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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:
Alice da Cunha ...
Alfred Roberts
Victoria Bewick ...
Muriel Roberts
Emma Dewhurst ...
Beatrice Roberts
Carol Thatcher
Hostess 1949
Host 1949
Stephanie Jacob ...
Female Guest 1949
Robert Portal ...
Grey Suited Guest 1949


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

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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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Did You Know?


Early in the film, a book on Otto von Bismarck, known as the "Iron Chancellor," is visible in Thatcher's apartment. See more »


Airey Neave's Vauxhall Cavalier was blue, not red. See more »


Margaret Thatcher: [switching off television] I don't recognize myself.
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Referenced in Kendra on Top: Workin' It (2012) See more »


I'm in Love With Margaret Thatcher
(Michael Hargreaves, Kevin Hemingway, Roger Christian Rawlinson, Gary Antony Brown, and Stephen Hartley (as Stephen John Hartley))
Published by Copyright Control
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Truly disappointed and quite angry
28 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

This film had so much potential to open peoples eyes to one of the most influential politicians of the time and all it does is focus on an elderly persons slide into dementia.

Approximately two thirds of the film is spent on the post 2003 era (post Dennis Thatchers death) with Thatcher wandering round her flat, talking with her daughter, hallucinating about Dennis, throwing clothes out etc etc. Not only is this thoroughly depressing but it is also so frustrating as you are forced to sit through Streep doing her "I want an Oscar, I want an Oscar" sales pitch.

There were so many highly charged/globally reported moments and periods throughout her prime minister-ship which were just brushed over or completely skipped - the poll tax (which attracts about 5mins of the film), the miners strikes (less than 5 minutes), the Iranian embassy siege (no mention of at all), the Falklands war (maybe 15 minutes but deserved so much more), the policy of privatisations (minimal), and crucially the impact her leadership had on the country (nothing). And this is before raising the events that developed her into the women she was - all that is provided here is a few flashbacks to her father speaking in public. There is no real mention of her fight for the leadership, nothing on her career before politics, and very little about her developmental years (university etc).

In summary it just seems this film was out to try and get in the running for as many Oscars as it could and they didn't care if they screwed any one over to get there.

Not only is Margaret Thatchers retirement private but her declining health should not be used as an opportunity for someone to get in the running for an Oscar. Have some respect!

If they were after a film which created an emotional reaction they certainly succeeded.

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