Iris


1h 30m 2001

Brief Synopsis

Iris Murdoch, Professor of Philosophy and celebrated author and her husband, Professor of Literature John Bayley, are guests-of-honour at a banquet at Somerville College. Iris Murdoch gives a brilliantly witty speech and finishes with an Irish folk song, "The Lark in the Clear Air". As she begins to

Film Details

Also Known As
Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch, Recuerdos inborrables
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Biography
Drama
Romance
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
Suffolk, England, United Kingdom; Oxford, England, United Kingdom; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

Iris Murdoch, Professor of Philosophy and celebrated author and her husband, Professor of Literature John Bayley, are guests-of-honour at a banquet at Somerville College. Iris Murdoch gives a brilliantly witty speech and finishes with an Irish folk song, "The Lark in the Clear Air". As she begins to sing, John Bayley's thoughts wander back to the evening when Iris was first introduced to him at a dinner and he was so taken with her that he choked on his wine. Even back then, she always had a ready wit. Over the next few weeks, John is often reminded of the past, because of Iris' health, which is beginning to worry him. A medical examination reveals that Iris Murdoch is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Iris' condition worsens and before long, she doesn't even recognise John any more. Although her illness is sometimes too much of a strain, even for John, the memory of their powerful love for each other nevertheless remains unforgettable.

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Jon Bailey

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Simon Barker

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Stephen Barker

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Chris Barrett

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Gerry Batson

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John Bayley

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Executive Producer

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Ron Osman

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John Ott

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Scarlett Peart

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Sydney Pollack

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Den Pollitt

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Tim Porter

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Tim Porter

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Gary Powell

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Roger Pratt

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Bernie Prentice

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Robert Regis

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Brian Scott

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Mark Sheffield

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David M. Thompson

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Andy Thomson

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Jane Walker

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Charles Waller

Office Runner

Kevin Walsh

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Martin Walsh

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David Ware

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David Warren

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Howard Weaver

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Harvey Weinstein

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Kenneth Welland

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David Weller

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Alan Williams

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Screenplay

Kevin Woodhouse

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Rebecca Wulff

Apprentice

Film Details

Also Known As
Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch, Recuerdos inborrables
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Biography
Drama
Romance
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
Suffolk, England, United Kingdom; Oxford, England, United Kingdom; London, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Award Wins

Best Supporting Actor

2001
Jim Broadbent

Best Supporting Actor

2002
Jim Broadbent

Award Nominations

Best Actress

2001
Judi Dench

Best Supporting Actress

2001
Kate Winslet

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for two 2001 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, including Best Actress (Judi Dench) and Best Supporting Actor (Jim Broadbent).

Winner of the 2001 award for Best Supporting Actor (Jim Broadbent) from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

Winner of two 2001 awards, including Best Supporting Actor (Jim Broadbent) and Best Supporting Actress (Kate Winslet), from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Expanded Release in United States February 15, 2002

Released in United States February 2002

Released in United States Winter December 14, 2001

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 6-17, 2002.

This project was formerly in turnaround at Paramount and Columbia.

Began shooting April 1, 2001.

Released in United States February 2002 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (in competition) February 6-17, 2002.)

Expanded Release in United States February 15, 2002

Released in United States Winter December 14, 2001