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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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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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At the 2012 Academy Awards, this movie was nominated for two Oscars, Best Actress and Best Make-Up, and won both, achieving a perfect score of two wins from two nominations. This feat was previously also achieved by Ed Wood (1994) which also won two Oscars from two nominations. Both films won in the Make-Up category and one award for the acting. See more »


In the Cabinet scene during the power cut, Thatcher says that the leader of the miners had called for the army to revolt. This had actually been said by Mick McGahey, vice-president of the National Union of Mineworkers. The leader, Joe Gormley, was a much more moderate figure. See more »


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Streep is mesmerizing, the film is not.
27 December 2011 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

There's no doubt about it: Meryl Streep will be nominated for her 17th Academy Award for her portrayal of Britain's most controversial Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, in this otherwise underwhelming biopic. Streep is mesmerizing as usual, but the mode of storytelling employed by screenwriter Abi Morgan and director Phyllida Lloyd – sporadic flashbacks among elongated stretches of following the elderly and mentally fragile Maggie – is a huge misfire. The scenes which recount her path from young adulthood through to local politics and then to her 11 years of turbulent leadership are intriguing, however they are too far and few between to really grip. Sure, it checks off the list as far as famous moments go, but a more in depth insight into how she ran the country would've been nice.

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