Stanley & Iris

Synopsis: Stanley Cox is a shy, 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. But 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Martin Ritt
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Good night, Iris.

Have a good weekend.

Hey, stop him! He's got my purse!

Wait a minute!

Give me my purse, God damn it!

Give me my purse, you little bastard!

Oh, God!

Ow! Ow!


You OK?

Lady! Lady!

Lady, hold it, I'm trying to help you.

Where'd he go?

- Go after him!

- He's in the next state by now.

He's got my pay cheque,

my whole week's pay cheque.

- Are you OK?

- My keys were in there,

my wallet, my credit cards,

my rosary, my kids' pictures.

That little bastard.

Wrong, lady, that was a big bastard.

You were mad to run after him.

Let him have the purse, give it to him.

Give it to him? I'd like to give him

a knee where he lives.

He could have been high. You're lucky.

I don't feel lucky, mister.

- It's only money.

- It's my money.

When it's yours, you can be a philosopher.

Thank you.

You OK?

- Are you all right?

- It's OK.

I see you at work.

You work in the bakery?

I'm in the canteen.

Behind the mashed potatoes.

Nobody ever looks at the cook.

Well, um...


You were really nice

to stick your neck out back there.

You could have gotten hurt.

I didn't.

It's lucky you were on the bus.

I don't usually take the bus

but they stole my bike.


Um... would you take some money

and, I don't know, have a beer on me?

Lady, I don't want your money.

Anyway, you don't have any.

Yes, I do.

I keep a five-dollar bill in my shoe. Here.

- Keep it for the next time.

- There's not gonna be a next time.

I believe you.

- I'm Stanley Cox.

- Iris King.

- Stay out of harm's way, Mrs King.

- I'll try, Mr Cox.

- Good. Good night.

- Good night.

- What did the doctor say?

- They're doing a scrape.

- When?

- Couple of weeks.

- You going to have to stay over?

- Nope.

- In and out.

- What's the matter?

I'm not going to discuss

my plumbing with everyone.

There must have been 500 guys

at the employment office today.

Saw everybody I know.

One guy brought a broom and swept,

just for something to do.

- Can you believe that?

- Bet it wasn't you.

- Did they have anything?

- An opening for a hairdresser.

I didn't do much better.

I can't run a computer or give a pedicure,

and that's all there was,

so we can't pay you anything this week.

I didn't ask.

No, but you're making us count

every roll of toilet paper,

making us use the soap

down to the last sliver.

I wouldn't be here if I didn't have to be.

I'd be in my own house,

with my own Drexel furniture

and air conditioning.

We're in the same lifeboat, Sharon.

Don't rock it.

Where did you get the money for beer?

I'm asking you! Where did you get

the money for beer?

You stole my money!

All right, I've been holding out on you.

I've been saving to get my teeth fixed.

I'm not getting my face lifted

to go to Hollywood.

And he stole it!

You had my pay cheque when I had one.

I needed a drink.

You took the money for my teeth,

you bastard!

I'm not a piece of garbage. I'm a man.

You bastard! You bastard!


Out. Out, kids. Walk around the block.

Well, this is a first for this house.

How long will we have to stay out here?

I don't know. Till they cool off, I guess.

I cleaned up the kitchen.

I cleaned up my sister.

You should have called the cops on me.

I couldn't have made your bail.

We fight a hell of a lot, Sharon and me.

We started at City Hall and never quit.

Why'd you marry her?

She was cute.

None of us stay cute.

You and George had a hell of a marriage.

He wasn't even a good-Iooking guy.

Yes, he was.

- He didn't make a big living.

- He made enough.

But the guy was dying.

You slept on the floor by his bed.

You washed him, cleaned up his mess,

you held him up on the toilet.

Maybe I married the wrong sister.

Go to bed, Joe.

I bought a bunch of condoms yesterday.

From now on,

nobody is getting in without one.

Well, you got rush-hour traffic.

I've got nobody to give one to.

I can fix you up with somebody.

But he's a little older.

- How old?

- He fought in Worid War 2.

That's too old.

Give me Korea, give me Vietnam.

How about the National Guard?

I just want to get pregnant and get out.

You'll be back. It takes two incomes.

Where's your husband, Bertha?

Doing time, just like me.

- Are they ready?

- Uh...


I stretched them as far as they'd go.

Try them on.

- They're still too tight.

- Cheap shoes.

Actually, maybe they are a little better.

- Oh, hi.

- Hello.


- Hello.

- Hi.

- Brown brogues.

- Got a ticket?

You didn't give me a ticket.

No. We don't take shoes

without giving tickets.

- You didn't give me one.

- Everybody gets a ticket.

- I didn't.

- You lost it.

- No, I didn't get a ticket.

- Everybody gets a ticket.

I didn't get a ticket.

You said it cost two dollars.

Here's the two dollars.

Everybody gets a ticket.

Mister, I'm gonna describe

the shoes to you, OK?

They're brown brogues.

They're right behind you.

Well, if you don't got a ticket,

you gotta sign for them.

Just give me the shoes.

- Put your name down.

- Just give me the shoes.

- Write your name down.

- Just hand them to me.

Put your signature down...

That guy's crazy.

He wanted his shoes, and he paid for 'em.

Hey! We've been waiting 15 minutes!

- Do you believe that?

- Might as well walk.

You can't even get a bus!

- What kind of service is that?

- I've been on my feet all day.

- Bus out again?

- Yeah. Third time this week.

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Harriet Frank Jr.

Harriet Frank Jr. (born March 2, 1917) is an American film writer and producer. Working alongside her husband, Irving Ravetch, Frank received numerous awards during her lengthy career, including the New York Film Critics Circle Awards and the Writers Guild of America Award, and several nominations. Frank began her writing career after World War II, under Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's young writer's training program, where she first met her future husband. She married Ravetch in 1946 but worked independently for ten years, finally collaborating with him in 1957, a relationship that continued for the remainder of her career. During 33 years of collaboration, they created the screenplays for a variety of films, mainly adaptations of the works of American authors. Frank and Ravetch maintained a close working relationship with director Martin Ritt throughout their career, collaborating with him on eight occasions; after initially being suggested by Ravetch to direct The Long, Hot Summer (1958), Ritt would eventually draw the couple out of inactivity on three occasions, hiring them to write the screenplays for Norma Rae (1979), Murphy's Romance (1985) and Stanley & Iris (1990). The latter was both the last film directed by Ritt (who died later that year) and the last for which Frank and Ravetch wrote the screenplay. Frank is one of the "leading characters" in the 2017 memoir The Mighty Franks: A Memoir, written by her nephew Michael Frank, an essayist and short-story writer; the book was critically acclaimed by many international publications. more…

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