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Stanley & Iris Details


In this socially conscious drama with romantic overtones, Iris (Jane Fonda) is a working mother with a job at a large commercial bakery who is still getting over the death of her husband, though her circumstances don't give her much time to grieve. She's sharing her house with her two children, Kelly (Martha Plimpton) and Richard (Harley Cross); her unemployed sister, Sharon (Swoosie Kurtz); and her thuggish brother-in-law. The tensions at home become even greater when the teenaged Kelly announces that she's pregnant. One of the few bright spots in Iris' life is her blossoming friendship with Stanley (Robert De Niro), a nice guy who works in the bakery's cafeteria. However, Iris starts noticing a few odd things about Stanley and it slowly dawns on her that he can't read. When the boss figures this out, Stanley loses his job -- an especially troubling development, as Stanley has just had to put his father in a retirement home. Homeless and out of work, Stanley turns to Iris with a special request -- he'd like her to teach him how to read. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 9, 1990


Jane Fonda
as Iris King
Robert De Niro
as Stanley Everett Cox
Swoosie Kurtz
as Sharon
Martha Plimpton
as Kelly King
Harley Cross
as Richard King
Jamey Sheridan
as Joe
Feodor Chaliapin, Jr.
as Leonides Cox
Zohra Lampert
as Elaine
Dortha Duckworth
as Librarian
Eddie Jones
as Mr. Hagen
Loretta Devine
as Bertha
Mary Testa
as Joanne
Gerry Quigley
as Bellhop
Bob Aaron
as Bakery Foreman
Katherine Cortez
as Jan
Gordon Masten
as Oscar Roebuck
Richard Blackburn
as Park Ranger
Kathy Kinney
as Bernice
Laurel Lyle
as Muriel
Michael Blackburn
as Kid
Karen Ludwig
as Melissa
Paul Horruzey
as Kid
Fred J. Scollay
as Mr. Delancey
Stephen Root
as Mr. Hershey
Julie Garfield
as Belinda
Jack Gill
as Pursenatcher
Guy Sanvido
as Man in Car
Conrad Bergschneider
as Apple Picker Foreman


Martin Ritt
Harriet Frank, Jr.
Irving Ravetch
Donald M. McAlpine
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Sid Levin
Joel Schiller
Production Designer
Alicia Keywan
Art Director
Arlene Sellers
Alex Winitsky
Jim Van Wyck
Associate Producer
Patrick Palmer
Executive Producer
Steve Shewchuk
Set Designer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
Neil Trifunovich
Special Effects
Jack Gill
Michael MacDonald
Production Manager
Mickey Scott
Suzanne Benoit