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The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Victoria Bewick ...
Muriel Roberts
Emma Dewhurst ...
Beatrice Roberts
Carol Thatcher
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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 premiership. 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Never compromise


Biography | Drama

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 USA:

$220,409, 1 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Stands out from today's assortment of fantasy movies
10 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I was struck immediately by the opening scenes as the first glimpse into the life of a woman I have always thought of as powerful and strong was instead this frail and delicate image I would never have thought to cross my mind. The camera focuses in on her wrinkled frail hands as she contemplates which size milk carton to buy in a shady corner market in a low- scale part of London- now very diverse. She seems out of place and delicate like a china doll. This can't be her, thought. Why isn't she in some mansion by Hyde Park with multiple housemaids waiting on her? Isn't she a national treasure of sorts? or one of the cultural elites? Seeing her decrepit form wrestle with the price of milk and living such a lonely life was a gripping tale of what happens to many of our high profile leaders... and was in my mind a refreshing nod to what is real about the human condition. There are many fine nuances and innuendos of this kind throughout this movie. Someone who appears as super head strong and confident as Thatcher also has lives much like us and perhaps even worse for all the sacrifices her life as a woman and mother in a man's world she had to make. In the end, she is like us... The film shows her rise to power, her successes and how those successes made her perhaps too proud and indelicate, provoking and humiliating the men around her. It also cleverly showed how her successes blind-sided her and led to her resignation, she was confident of her belief of what she thought the public wanted or should have wanted and was not good with compromising with those vacillators.. This is a talented and deep kind of movie, so if one is looking for some fast pace triller with one train of plot or story, and simple political story, skip this one. This is a liberal arts story portrayal, the kind of movie Hollywood has gradually lost the skill and market backing to tell with all the CGI and muscle, good looks attractions they think the public wants. This is a movie about the impermanence of human life - loneliness, reflection, loyalties made and forgotten, aging, loss of control through the weakening of the body and the mind to the irrevocable strokes of stress and strain - in the life of a person many of us thought not possible... like Ronald Reagan, whose personal life we found odd with his public persona. Not all heroes and heroines end up happily ever after, although we imagine them so... Thatcher was quite alone while deeply respected, but still, alone with not much to do - as much as any one of us would be at the end of their years... And for all the service and commitment to public service one makes with the idealism as Thatcher possessed, the public is very hard to please and easy to forget. The flashbacks highlight some key moments in her career and the definitive stand she took on issues. I never knew she and her husband almost died in a hotel from an explosion. With ALL that against her (you'll see in the movie), she still wanted to be Prime Minister... remarkable.

Yes, this is another British personality profile of the last couple years, King's Speech is dull by comparison in my opinion. And I hear they're doing a movie on Diana soon. Iron Lady is really quite moving at times and Streep's portrayal leaves one in disbelief. Streep doesn't look at all like Streep- after her portrayal of Julia Childs, I didn't think it possible for her to outdo it. This must certainly land her an academy and the movie a well deserved Oscar. For all the criticism levied on this movie, what more can you do within two hours to cover such a complicated lady who broke such strongly held conventions of her day and age? This youth-oriented generation wants sex and risqué, action and plot... but the Iron Lady's plot gives us all something much more deeper and elemental than these- taking us back on a subconscious plot that the unreflective viewer may not know what to do with. and I applaud the makers of the film for not giving in to such low methods to sell tickets. Splendid on all counts and I came away wanting to know more from having watched it.

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