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10 April 2002 (UK) See more »
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Twenty years ago, Britain went to war to regain the Falkland Islands. The Falklands Play is a gripping... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Historically false events in a generally good drama. See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Patricia Hodge ... Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP (Prime Minister)

James Fox ... Rt Hon Peter, 6th Baron Carrington KCMG MC (Foreign Secretary)

John Standing ... Rt Hon William Whitelaw CH MC MP (Home Secretary)

Michael Cochrane ... Rt Hon Nicholas Ridley MP (Financial Secretary to the Treasury)
Jeremy Child ... Rt Hon Francis Pym MC MP (Lord President of the Council / Foreign Secretary)

Rupert Vansittart ... Sir Robert Armstrong (Cabinet Secretary)

Jonathan Coy ... Richard Luce MP (Minister of State, Foreign Office)
Clive Merrison ... Rt Hon John Nott MP (Secretary of State for Defence)
Peter Blythe ... Rt Hon Sir Michael Havers QC MP (Attorney-General)
Jeremy Clyde ... Sir Nicholas Henderson (HM Ambassador to the United States)

Colin Stinton ... Alexander Haig (US Secretary of State)
Shaughan Seymour ... Adm. Sir Henry Leach (First Sea Lord)

Anthony Calf ... Robin Fearn (Head of Falkland Islands Department, Foreign Office)
Jasper Jacob ... John Wilkinson MP (Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Nott)

Richard Cordery ... Tom Enders (US Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs)
Bob Sherman ... President Ronald Reagan

Lorelei King ... Jeanne Kirkpatrick (US Ambassador to the UN)

Garrick Hagon ... Vernon Walters (Senior Adviser to the US Secretary of State)

Robert Hardy ... Sir Anthony Parsons (HM Ambassador to the UN)
Arturo Venegas ... Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (UN Secretary-General)

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Nicanor Costa Méndez (Argentine Minister of External Relations)
Robert Bowman ... Sir Hamilton Whyte (Member, British Mission to the UN)

John Woodvine ... Adm. of the Fleet Sir Terence Lewin (Chief of the Defence Staff)

Tom Chadbon ... Adm. Sir John Fieldhouse (C-in-C Fleet)
Gordon Langford Rowe ... Rt Hon George Thomas MP (Speaker of the House of Commons) (as Gordon Langford-Rowe)

Patrick Godfrey ... Rt Hon Michael Foot MP (Leader of the Opposition)
Ron Meadows ... Rt Hon Peter Shore MP (Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer)
Renny Krupinski ... David Lambie MP (Labour)
David Fleeshman ... Rt Hon Denis Healey CH MBE MP (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party)

Charles McCurdy ... John Browne MP (Conservative)
Martin Oldfield ... Rt Hon Enoch Powell MP (Conservative)
Geoffrey Wilkinson ... Sir Anthony Meyer Bt MP (Conservative)

Alan Rothwell ... John Wells MP (Conservative)

Geoff Holman ... Rt Hon Tony Benn MP (Labour)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Donn ... Minister (uncredited)
Leonard Silver ... Government Minister (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Samuels 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ian Curteis 

Produced by
Richard Fell .... executive producer
Rebecca Ferrand .... line producer
Jeremy Howe .... producer
Sarah Whitehead .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Mark Isaac 
Chris Pearce 
Steve Rees 
Kevin Rudge 
Rory Taylor 
 
Film Editing by
Martin Sharpe 
 
Casting by
Carrie Hilton 
 
Production Design by
Melanie Allen 
 
Art Direction by
Madelaine Leech 
 
Costume Design by
Jayne Gregory 
 
Makeup Department
Sallie Adams .... makeup designer
Jane Bevans .... assistant makeup artist
Kirsty Herring .... assistant makeup artist
Kristy Herring .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sacha Whitmarsh .... senior production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Elkins .... first assistant director
Tammy Kempinski .... second assistant director
Holly Watson .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Holly Blenkins .... stand-by props
Colin Bradbury .... props master
Sandy Garfield .... props buyer
Gavin Grant .... stand-by props
Max Grant .... stand-by props
Doug Irvine .... stand-by props
 
Sound Department
Alan Cridford .... boom operator
Jason Hopfner .... boom operator
James Loosemore .... sound editor
Mario Mooney .... sound mixer
Mario Mooney .... sound recordist
Jon Thornton .... boom operator
Aad Wirtz .... dubbing mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Graham Cussell .... electrician
Mark Issac .... camera operator
Chris Pearce .... assistant camera
John Powell .... electrician
Steve Rees .... camera operator
Kevin Rudge .... camera operator
Gavin Walters .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Chuck Douglas .... extras casting
Ginny Schiller .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Leonard .... costume assistant
Jackie Thomas .... costume assistant
Allison Wyldeck .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Dominic Aarons .... colorist
Lesley MacKinnon .... assistant editor
Matt Roberts .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Jenny Bowman .... script supervisor
Seth Elkins .... runner
Daniel Fone .... runner
Nicola Pinn .... production coordinator
Gordon Ronald .... production executive
Vanessa Stoddart .... production accountant
Eleanor Wollen .... runner
 

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90 min
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Trivia:
Originally commissioned by the BBC in 1987 but wasn't filmed until 2002.See more »
Quotes:
Alexander Haig:We are trying to de-escalise a war.
Margaret Thatcher:So am I. But you do not do it by appeasement. You increase its chances. You see this table? This was where Neville Chamberlain sat in 1938 when he spoke on the wireless about the Czechs as "far away people about whom we know nothing and with whom we have so little in common". Munich! Appeasement! A world war followed because of that irresponsible, woolly-minded, indecisive, slip-shod attitude and the deaths of 45 million people.
Tom Enders:The fact that we have to treat Britain and Argentina even-handedly for the purpose of negotiation...
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4 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Historically false events in a generally good drama., 12 June 2008
Author: commingle from United Kingdom

I think there were serious omissions from the historical truth.

As noted by a reviewer above, Thatcher's political position was very weak at the time. She was seen by the country and many of her "wet" cabinet ministers as being a right wing liability who would sink the Tories at the next election because she had worsened, not improved, Britain's economy. Unemployment had sky-rocketed.

The decision to withdraw HMS Endeavour from the South Atlantic (the supply ship for the Falklands) was made by her right wing Defence Minister John Nott on grounds of cost- cutting. Both the Foreign Office under Carrington and I believe the Chiefs of Staff and the Intelligence Services opposed it on the grounds that the Argentinians would interpret the withdrawal as a sign that the UK was not serious about maintaining its Falklands colony and this would greatly encourage them to invade. Thatcher overruled them and backed Nott. She therefore had direct responsibility for this mistaken decision and should, on the Argentinian invasion, have resigned.

This was known at the time of the Saturday House of Commons debate by many people, especially on the Conservative back benches. There was great unease on them, and talk of replacing her. What saved her probably was Michael Foot's highly patriotic support of her in his speech and the fact that the debate only lasted 4 hours rather than the more usual 8. (Clever work probably by the Whips). If it had been 8, it is very likely that this unease about Thatcher would have surfaced from both wets and right wingers who suspected she was an incompetent woman who had blundered into a war.

Then, had she been replaced - probably by a wet ("wets" by and large were of an older generation than the supporters of Thatcher and had fought in the 2nd War and would have been thought "reliable" to fight another war) - the war would have gone ahead, Britain would again probably have won, and a "wet" rather than Thatcher would have been in charge of Britain and subsequent history would have been radically different. But it is through ironies like this that history operates. As it was, it was those who had been originally been right on "Endeavour" who were forced to resign like Carrington, and Thatcher, the British politician (along with Nott) most responsible for allowing the war to break out, the person who went on to be lionised as a great Churchillian war leader.

The Saturday Commons debate was the great turning point. Curteis presents the debate falsely as a straight patriotic piece of Churchillian stiff upper-lip tub thumping. (This is understandable, the Left had been and was caricaturing Thatcher mercilessly in their propaganda and Curteis's play is his right-wing propaganda blast back). But it would have been far more interesting - and dramatic - to go for neither villains or heroes, but what history really consists of - human beings. And by showing complexities and ironies, rather than pieties and propaganda.

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