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Iron Jawed Angels (2003)



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German filmmaker Katja von Garnier directs the HBO original movie Iron Jawed Angels, inspired by a pivotal chapter in American history. Hilary Swank plays Alice Paul, an American feminist who risked her life to fight for women's citizenship and the right to vote. She founded the separatist National Woman's Party and wrote the first equal rights amendment to be presented before Congress. Together with social reformer Lucy Burns (Frances O'Connor), Paul struggled against conservative forces in order to pass the 19th amendment to the Constitution of the United States. One of their first actions was a parade on President Woodrow Wilson's (Bob Gunton) inauguration day. The suffragettes also encountered opposition from the old guard of the National American Women's Suffrage Association, Carrie Chapman Catt (Anjelica Huston). The activists get arrested and go on a well-publicized hunger strike, where their refusal to eat earns them the title of "the iron-jawed angels." Iron Jawed Angels was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 before its television premiere on HBO.


Hilary Swank
as Alice Paul
Anjelica Huston
as Carrie Chapman Catt
Patrick Dempsey
as Ben Weissman
Molly Parker
as Emily Leighton
Joseph Adams
as Sen. Leighton
Laura Fraser
as Doris Stevens
Vera Farmiga
as Ruza Wenclawska
Lois Smith
as Anna Howard Shaw
Brooke Smith
as Mabel Vernon
Margo Martindale
as Harriot Blatch
Kristina Vensko
as Jenny Leighton
Adilah Barnes
as Ida Wells-Barnett
Bob Gunton
as President Woodrow Wilson
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Critic Reviews for Iron Jawed Angels

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Iron Jawed Angels relies on a disappointingly conventional script, one that delivers stock characters who have no dimensionality, and simplistic plot abbreviations that you'd find in a high school textbook.

November 10, 2020 | Full Review…

The film celebrates freethinkers who made huge personal sacrifices to wage a critical battle for human rights, yet it does so by bowing to commercial orthodoxies and the meekest modern notions of womanhood.

November 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Gussied up with a comically anachronistic use of period music on the soundtrack and flashy, MTV-style montage sequences, pic misguidedly strives - but ultimately fails -- to belie its instincts as an assembly-line movie-of-the-week.

November 10, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a reminder that feminism is first of all about human rights.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Iron Jawed Angels is an important history lesson told in a fresh, and blazing fashion.

February 17, 2004

It's good to be reminded in an election year how hard and long women fought to win the vote.

November 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Iron Jawed Angels

Interesting, but its style is too muddy.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Strong, powerful story, it blew me away. I think it's a must see for everyone. I already know the answer to this question but why don't we learn about THIS in history class? I feel like I had no idea the depths of the struggles of the woman's suffrage movement until I saw this movie.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer

This is a really well-made film about the fight for suffrage in the U.S. with fine acting by a great cast, and nice direction to boot. The soundtrack iis anachronistic, but it works well, so I have no problem with it, even though it adds historical innacuracy. This was an HBO production, and it helps that it was too. I sadly have to admit that this film would have tanked had it been a big budget Hollywood affair. If you can track it down, watch it. This film captures important events that ALL Americans need to see and know about.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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