can determine the quality of our lives. The union of Iris and Stanley builds hope in each of their lives. Watch it and be blessed.
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