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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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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

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 »

Goofs

When MP Airey Neave is in the parking garage (car park), a CCTV camera from at least 2001 is briefly visible just before Neave's car explodes. Neave was assassinated in 1979. See more »

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Young Denis Thatcher: Margaret, will you marry me?
[a pause, Margaret stares at him]
Young Denis Thatcher: Well?
Young Margaret Thatcher: [Margaret is still staring, Denis kisses her hand] Yes. Yes!
Young Denis Thatcher: [Margaret starts to cry from happiness, Denis leans in for a kiss, but she suddenly pulls back] What?
Young Margaret Thatcher: I love you so much but, I will never be one of those women, Denis. Who stays silent and pretty on the arm of her husband. Or remote and alone in the kitchen - doing the washing up, for that matter.
Young Denis Thatcher: [interrupts] I'm going to help with that...
Young Margaret Thatcher: No. One's life must matter, ...
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Connections

Referenced in Final de partida: Los premios Óscar (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Casta Diva
(From "Norma")
(Vincenzo Bellini)
Performed by Maria Callas with Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala (as La Scala Milan Orchestra and Chorus)
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Disappointing
26 December 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I am so disappointed in the film and in the widely talked up performance of Meryl Streep.

This movie was politically shallow, and to think of all the material they had to work with. Sigh......

What a unique, substantive pioneering individual MT was - yet this movie managed to provide no political substance nor enlightenment into the personal struggles and achievements this woman managed to deliver and experienced throughout her journey as the first female leader of a country which at the time was one of the most patriarchal, class based, yet economic leaders of the western world.

It amounts to nothing more than a sexist, try hard attempt at personal biography. Delivering little more than a document on the ravages and sadness that accompanies this vile disease of Alzheimer's.

Where is Stone or Spielberg? This ground breaking woman deserved so much more..........


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