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Margaret [DVD]

Roger Allam , James Kent    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roger Allam, Lindsay Duncan
  • Directors: James Kent
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 10 May 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00395ATTK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,740 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This drama examines Margaret Thatcher's final years in power painting a detailed and compelling portrait of one of the most formidable characters in British politics. The year is 1990 and Thatcher's support within the government is wavering - her hold on the premiership hangs in the balance. Then, long-serving politician Sir Geoffrey Howe resigns over Thatcher's attitude to Europe. His resignation speech sparks a chain of events that leads to the downfall of Britain's first woman prime minister. Featuring flashbacks to Thatcher's challenge of Ted Heath in the 1970s, this modern dramatic tragedy illustrates the strengths and fatal flaws of this iconic woman more clearly than ever before and reveals how the very aspects of her character that helped her secure power are the ones that ensured her downfall.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This drama examines Margaret Thatcher's final years in power painting a detailed and compelling portrait of one of the most formidable characters in British politics. The year is 1990 and Thatcher's support within the government is wavering - her hold on the premiership hangs in the balance. Then, long-serving politician Sir Geoffrey Howe resigns over Thatcher's attitude to Europe. His resignation speech sparks a chain of events that leads to the downfall of Britain's first woman prime minister. Featuring flashbacks to Thatcher's challenge of Ted Heath in the 1970s, this modern dramatic tragedy illustrates the strengths and fatal flaws of this iconic woman more clearly than ever before and reveals how the very aspects of her character that helped her secure power are the ones that ensured her downfall. ...Margaret (2009)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than Thatcher:The Final Days 28 Feb 2010
Format:DVD
This is a stunning piece of television to say the least ! Ian McDiarmand,James Fox and Philip Jackson where especially good.But honors must go to Lindsay Duncan for a stellar performance as the great Iron Lady.It told the dramatic story of Margaret Thatcher's dethronement by her own Party.The locations,filming and editing where 100% perfect and there was a great sense of dramatic tension throughout.The script writer did a superb job telling this compelling tale.

Lindsay Duncan was an ironic choice for the role given her views on our first woman PM but she has given the character a multi-faceted portrayal that avoids being a shrill,comedic parody.Robert Hardy does a fine job as Lord Whitelaw - a distinguished actor playing a distinguished politician.

So this is a great TV movie that Amazon are offering for a very fair price indeed.You do not need to be a student of political history to want to buy this.I have been waiting for this to be out on general release and am pleased that it is on general release.So don't delay - buy today !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd Give this Film Seven Stars If I Could! 2 Nov 2011
By F. S. L'hoir TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"Margaret" is like the final act of a Greek tragedy. The film excels because of the astounding performance of Lindsay Duncan, who endows Margaret Thatcher with a very human dimension.

Yes, she is iron willed at the Despatch Boxes in the House of Commons, giving no quarter to her opponents. But we also see her with her hair down, as it were, confiding her doubts to her dresser Crawfie; sharing her worries with her husband Denis. We see her at her most vulnerable, as she is toppled from the pinnacle of power, falling victim to the underhanded political manoeuvrings among her own cabinet, including Michael Haseltine, who wields the political dagger for his own benefit, and John Major, who with dedicated passivity, opportunely reaps the reward of the Party leadership.

The film is by no means heavy handed; the writers have added just the right amount of humour, as when, in a flashback, Margaret takes speech lessons before a general election, learning, with some difficulty, to modulate her voice so that she will sound like an average member of the electorate. According to the film's scenario, one of Margaret's most annoying characteristics, as far as her male cabinet was concerned, was that she tended to lecture her ministers like a Head Girl or a School Mistress.

Lindsay Duncan's portrayal is three-dimensional; she reserves her 'Margaret voice' for speeches in the House of Commons. Ably assisted by an outstanding ensemble cast, including a cameo performance by Rosemary Leach who plays Queen Elizabeth, Duncan portrays the dedicated Prime Minsister as being both robust in her determination and steadfast in her political ideals. Her initial strength of character renders her near breakdown at the end all the more moving.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling docu-drama 6 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
I watched this on BBC,thought it was superb and was hoping for it to come out on DVD. Very pleased it has.

Lindsay Duncan portrays Mrs Thatcher, the Iron Lady, as her world comes crumbling down around her. Although the story is real it has all the elements of a Shakespearan drama. One of Thatcher's final lines "What shall I do ?" asked to one of her advisors is answered with silence.

What takes this to the next level for me is the script. I could not tell what was actually said and what was scripted. The sets and music also add to the overall experience.

To buy this is money very well spent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force for Lindsay Duncan 20 May 2010
Format:DVD
A remarkable piece of cinema -- well-written, an outstanding cast, good pacing, appropriate music, and a stellar performance by Lindsay Duncan. Duncan manages to invoke in this viewer an understanding of Margaret Thatcher that helps me to relate to her as a human being (for god knows, as a politician, I cannot claim ever having any sympathy). Duncan's performance is nuanced, sensitive, and offers great depth, allowing the viewer an insight into what drove Margaret Thatcher, what haunted her, and how her greatest strengths as a politician held within them elements of perhaps her greatest human weaknesses.

This portrayal of Thatcher has helped me to look upon this M.P.'s role in modern politics and her place in history with a greater respect for the individual woman. This represents quite an achievement indeed, and I have no doubt that the multi-leveled, respectful performance by Lindsay Duncan deserves all the credit for helping me balance the 'black and white' viewpoint I held, seeing the humanity within this formidable force in British politics that is Margaret Thatcher.

Across the board, the actors were superb in this film. It's an ensemble piece that can only work when each holds his or her own. Which all do. Yet it is Lindsay Duncan's performance that stays with me after the film is over. It is truly a tour de force. Lindsay Duncan is an outstanding actress (as is so apparent in her work in Poliakoff's films, especially, (see links below), but playing the part of an actual real-life personage is perhaps the most difficult challenge for an actor, and Lindsay Duncan carries it off in a manner that elevates the film beyond a biopic to the level of a modern Shakespearean tragedy.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars So So Drama
Lindsay Duncan's performance was solid but unfortunatly not believable. I suspect Thatcher was even more Belicose and Bullying that was produced on screen. Read more
Published 11 months ago by geoffjamdan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but a good attempt
Duncan's approach to the character of Thatcher screams with "Yes I am acting at the moment" to me and doesn't come across as realistic at all. Read more
Published 13 months ago by O. Karakaya
1.0 out of 5 stars Lindsay does not cut it
Sorry but Lindsay doesn't convince me in the role at all. She was wrongly cast, in my opinion. The screenplay was also poor. Dialogue forced,
Published 16 months ago by Lee Peachair
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Maggie Thatcher
Very good performance by Lindsay Duncan ably supported by "Big beasts" of the acting world playing "Big beasts" of the political arena!
Published 16 months ago by Dorothy Constant
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and absorbing
This is an excellent drama.

Duncan is superb and I think makes the right decison to not go for a voice impersonation but to try and get to a deeper psychological truth... Read more
Published 17 months ago by ashford
5.0 out of 5 stars Really loved this film
A good cast, well thought out. Lindsay Duncan did a brilliant portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, it was hard to think it was not actually the real Margaret.
Published 17 months ago by jaco
5.0 out of 5 stars Maggie without Meryl
This really is the film that The Iron Lady should have been. The wonderful Lindsay Duncan makes a creditable Thatcher, maybe with more acid than Meryl. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Dr. John F. Porter
4.0 out of 5 stars Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay's performance is easily as powerfull as Meryl Streep's in "The Iron Lady". This is an excellent re-telling of Thatcher's fall from power
Published 22 months ago by Stevet
4.0 out of 5 stars A good BBC drama
Billed by it's makers as remonstrant of that of a Shakespearean tragedy, 'Margaret', the story of Britain's longest-serving prime minister's fall from power, was originally shown... Read more
Published 23 months ago by ReviewBlog51
4.0 out of 5 stars Margaret DVD
Very good series, encapsulates Margaret Thatchers fall from power very vividly, finely juxtaposing it with her rise in the first place. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Soton Saddler
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