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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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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

When Airey Neave was assassinated by an INLA car bomb, Margaret Thatcher was nowhere near the Palace of Westminster. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Thatcher: It's time to get up! It's time go to work! It's time to put the great back into Great Britain!
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Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »

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I'm in Love With Margaret Thatcher
(Michael Hargreaves, Kevin Hemingway, Roger Christian Rawlinson, Gary Antony Brown, and Steven Hartley (as Stephen John Hartley))
Published by Copyright Control
Performed by Notsensibles
Licensed courtesy of Notsensibles
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Streep is mesmerizing, the film is not.
27 December 2011 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

There's no doubt about it: Meryl Streep will be nominated for her 17th Academy Award for her portrayal of Britain's most controversial Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, in this otherwise underwhelming biopic. Streep is mesmerizing as usual, but the mode of storytelling employed by screenwriter Abi Morgan and director Phyllida Lloyd – sporadic flashbacks among elongated stretches of following the elderly and mentally fragile Maggie – is a huge misfire. The scenes which recount her path from young adulthood through to local politics and then to her 11 years of turbulent leadership are intriguing, however they are too far and few between to really grip. Sure, it checks off the list as far as famous moments go, but a more in depth insight into how she ran the country would've been nice.


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$220,409, 1 January 2012

Gross USA:

$30,017,992

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,890,699
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Company Credits

Production Co:

DJ Films, Pathé, Film4 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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