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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Margaret Thatcher
... Denis Thatcher
... June - Housekeeper
Alice da Cunha ... Cleaner
... Susie - Margaret's Secretary
... Alfred Roberts
... Young Margaret Thatcher
Victoria Bewick ... Muriel Roberts
Emma Dewhurst ... Beatrice Roberts
... Carol Thatcher
... Young Denis Thatcher
... Hostess 1949
... Host 1949
Stephanie Jacob ... Female Guest 1949
... Grey Suited Guest - 1949
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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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Also Known As:

La dama de hierro  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$220,409, 1 January 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,017,992

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$114,956,699
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Trivia

Anthony Head, who plays former Chancellor of the Exhequer Geoffrey Howe in this film, had a regular part as the Prime Minister in the British television sketch series Little Britain (2003). See more »

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." See more »

Quotes

Margaret Thatcher: We will stand on principle... or we will not stand at all.
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 7 July 2011 (2011) See more »

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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 a spectacular performance in a flawed, but great biopic
30 November 2011 | by See 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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