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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.

Director:

Phyllida Lloyd

Writer:

Abi Morgan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Margaret Thatcher
Jim Broadbent ... Denis Thatcher
Susan Brown ... June - Housekeeper
Alice da Cunha Alice da Cunha ... Cleaner
Phoebe Waller-Bridge ... Susie - Margaret's Secretary
Iain Glen ... Alfred Roberts
Alexandra Roach ... Young Margaret Thatcher
Victoria Bewick Victoria Bewick ... Muriel Roberts
Emma Dewhurst Emma Dewhurst ... Beatrice Roberts
Olivia Colman ... Carol Thatcher
Harry Lloyd ... Young Denis Thatcher
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Hostess 1949
Michael Culkin ... Host 1949
Stephanie Jacob Stephanie Jacob ... Female Guest 1949
Robert Portal ... Grey Suited Guest - 1949
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Never compromise

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violent images and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La dama de hierro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$220,409, 1 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,017,992

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,956,699
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Company Credits

Production Co:

DJ Films, Pathé, Film4 See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Meryl Streep never met Margaret Thatcher in real life. She attended one of her lectures in 2001 at Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL, United States where Streep's own daughter Mamie Gummer was a student. See more »

Goofs

Airey Neave was assassinated by a car bomb in 1979. In the movie, he drives a 1981 Vauxhall Cavalier. See more »

Quotes

Denis Thatcher: You'll be fine on your own, love. You always have been.
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Connections

Featured in The Iron Lady: John Campbell on Thatcher (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I Whistle a Happy Tune
(Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II)
Published by Williamson Music, an Imagem Company
Recording taken from the original motion picture "The King and I (1956)"
Licensed courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Meryl Streep gives a spectacular performance in a flawed, but great biopic
30 November 2011 | by Loving_SilenceSee all my reviews

Before viewing, "The Iron Lady", I didn't really know much about Margaret Thatcher. Other than she was the prime minister of England for 11 years, she was a very controversial figure and still is to this day. So I was really interested to see the film and I decided to visit the WGA screening.

Now let me begin by saying, Meryl Streep embodies Margaret Thatcher. She doesn't just look like her, but she talks like her, her facial expressions are spot on. Meryl Streep becomes Margaret Thatcher. I would be shocked if she doesn't win an Oscar for this performance. The supporting cast is good too, Jim Broadbent gives an excellent performance, everyone is just great.

However aside from the top notch acting, the movie had a few flaws. The story was uninteresting at times, the flashback scenes were a bit muddled and a little confusing. The movie felt a little too safe, it tried too hard, not to be controversial. Although I don't entirely blame the film itself for that. Margaret Thatcher was such a decisive person, that whichever side the film picked, it would be criticized by a lot of people. I guess the film ultimately achieved the goal.

I also liked the movie didn't dwell too much on the politics, but on the character of Margaret Thatcher. We see the human side of The Iron Lady herself, beyond all the partisan politics and rumors, we get to see a very personal and sad side of her. The subplot focusing on Thacther's grief over her husband's death, as the older version battles with hallucinations and an unwillingness to let go of her dear Denis are heartbreaking.

Overall the movie was really well done, but just shy of greatness. Meryl Streep's performance and the supporting cast, truly elevates the film into a great biopic. Although I wished a little more time was spent on focusing on her political life, the movie successfully showed a deep and moving side of the prime minister. Which a lot of biopics fail to do. Whatever your opinions might be on Margaret Thatcher, don't fault the movie because of the opinion. And I highly respect Phyllida LLoyd, Meryl Streep, Abi Morgan and others for trying to portray such a decisive and highly controversial figure.


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