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The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  13 January 2012 (USA)
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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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Never compromise

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La dama de hierro  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$29,959,436 (USA) (20 April 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point, Thatcher is shown making ice cream to give to a voter as part of an election campaign. In real life, Thatcher was a chemist who developed the emulsifier for that particular type of ice cream. See more »


After the dinner party, when Thatcher speaks to her daughter, her pearl necklace is above her dress. It's hidden under the dress in the following close-up, only to reappear in the next shot. See more »


Margaret Thatcher: It used to be about trying to do something. Now it's about trying to be someone.
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Referenced in Mad: LinKONG/Rainbow Dash & Bernstein (2013) See more »


Well Tempered Clavier: Prelude in C Major
(Johann Sebastian Bach (as JS Bach))
Performed by Daniel Barenboim
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Limited
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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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