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The Iron Lady (2011)

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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 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

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Taglines:

Never compromise

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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12 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

La dama de hierro See more »

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Box Office

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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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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Trivia

Meryl Streep earned $1,000,000 for her work in this film, however, she donated her entire salary to the Women's History Museum. See more »

Goofs

Airey Neave's Vauxhall Cavalier was blue, not red. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Thatcher: Sink it!
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Connections

Spoofed in The Iron Lady Garden: Lady Is for Turning (2012) See more »

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1812 Festival Overture, Op. 49
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"Exquisite - a deeply touching picture that has more to do with just politics"
18 January 2013 | by rocco-campanaroSee all my reviews

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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