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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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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

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Biography | Drama

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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)  »

Also Known As:

La dama de hierro  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Meryl Streep was named Best Actress of the Year at the Academy Awards for her performance as Margret Thatcher in this film. The Oscar was presented to her by Colin Firth who was named Best Lead Actor the year before for his performance as King George VI in The King's Speech. Streep subsequently presented Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln. So in a span of three years, lead acting Oscars were awarded for portrayals of the King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth and Emperor of India, the British Prime Minister and the President of the United States. See more »

Goofs

One shot, set in the 1980s, shows the Houses of Parliament from Westminster Bridge. To the right, a National Express coach on Westminster Bridge has 'high level' brake lights, which first appeared on busses in the late 1990s, and a 2011 livery. See more »

Quotes

Denis Thatcher: One likes to make an effort. A snifter?
Margaret Thatcher: You're dead, Denis.
Denis Thatcher: Ah well, if I'm dead, who are you talking to? Shall we dance?
Margaret Thatcher: Oh...
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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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Meryl Streep gives an Oscar winning performance
14 December 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

First of all let me say before I saw the movie I was neither a fan of Meryl Streep as an actor or Margaret Thatcher as a politician. After seeing the movie I'm amazed at Streeps brilliant performance and can't see anybody beating her for the Oscar. Also for what its worth I'm a firm fan of her now and am looking forward to seeing her next work. With Margaret Thatcher while still seeing her as flawed with regard to her battles with the unions and the Argentinians,IRA etc, I can now see where she was coming from even though her Tory views are not mine. She held high principles and the lady was definitely not for turning. In the end it lead to her down fall. Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher always tried to bring his wife back to reality and reminded me of why kings kept court jesters. Nicholas Farrell as her Conservative adviser gave a strong performance. The movie is virtually a one woman show seen from her viewpoint, so we should not expect it to be historically perfect in all the details. For those that like to see quality acting I can highly recommend The Iron Lady and will be adding it to my collection of favorite movies when it comes out in DVD.


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