Iron Jawed Angels

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Overview

Katja von Garnier's historical drama about women's suffrage, Iron Jawed Angels, arrives on DVD with a transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, English and Spanish soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround, and a French soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director. This is...
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Overview

Katja von Garnier's historical drama about women's suffrage, Iron Jawed Angels, arrives on DVD with a transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, English and Spanish soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround, and a French soundtrack is available in Dolby Digital Stereo. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the director. This is a fine disc from HBO Video.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Director commentary track
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Skyler Miller
For Americans, the right to vote is so taken for granted that it's hard to believe it was unavailable to the country's women until 1920, and not until after quite a fight. Chronicling this overlooked but major chapter in the history of U.S. civil rights, Iron Jawed Angels is an accomplished biopic that covers a lot of ground without sacrificing the personal details of its characters. The film is refreshing in the way it relegates male characters to the background and puts its full focus on an array of heroic women. Hilary Swank gives an assured and inspiring performance as Alice Paul, the leader of the National Woman's Party, a radical organization that sought nothing less than full voting rights for women. The fine cast is rounded out by Frances O'Connor's understated Lucy Burns, Molly Parker as a senator's wife who defies her husband to become active in the movement, the ever-luminous Julia Ormond, and Anjelica Huston in a fun, scene-stealing role. Patrick Dempsey serves as what might have been a token "love interest" in a lesser film, but here he symbolizes the choice Alice must make between the cause and her personal life. The film's use of contemporary songs and cinematography is a potentially bold stylistic choice that doesn't always work. The intent is clearly to make past events more relevant to a modern audience, and while this strategy succeeds to a certain extent, it also serves to occasionally distance the viewer from the story. Nonetheless, the film excels at depicting the real sacrifices of the women involved, especially in the harrowing prison scenes, as well as in showing the development of nonviolent protest techniques that were later used successfully in other political movements. Iron Jawed Angels vibrantly brings to life a neglected period of America's civil rights struggle without making it seem like a history lesson.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • UPC: 026359212222
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:04:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,492

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hilary Swank Alice Paul
Frances O'Connor Lucy Burns
Julia Ormond Inez Mulholland
Anjelica Huston Carrie Chapman Catt
Molly Parker Emily Leighton
Patrick Dempsey Ben Weissman
Laura Fraser Doris Stevens
Brooke Smith Mabel Vernon
Vera Farmiga Ruza Wenclawska
Lois Smith Anna Howard Shaw
Margo Martindale Harriot Blatch
Joseph Adams Senator Leighton
Adilah Barnes Ida Wells-Barnett
Carrie Snodgress Mrs. Paul
Bob Gunton President Woodrow Wilson
Trevor Gagnon
Technical Credits
Katja von Garnier Director
Len Amato Executive Producer
James Bigwood Co-producer
Vebe Borge Art Director
Eugenia Bostwick-Singer Screenwriter
Robin Forman Executive Producer
Jennifer Friedes Screenwriter
Hans Funck Editor
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Caroline Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Reinhold Heil Score Composer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Johnny Klimek Score Composer
Liz Marx Casting
Laura McCorkindale Executive Producer
Ed Novick Sound/Sound Designer
Lydia Dean Pilcher Executive Producer
Denise Pinkley Co-producer
Sally Robinson Screenwriter
Raymond Singer Screenwriter
Norris Spencer Production Designer
Paula Weinstein Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Heads or Tails [6:02]
2. Building Support [1:13]
3. Strong Alliances [4:50]
4. Woman on a Horse [1:35]
5. Men Plan, God Laughs [4:22]
6. Break With the NAWSA [3:02]
7. Driving Lesson [2:58]
8. A Dark Cloud [5:59]
9. Nowhere at All [1:57]
10. Sentinels [4:59]
11. Sacrifice [4:45]
12. Political Prisoners [1:57]
13. Fanning the Flames [5:21]
14. Hunger Strikers [2:41]
15. Acts of Contrition [4:38]
16. Presidential Support [1:31]
17. The Vote [3:22]
18. Conclusion/End Credits [5:32]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   HBO Video Logo
   Play
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director Katja von Garnier and Screenwriter Sally Robinson
      HBO Films
   Languages
      Audio: English 5.1
      Audio: English 2.0
      Audio: Spanish 2.0
      Audio: French 2.0
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Thsi was one of the greatest movies I've seen. At first I thought I wouldn't like but I loved it. It's really worth watch. It shows how hard women fought to get the right to vote and many other things. Hilary Swank was briliant as Alice Paul. She really brought the charecter to life. The cast that they had was great and it's worth owning this movie. After I watched it I couldn't stop thinking about it. It was just stuck in my head of how the democratic president wouldn't do anything and how one women finally stood up to her husband and told him she was fighting for women's rights.I ended up using it for my presentation and my class was into it. Again it's deffinately worth owning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bloody Brilliant

    I can't even count how many times I've watched this film. No one considers what women went through to get the right to vote. Hillary Swank (Alice Paul) and Embeth Davitz (Lucy Burns) act their souls out to portray these women as REAL women. Huzzah to the suffrigists!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb!

    Finally a movie that is devoted to the little known heros of American liberty -- the suffragettes. This movie brings light to women vastly overlooked by history despite their monumentous achievement. It is also historically accurate -- as close as any cinematic movie will ever get. Every child needs to watch this movie -- especially girls -- and adults as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fight for Freedom

    Many will view this movie as a womans rights issue. In some respects that is correct. But, in a larger sense it is a human rights issue. What makes freedom so treasured is that it is so rare. To make the good fight, as these women did, gives all American Women the Freedom that they now have and as humans, the freedom that they deserve. The fight for Freedom, male or female, black or white, rich or poor is a continuous never ending battle we all must fight. As Superman used to say 'This is a fight for Freedom, Justice and the American Way.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most enlightening true story, a must see

    I never learned about this in the history texts. These were devoted courageous American young women who picked up where Susan B. Anthony left off. Their final fight for the right to vote is absolutely amazing. Every woman of voting age should see this film. Alice Paul Institue in New Jersey is dedicated to young women's programs. Lucy Burns retreated to Brooklyn after winning the vote, to raise her orphaned niece. She is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn. These women are American heroines, among the many,who helped bring about the 19th Amendment. Bravo to all of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    This movie was absolutely amazing. Watching it brought myself to realize how much women don't appreciate the fact that they can vote today. Watching this movie made me want to go vote now for something, anything. This is a must see, especially for teenage women who aren't interested in politics.

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