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26 February 2009 (UK) See more »
Margaret Thatcher's final days as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. | Add synopsis »
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Roger Allam ... John Wakeham

Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... John Sergeant

Charlotte Asprey ... Caroline Stephens
Elizabeth Bennett ... Sue Mastriforte
Martin Chamberlain ... Nigel Lawson

Michael Cochrane ... Alan Clark

Oliver Cotton ... Michael Heseltine

Alan Cox ... Gordon Reece

Dermot Crowley ... Airey Neave

Nicholas Day ... Cranley Onslow

Lindsay Duncan ... Margaret Thatcher

Julian Firth ... Norman Lamont

James Fox ... Charles Powell

Robert Hardy ... Willie Whitelaw

Guy Henry ... Tristan Garel-Jones
Jenny Howe ... Cynthia Crawford

Philip Jackson ... Bernard Ingham

Paul Jesson ... Kenneth Baker

Nicholas Jones ... Tim Renton
Diana Kent ... Margaret King

Nicholas Le Prevost ... Douglas Hurd

Oliver Le Sueur ... Mark Thatcher
Nigel Le Vaillant ... Edward Heath

Rosemary Leach ... Queen Elizabeth II

Christian McKay ... John Whittingdale (as Christian Mackay)
Francis Maguire ... Official (as Frank Maguire)

Michael Maloney ... John Major
Roy Marsden ... Norman Tebbit

Ian McDiarmid ... Denis Thatcher
Douglas McFerran ... MP
Tim McMullan ... William Waldegrave

Kevin McNally ... Kenneth Clarke (as Kevin R. McNally)
George Pensotti ... Speaker of the Commons
Mark Perry ... John MacGregor

Olivia Poulet ... Carol Thatcher

Nicholas Rowe ... Malcolm Rifkind

John Sessions ... Geoffrey Howe

Rupert Vansittart ... Peter Morrison

Tim Wallers ... MP
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Greg Bennett ... Conservative MP (uncredited)
Andrew Care ... Party Worker (uncredited)
Carl Robins ... Waiter (uncredited)

Tina Simmons ... Anne Heseltine (uncredited)

Directed by
James Kent 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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Produced by
Hilary Benson .... line producer
Robert Cooper .... executive producer
Bethan Jones .... executive producer: BBC
Kate Triggs .... executive producer
Sanne Wohlenberg .... producer
Original Music by
Dominic Muldowney 
Cinematography by
David Odd 
Film Editing by
William Diver  (as Bill Diver)
Casting by
Rachel Freck 
Production Design by
David Roger 
Art Direction by
Kate Evenden 
Costume Design by
James Keast 
Makeup Department
Deanne Turner .... makeup artist
Karen Z.M. Turner .... makeup artist
Christine Walmesley-Cotham .... makeup designer
Production Management
Beewan Athwal .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin Azzopardi .... third assistant director
Matthew Hanson .... second assistant director
Mick Pantaleo .... first assistant director
Colin Azzopardi .... second assistant director: daily (uncredited)
Art Department
Neil Alexander .... dressing props
Gavin Grant .... dressing props
Jo Kornstein .... production buyer
John Krommenhoek .... stand-by carpenter
Shay Leonard .... prop hand
Katie Ralph .... art department assistant
Paul Roberts .... stand-by carpenter
Matilda Wainwright .... stand-by art director
Nick Walker .... property master
Darren Williams .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Joanna Andrews .... sound trainee
Chris Ashworth .... sound recordist
Ben Baird .... dubbing mixer
Steve Hancock .... sound maintenance
Nick Roberts .... dialogue editor
Chris Goldsmith .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Caroline Robinson .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jonathan Hills .... visual effects (uncredited)
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Chris Mortimer .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurence Cendrowicz .... still photographer
Beisan Elias .... camera trainee
Toby Flesher .... best boy
Tom Gates .... gaffer
Peter Howard .... focus puller
Eifion Hughes .... electrician (as Eifon Hughes)
Adam Lee .... electrician
Chris Rusby .... grip
Anna Valdez-Hanks .... clapper loader
Frankie Webster .... rigger (as Frank Webster)
Jo Gibbs .... clapper loader: dailies (uncredited)
Karl Hui .... focus puller: dailies (uncredited)
Alison Lai .... clapper loader: dailies (uncredited)
Nick Ray .... grip: dailies (uncredited)
Tony Slater Ling .... camera operator: dailies (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karen Maxwell .... casting assistant (as Karen Goddard)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Allen .... costume supervisor
Emma Devonald .... wardrobe trainee
Emma Moore .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor
Jet Omoshebi .... colorist
Rab Wilson .... assistant editor
Helen Paszyn .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Rebecca Kemp .... location assistant
Ian Pollington .... location manager
Iain Smith .... assistant location manager
Other crew
John Campbell .... consultant
Tina Falcone .... assistant accountant
Kerry Fosten .... production secretary
Ruth Gibbs .... unit nurse
Chris Green .... production accountant
Laura Hooper .... production runner
Stefan Kaday .... production associate
Tony Knox .... researcher
Jed Leventhall .... production executive
Alice Lusher .... production coordinator
Carol Saunderson .... script supervisor
Louis Barron .... floor runner (uncredited)
Mango Dennis .... floor runner (uncredited)
Louise Caruana Galizia .... floor runner (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Stars three different actors who have played 18th Century novelist Henry Fielding; Ian McDiarmid in "City of Vice" (2008), John Sessions in "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" (1997) and Nicholas Rowe in A Harlot's Progress (2006) (TV).See more »
Anachronisms: Throughout the film any time a telephone rang a soft electronic warble ring was used. Yet all telephones seen throughout the production are BT/GPO standard issue (of the day) Type 706's which had a mechanical bell ringer.See more »
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The Fall Of The Iron Lady, 7 March 2010
Author: sddavis63 ( from Durham Region, Ontario, Canada

I've read Margaret Thatcher's autobiography, and have always been especially taken with her own description of her last days as Prime Minister, as her own Conservative Party organized a coup to oust her, and I was curious to see how this fictionalized account would square with her personal account, The truth is that, essentially, the stories are pretty close. As might be expected, this docudrama isn't as sympathetic to Thatcher as her own autobiography was, but neither leave any doubt about the level of intrigue that existed within the Party and that led to her demise. Although much could be said about the story, the history books can essentially fill in the dreary political facts. What I can say about the movie is that no one comes off in a particularly positive light. Of Thatcher's rivals, Michael Heseltine (who's the arch- enemy in Thatcher's own work) probably comes off best as a guy who sincerely believes the Party is heading for disaster unless he leads it. John Major seems shifty and conniving, and most of the others seem simply weak. It's that very weakness, the movie suggests, that played a major role in Thatcher's downfall. Dominated by her for years, resentment among the senior Tories grew, and the back-benchers became disdainful of her lack of interest in and attention to them. So out of touch has Thatcher become that the movie suggests that she at one point entertained the possibility of handing over the leadership of the Party to someone else, while she herself stayed on as Prime Minister - which would have been impossible in the British system. Speaking as a Canadian, I found one very brief scene (which consisted of only a few words) also demonstrating how out of touch she had become. During an audience with the Queen, she refers to having met Brian Mulroney (a former Canadian Prime Minister) at an international gathering and then begins to explain to the Queen who he is. The Queen (who is also Queen of Canada) says coldly "I know who Brian Mulroney is."

This is a movie that will be of interest to anyone with an interest in British politics (or, really, politics in general.) It uses flashbacks to Thatcher's earlier career quite effectively, offers an interesting look at Thatcher's personal life (she comes across as rather cold and distant, particularly with her daughter Carol) and presents what is probably a very accurate reflection on the fact that loyalty in politics generally takes second place to one's own best interests. I will say that star Lindsay Duncan really didn't seem to capture Thatcher at first, but definitely grew into the role as the movie progressed. All in all, well done!

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