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The Falklands Play [DVD]

Patricia Hodge , James Fox    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Patricia Hodge, James Fox
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGB0VA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,762 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Patricia Hodge and James Fox star in this BBC political drama. In 1982, Margaret Thatcher's government sent British forces to war to regain the Falkland Islands from occupying Argentinean troops. Four years later, the BBC commissioned a play on the conflict, only for playwright Ian Curteis's work to be shelved, the BBC claiming it had been deferred because of the imminent General Election. Twenty years later, the play was finally produced: an account of how Margaret Thatcher and her government faced the biggest crisis in foreign affairs for a generation.


In 1982 Britain went to war to regain the Falkland Islands. The Falklands Play is a gripping account of how Margaret Thatcher's government handled the biggest crisis in British foreign affairs since Suez. It tells the story of how Argentina - once an ally of Britain's - invaded sovereign British territory.

Ian Curteis' play charts the backroom manoeuvrings between Thatcher's government and the military, between the British and the Americans, and the Americans and the Argentineans that led to a breakdown in diplomacy, to war, and to Britain's eventual victory.

The play was commissioned in 1986 but never filmed until now. Once considered too controversial to film, The Falklands Play is finally available to buy on DVD.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Falkllands Play 16 Dec 2011
In this day and age of cynicism it's refreshing for a film (tele-play?) to tell it how it was. At the end of the day a militaristic dictatorship invaded a peaceful little Island, watched over by a democratic nation. Sorry but those are the facts. This is how it's told. You then throw in a strong, charismatic leader and you've also got a damn good story. Patricia Hodge (I would never have cast her) was marvellous. Anyone wishing to see a balanced view of the conflict should watch this and An Ungentlemanly Act and this presentation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling TV Play 25 Feb 2011
A great TV play which depicts the events leading up to the Falklands war and how then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet handled the conflict and the efforts made by the United States to act as a peacemaker between the Argentinian and British Governments.

The dialogue and drama is very good and edge of your seat stuff at points and is very interesting and detailed as a piece of our modern history.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written, beautifully acted 29 Jan 2009
A remarkable play that tells the story of the Falklands conflict as it was, gripping from the very beginning and with some splendid performances by outstanding actors, in particular Patricia Hodge as the Prime Minister.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fair and exciting account 7 April 2010
It's nice to see a play that portrays a historic event without political bias in any direction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This barely 90 minutes long TV play about Iron Lady and her lieutenants in time of Falklands War is an absolutely extraordinary thing, more tense and dramatic than most action or SF mega-productions! I loved every minute of it and I count it as one of the ABSOLUTELY BEST films about recent history I ever saw.

This film shows, I believe, quite faithfully the events as seen by the Prime Minister and her ministers - the fighting is not shown, except in the news, on the TV screens and sometimes we can read the dispatches and hear the radio communications. The play begins before Argentinian invasion, when first concerns are raised - and from that moment the tension rises and rises, all the way until the last exchange in the Parliament, immediately after Argentinian capitulation.

This play was supposed initially to air in 1986, but because it was showing Margaret Thatcher in a sympathetic light, BBC management (completely dominated by far-left) censored and shelved it - instead, films and plays criticising the war and the Prime Minister were produced... This censorship lasted for sixteen long years! The play finally aired in 2002, only after a campaign of protests...

It is an absolutely REMARKABLE thing, which I recommend with all my heart! A thing to buy, watch, keep and re-watch! ENJOY!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Margaret Takes Charge 2 Nov 2011
Patricia Hodge is formidable in her role as Margaret Thatcher. She portrays the confidence of a woman in utter control, who deftly manages the escalating crisis as Argentina becomes ever more belligerent in its attempts to claim the Falkland Islands, which had been a British dependent territory since 1832. We see Margaret Thatcher at what was arguably the pinnacle of her career, undertaking complex and risky negotiations, finally sanctioning the war as a last resort. Well aware of the consequences, she is, at the same time, stricken by the loss of life, when the casualty lists come in.

Ably supported by an outstanding ensemble cast, Patricia Hodge, a consummate actress, turns in a powerful performance. She makes no attempt to imitate any of Mrs Thatcher's characteristic speech patterns, and perhaps because she is playing for truth of character, rather than imitation, she convinces us absolutely in her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher's statesmanship; her exercise of diplomacy; her frustration over Argentine intransigence and Washington's attempts to straddle the diplomatic fence; her anger over the plight of the Falkland Islanders; her profound sorrow at the deaths of the troops that she has sent to war; and her sincerity in personally writing letters of condolence to each of the families of the fallen.

Even though we know the outcome of the Falklands War, this film is compelling in its suspense as the negotiations unfold.

Highly recommended.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Grippping play 24 Jan 2012
This play was banned by BBC ( or rather they simply would not film the paid for play) .You can see why,it was not made for obvious reasons due to breaking the usual PC Brigade rules as it shows Margaert Thatcher as a human being who makes difficult decisions and produces the right result.
Not being a huge box office movie but a small budget BBC production means the camera and story focusses on the actors .The performances are excellent .Its also worth remembering this was a time before todays communications technology so no satelite pictures etc .

Lets remember Argentina are the baddies and Britain the goodies with the USA finally helping their friends the British after doing their best to prevent war via negotiation but at the end of the day good won over bad .

Not a show that will be broadcast often because as I say it breaks the rule of not hating Mrs Thatcher. The sinking of the Belgrano is simply explained ie Ships can steer so where it is heading is irrelevent. If it was not at sea and threatening the Carriers then no one would have died unfortunately on that ship.
Best buy DVD as it will not be on TV again.

Lastly this is not a movie but a play so there are no action or landscapes its pure actors in rooms acting.

A great play
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inherent in the film were Thatcher's expression that serve to remind...
This was simply very enjoyable. Inherent in the film were Thatcher's expression that serve to remind how fortunate our generation are to live in a world with the rule of law,... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mr. Ian P. Onions
5.0 out of 5 stars A good drama well done
A good drama well done.
Published 18 days ago by Mark Stirling
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
I bought this for my husband to watch while he was recovering from being poorly and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Good acting.
Published 12 months ago by R. J. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Well played & captivating play !
This play is a perfect illustration of the Falklands war decision process on the side of the British. Read more
Published 16 months ago by VERNIER
5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Hodge's portrayal of Margaret Thatcher is brilliant
Now, after ex-P.M Margaret Thatcher's demise, is an excellent time to revisit the drama of 'The Falklands Play. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Pellow
5.0 out of 5 stars Don`t `Hodge` your bets!
Just buy it! Speaking as the author of `The Captain`s Story` a novel about the Royal Navy`s youngest ever Captain`s fight to help win back the Falkland Islands for Britain, and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ray J Cowling
5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Hodge is fabulous
This play is written almost like a docu-drama. It is based almost entirely at number 10 and recounts the build up to the Falklands conflict on an almost daily basis. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nicola J. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent British political drama
Having lived through the drama of that day I felt this brilliantly displayed the political issues of the time. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2012 by John Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars For Hodge Fans
Splendid film. In complete agreement with all previous reviewers and glad to see how much appreciation expressed for that fine actress Patricia Hodge. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2012 by Isobel Abbott
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