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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
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At one point, Thatcher is shown making ice cream to give to a voter as part of an election campaign. In real life, Thatcher was a chemist who developed the emulsifier for that particular type of ice cream. See more »
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. See more »
I'm in Love With Margaret Thatcher
(Michael Hargreaves, Kevin Hemingway, Roger Christian Rawlinson, Gary Antony Brown, and Stephen Hartley (as Stephen John Hartley))
Published by Copyright Control
Performed by Notsensibles
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"Exquisite - a deeply touching picture that has more to do with just politics"
Now, I have to confess, I was a little apprehensive about watching Meryl Streep in this picture for two main reasons: I despite the Conservative Party and the fact it was an American actor playing such a British figure How wrong was I? This movie is absolutely genius. The picture's injection of flashbacks telling the stories of Thatcher's premiership is an innovative way of portraying such a renowned world leader through the good times and the bad.
The device of setting the film primarily in Thatcher's final years, portrayed by the multi-talented and now three-time Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep, suffering health issues and reflecting on those crucial and memorable 11 years in office. However, I can appreciate where this film has received some criticism for depicting Miss Thatcher as a, and I quote, "granny going mad" but nonetheless you cannot fail to feel the deep sympathy and respect for this formidable lady in British politics.
Now I am in no way a Conservative thinker, supporter or sympathizer, but this film has no political desire at all. It is rather a revealing insight into how someone of such intelligence and wit can descend into such a sad life. Furthermore, Streep's stunning transformation as Britain's first and (I hope not) only female Prime Minister, both visibly and performance-wise. Unsurprisingly, the other Oscar awarded for this picture - for Best Makeup and Hairstyling - truly exemplifies how dedicated those behind the scenes were to ensuring this movie was done properly both in terms of historical representation and accuracy.
The true highlight of the move, I felt, where Thatcher personifies her sharp tongue as she converses with the US Secretary of State whom strongly rebukes Thatcher's attempts to ignore the controversy over the "insignificant island of the Falklands" by her simple, yet powerful, comeback – (forgive me for paraphrasing) "Peal Harbor, Bitch?"
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