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Margaret Thatcher - The Long Walk to Finchley [DVD] [2008]

Andrea Riseborough , Rory Kinnear    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andrea Riseborough, Rory Kinnear, Geoffrey Palmer, Oliver Ford Davies, Samuel West
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0076D15I0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,793 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This film tells the story of the rise and rise of the iron lady. Beginning on the night she met her husband-to-be Denis, the film tells of the young Margaret Thatcher's steely determination to get selected to a 'winnable' Tory seat in the Fifties and imagines what might have gone on behind the scenes during her ten-year struggle as she was rejected by a succession of five home counties Tory selection committees and finally - against considerable local opposition - selected for the seat she was to be identified with for the rest of her political career - Finchley!This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would you like a lift home . . . in the Jag ? 28 Feb 2009
And so began the enduring and loving relationship between Denis Thatcher and Margaret Roberts, scientist and Conservative candidate for the "Socialist Republic of Dartford" (her words, not mine - I still live there !). Although she managed to greatly reduce the Labour majority there, she struggled to gain a candidacy elsewhere, coming against the old school tie, war medals and blatant sexism, more often than not from other women. Disillusioned, she briefly left politics and started a (instant and perfect - twin boy and girl) family (whilst studying for the bar) but the lure of Parliament was too strong and again she battled the odds on the "long walk to Finchley".

This film is a joy to watch, even for those with no interest in politics. Great chemistry between Riseborough and Kinnear who portray the marriage of Denis and Margaret with great charm and warmth. The discomfort endured by Edward Heath in his dealings with her is often hilarious, though it is pleasing to see him finally come to her aid in the fight for Finchley, the seat that finally gained her entry to the Commons.

You would not readily associate Margaret Thatcher with comedy; this is not slapstick or situation stuff, but a gentle, warm and intelligent film, pure British gold that I highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maggie's Metamorphosis: One Foot in the Door 2 Nov 2011
"The Long Walk to Finchley" gives us a light-hearted take on young Margaret Roberts' determination to stand for a seat in the House of Commons. On the whole I enjoyed the film. Andrea Riseborough acts the part with panache, and she nails that unforgettable voice to such an extent that her portrayal sometimes slips into parody.

And, it seems that parody is what the writers may have had in mind, as the flippant musical score lets us know. Sometimes, in fact, I was under the impression that the story of the Tory politician had been scripted by spin doctors for the Labour Party, because Maggie comes off as a bit of a tartar, not to say a budding banshee, who uses any means--including seizing the opportunity to marry wealthy Denis Thatcher, inveigling him to put her through law school, so that she will become more politically viable in the selection process. The arrival of their twin children is presented as an annoying speed bump on Maggie's road to political power. She even resorts to [gasp!] bleaching her hair, crossing her shapely legs at [tsk-tsk!] Tory Party Headquarters, and batting her eyelashes at [horrors!] Ted Heath, after engaging him in a hot fox trot in which she assures him--in a retrospective overdose of political irony--that she will allow him to lead.

The element of parody also emerges in the portrayals of Samuel West and Geoffrey Palmer. West plays Ted Heath as a Public School twit who would not be out of place snoozing next to Bertie Wooster at the Drones Club. And Palmer, as the Finchley incumbent who is standing down at the next election, huffs and puffs, as he plumbs the lowest depths of political sleaze to prevent 'that harpy' from succeeding him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! 24 Jun 2008
Informative and entertaining. Helps one appreciate how determined the 'iron lady' was to 'get on' and achieve her goal. Occasionally she appears to put her career before her husband and family. A strong woman, I doubt her family were actually ignored, but she was definitely in the limelight, as we all know. Looking back, she was exactly what Britain needed at the time - a kick up the backside, even thought many of us were negative at the time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Was there more to the Thatcher-Heath feud than just political differences? Was there any sort of romance involved? Probably not, the idea seems quite absurd to me. But one should not dwell too long on this matter. This film contains much, much more on how Margaret Thatcher rose to beat rivals and prejudice to be selected as a Conservative candidate for a safe parliamentary seat in the country. The basic facts are right, so you know which obstacles she had to overcome to become an MP. The dialogues may be fictional, but you end up thinking: it could have been somehow like that. The actors play their roles brilliantly. An excellent film, a warm film, entertaining and even fun at times. Thumbs up!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early tale of the late great Thatcher 30 Nov 2013
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See the Young Margaret take on the all-male Tory establishment and knock them for six! With verbal wit and narrative vigour, the film (and Andrea Riseborough's spot-on performance) succeed in making Britain's controversial woman PM much more human and sympathetic than you'd ever imagined her before. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portrayal of Thatcher's early career 24 April 2012
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This film contains many good performances including Samuel West as Heath, but Andrea Risborough as the young Thatcher wins the day. Denis Thatcher is also excellent. The period feel is well captured. An absorbing and touching film that deserves a wider audience. I am happy to recommend it.
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