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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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$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

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 »

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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 »

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Margaret Thatcher: Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. What we think, we become. My father always said that. And I think I am fine.
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Referenced in Filmselskabet: Episode #1.6 (2012) 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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A wonderful study of declining years.
10 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I watched the Iron Lady last night and quite frankly I am amazed at some of the reviews which state that the film is a disappointment despite an outstanding performance from Meryl Streep. Firstly, I really don't think that this film is about politics and naturally all those who viewed it expecting to see a retrospective of Margarets time as PM would be disappointed. But the film is about life. All of us could,in time , suffer in the same way. The film is clearly about the ravages of old age on a person who literally was a giant among men. She had to fight at every turn for her principles and whether you agreed with them or not she had more courage than most. The greatest compliment I can make about this film is that from the first few minutes I was not watching Meryl Streep but Thatcher herself as her performance is truly amazing. It isn't the fact that it is an impression as some have said it is the subtle nuances - movement of the head, a slight cough, a look etc. It isn't surprising that she has been Oscar nominated for this performance and in my view she will win hands down. If you want to see a well constructed study of life in decline go see this film but if you're looking for a biopic of her life in power don't bother.


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