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Wild Iris (2001)





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Adapted for television by Kent Broadhurst from his own stage play +Black Iris, Wild Iris takes place in a small Kansas town, where sixty-something Minnie Brinn (Gena Rowlands) runs Bluebird Bridals, a successful boutique. Minnie's chief seamstress and designer is her alcoholic daughter Iris (Laura Linney), who has still not completely recovered from the suicide of her husband Ronnie Bravard (Scott Gibson) eight years before. Since that time, Iris has lived with her domineering mother, who never lets a day go by without making her daughter feel useless and unworthy. Minnie's browbeating and Iris' boozing is having a deleterious effect on Iris' 15-year-old son Lonnie (Emile Hirsch), who is increasingly turning to local filling station owner Lud Van Eppy (Lee Tergesen) for friendship and advice. By the time Lud senses the warning signs that Lonnie is heading down the same self-destructive path as his father, it may be too late for all concerned. Ramando (Miguel Sandoval), Minnie's wedding-photographer pal, and Errol Podudney (Fred Ward), the flustered father of a seriously pregnant teen-aged girl, provide levity in contrast to the otherwise serious goings-on. Filmed in Ontario, Wild Iris premiered theatrically in Orlando, FL, a week or so before its "official" Showtime cable network debut on August 5, 2001.


Laura Linney
as Iris Bravard
Gena Rowlands
as Min Brinn
Emile Hirsch
as Lonnie Bravard
Lee Tergesen
as Lud Van Eppy
Fred Ward
as Errol Podubney
Miguel Sandoval
as Ramando Galvez
Scott Gibson
as Ronnie Dale Bravard
Amy Stewart
as Rhondalyn Podubney
Michael McLachlan
as Gang Leader
Caroline Gillis
as Smoking Mother
Boyd Banks
as Handprint Clerk
Ingrid Veninger
as Woman in Line
Judy Sinclair
as LaNelle Turrell
Gerry Menicino
as Vito Delgaccio
Wayne Ward
as Bikeshop Salesman
Tamara Levitt
as Make-up Salesgirl
Adam Cabral
as Lonnie (age 4)
Eric Cabral
as Lonnie (age 6)
Nathan Hoppe
as Teenager
Catherine Burdon
as Boutique Saleswoman
Samantha Espie
as Cookie Counter Girl
Dave Sparrow
as Mall Security Guard
Mark Melymick
as Mall Security Guard
Colm Magner
as Police Officer in Car
Katerina Taxia
as Athanasia
Darrell Hicks
as Paulstag
Don Ackerman
as Hospital Orderly
Andrew Moodie
as Police Officer at Hospital
David Talbot
as Emergency Room Doctor
John Anderson
as Band Leader
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

To be seen only for the performances of these extraordinary actors, including Miguel Sandoval as a photographer and Lee Tergesen as the owner of the filling station.

February 5, 2018 | Full Review…

With lesser actors on display, I shudder to think at how shrieky and pandering this production could have become. Fortunately, this one stars Laura Linney and Gena Rowlands.

January 7, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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