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The Iron Lady (2011) Poster

(2011)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

Airey Neave was assassinated by a car bomb in 1979. In the movie, he drives a 1981 Vauxhall Cavalier.
Early in the film, Thatcher and her husband are at a performance of Norma at Covent Garden in London. The date on the program is 1950, and Maria Callas plays Norma. Callas did not debut in London until 1952, and the recording of Callas used in the film was recorded in 1954.
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.
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.
In 1990, her final year as Prime Minister, Thatcher refers to the European Union. At that time it was known as the EEC (European Economic Community) or, less formally, the European Community. It became the European Union in 1993, when all member countries ratified the Maastricht Treaty.

Continuity 

After the dinner party, when Thatcher speaks to her daughter, her pearl necklace is above her dress. It's hidden under the dress in the following close-up, only to reappear in the next shot.
When Margaret Thatcher is in a room with three of her cabinet members and two others discussing the economy and budget cuts, The door behind them is alternately open and closed between shots.

Crew or equipment visible 

In the closing scene, when Thatcher walks down the stairs of Number 10 Downing Street, a lighting rig is visible on the landing above her.

Factual errors 

In the film, Labour leader Michael Foot opposes the decision to send a task force to the Falkland Islands, and Margaret Thatcher admonishes him in the House of Commons following Britain's victory over Argentina. Charles Moore's authorized biography of Thatcher clearly states that Foot supported her on the Falklands, and she emerged from the conflict with renewed personal admiration for him, despite their profound disagreements on most political issues.
When Airey Neave was assassinated by an INLA car bomb, Margaret Thatcher was nowhere near the Palace of Westminster.
One shot shows Thatcher wearing a hat in the House of Commons during her tenure as Prime Minister. She never did that; the practice is discouraged for Members of Parliament.
"Norma", the opera that Margaret and Denis watch in the theater and whose aria "Casta Diva" is widely used in the movie score, was composed by Vincenzo Bellini, not Francesco Bellini as the framed booklet says.
Airey Neave's Vauxhall Cavalier was blue, not red.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

On several occasions when Thatcher is speaking in the House of Commons, the camera pans the house and no other female MPs are shown. The House of Commons had 19 female MPs in 1979, when Thatcher became Prime Minister, and 66 in 1992, just after she retired. In an article in the Daily Mail dated January 9, 2011, director Phyllida Lloyd said "I've deliberately put no other women in the shots. There were, in fact, 19 female MPs by the time she became Prime Minister but we are trying to show not how it was to the objective eye but how it felt from her point of view. Ours is a collection of very selective memories, of a life of a woman formed by the Second World War and permanently at war, her life played out as a series of battles."
Rite Aid bandages were not sold in the UK in the 1980s. Margaret Thatcher traveled to the US frequently, and could've brought some back with her.

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