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An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

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Elderly and a virtual prisoner in her own home due to her concerned staff and daughter Carol, Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first woman prime minister, looks back on her life as she clears out her late husband Denis's clothes for the Oxfam shop. Denis is seen as being her rock as she first enters parliament and then runs for the leadership of the Conservative Party, culminating in her eventual premiereship. Now his ghost joins her to comment on her successes and failures, sometimes to her annoyance, generally to her comfort until ultimately, as the clothes are sent to the charity shop, Denis departs from Margaret's life forever. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Rated PG-13 for some violent images and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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13 January 2012 (USA)  »

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La dama de hierro  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$220,409 (USA) (30 December 2011)

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$29,959,436 (USA) (20 April 2012)
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Streep prepared for the role by spending months watching broadcasts of Margaret Thatcher, to learn her mannerisms and speech. She also spoke with dozens of people who knew her, including former Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock, who faced Thatcher in the House of Commons for seven years. See more »

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In the closing scene, when Thatcher walks down the stairs of Number 10 Downing Street, a lighting rig is visible on the landing above her. See more »

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Margaret Thatcher: "How do you feel?" / "Oh, I don't feel comfortable." / "Oh, I'm so sorry, we the group, we're feeling..." Do you know, one of the greatest problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas? Now, thoughts and ideas, that interests me.
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Referenced in Filmselskabet: Episode #1.6 (2012) See more »

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I Whistle a Happy Tune
(Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II)
Published by Williamson Music, an Imagem Company
Recording taken from the original motion picture "The King and I"
Licensed courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Absolute rubbish.
25 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I just watched The Iron Lady tonight (a private screening - shhhh!) and it's terrible. I mean really dreadful. We were all left aghast at just how inept the film is and what a wasted opportunity. They don't have a central story to hang the film on, so it's just a bunch of moments, not very well told. I fell asleep about four times and my friends literally were gutted because we were all looking forward to it. Meryl does a good impersonation of Maggie, but where's the story? Where are The MINERS?!! We get a moment of the Poll Tax Riots, a moment of the Falklands, a moment of this, a moment of that. They should all be ashamed of themselves for a thoroughly squandered opportunity! Shockingly bad. And PS: I think the politics of the film stinks, but even though I despise Thatcher and what she did to my country, I wanted a good film made about her - Shame on you all!


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