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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

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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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

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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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13 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La dama de hierro  »

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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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Trivia

Early in the film, a book on Otto von Bismarck, known as the "Iron Chancellor," is visible in Thatcher's apartment. 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

Alexander Haig: So you are proposing to go to war over these islands. They're thousands of miles away, a handful of citizens, politically and economically insignificant, if you'll excuse me.
Margaret Thatcher: Just like Hawaii... I imagine.
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Soundtracks

Shall We Dance
(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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Disappointing
26 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

I am so disappointed in the film and in the widely talked up performance of Meryl Streep.

This movie was politically shallow, and to think of all the material they had to work with. Sigh......

What a unique, substantive pioneering individual MT was - yet this movie managed to provide no political substance nor enlightenment into the personal struggles and achievements this woman managed to deliver and experienced throughout her journey as the first female leader of a country which at the time was one of the most patriarchal, class based, yet economic leaders of the western world.

It amounts to nothing more than a sexist, try hard attempt at personal biography. Delivering little more than a document on the ravages and sadness that accompanies this vile disease of Alzheimer's.

Where is Stone or Spielberg? This ground breaking woman deserved so much more..........


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