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The Iron Lady [DVD]

Meryl Streep , Jim Broadbent , Phyllida Lloyd    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Alexandra Roach, Anthony Head
  • Directors: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Writers: Michael Hirst
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004U5BXK2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,759 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Phyllida Lloyd, who directed Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!, takes a less exuberant tack in this unexpectedly poignant biopic. In the script, written by Shame's Abi Morgan, Lloyd depicts the elderly Dame Thatcher (Streep in a thoroughly convincing performance) as a frail figure replaying key moments in her life while her mind still continues to function. Her trajectory begins with grocer Alfred Roberts (Downton Abbey's Iain Glen), who became the mayor of Grantham, instilling in his daughter, Margaret (Alexandra Roach), a passion for politics. After graduating from Oxford, she felt ready to enter the fray, at which point she met Denis Thatcher (Harry Lloyd), who cheered her along on the road from Parliament to 10 Downing Street, where they lived during her time as Britain's first female prime minister (Jim Broadbent portrays the grey-haired and ghostly Denis). While closing mines, dodging IRA hits, and overseeing a war, the blue-clad titan built alliances with Airey Neave (Nicholas Farrell) and Geoffrey Howe (Anthony Head), but she would lose them both. If her will was strong, she had no time for feminine niceties like conciliation and forgiveness. The film goes on to suggest that she never cultivated the kinds of female friendships that might have sustained her in retirement, though her daughter (Tyrannosaur's Olivia Colman) did what she could. Instead, Denis remained her closest confidante until his departure, after which she had nothing but fading memories. The upshot is an uneasy combination of admiration for her leadership qualities and disappointment in her interpersonal skills. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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The Iron Lady [DVD] [DVD] (2012) Meryl Streep; Jim Broadbent; Olivia Colman

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114 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Portrayal 6 April 2012
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I can't understand all the negative reviews for this film. I can only assume that people are writing out of bitterness for what Thatcher did whilst in Government, or bitterness that she's been portrayed with a weakness by the film. At its core, this movie isn't about party politics, or policy decisions, or whether what Thatcher did was right or wrong - it makes no judgements at all - but rather it is about Margaret Thatcher as a woman and as a human being.

The story is focused on a present day Margaret Thatcher, suffering from mild dementia and portrayed as a woman somewhat out of her time period. Through her illness, she experiences flashbacks of her past and her rise and fall in politics. We see her go from promising young politician from an ordinary background, to a female MP trapped in the world of men, to a pioneering Prime Minister, to someone who has been in power too long and begins to lose her way.

Whatever you might think of Margaret Thatcher and her Government, the point of this film is to portray the woman as honestly as possible and, for the most part, it achieves that. It isn't a Conservative, Liberal or Labour fuelled film and it isn't anti or pro Maggie. It allows the viewer to make up their own mind.

The key to the movie is the older present day Maggie. We see a woman suffering from dementia and virtually alone. She has a slightly wayward daughter and a son who doesn't give a damn about her - symptoms of a life putting politics first. Meryl Streep's portrayal is exquisite. For most of the film, and particularly the modern day segments, you'll often forget that this is even an actress playing a part and get sucked in entirely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of good plastic 2 Aug 2013
By bernie VINE VOICE
This film had a great title and great actors and lots of money thrown at it. So what went wrong? What went wrong, is that someone does not know how to make a movie. You might think that they were trying to be artsy-fartsy; however I think it was a thorough lack of movie making skills.

For those who lived through the era they would be disappointed because nothing of any interest or any of the special highlights of Margret's life was displayed. I personally did not mind what was not shown. It was their hodgepodge chopped up moved back and forth through time inconsistent nonsense that not only ruined this film but any film they would've made on any subject. I put the blame squarely on Phyllida Lloyd - Director, Abi Morgan - Writer (screenplay), Damian Jones - Producer, Elliot Davis - Cinematographer, Thomas Newman - Composer, Simon Elliott - Production Designer, and Justine Wright - Editor.

To keep you from having to guess what I'm talking about and actually watch snippets of this movie I'll tell you. As filler it shows a ditzy old Margret played by Meryl Streep who flashes back in time to have the real story "snippets of her life" displayed played by Alexandra Roach. Alexander does all the real parts in Meryl Streep gets the "Saturday Night Live parts."
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Once Is Enough 29 April 2012
By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The acting in "The Iron Lady" is superb. Merle Streep brings Margaret Thatcher to life, visually vocally and in spirit. Jim Broadbent, as her husband Dennis, is a performance to match and enhance Streep's own. The blending of the roles of Alexandra Roach and Harry Loyd as the young Margaret and Dennis with the later manifestations is seamless.

The story itself recalls memories, even to Americans, of the Falklands War and introduces us to some of the controversies Thatcher's policies engendered in Britain. I am sure that British memories would be stimulated much more than Americans.

I found the focus on Thatcher's presumed dementia to be a distraction from the film. It is the milieu in which the life-long love story between Maggie and Dennis is presented, but I still find that detracts from the power of the film. The real story of Margaret Thatcher is the story of her active life, her life of struggle for the British people and the Free World, not the story of an elderly woman in decline. If a movie of Ronald Reagan purported to present his life but focused on his final years I would find it offensive. I feel the same about Lady Thatcher. This film makes me want to know more about her and read her books, but I think it will be awhile before I watch this movie again.
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looking Back in Sorrow or Anger? 8 Jan 2012
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
Meryl Streep lives up to expectations with her strikingly accurate recreation of Margaret Thatcher, at least as she has appeared in the media. It is interesting to be reminded of the violence of the 1980s - the Poll Tax riots, the IRA hunger strikers and bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton, the bitter Miners' Strike, the tensions and mishaps of the Falklands War offset by the exaggerated euphoria over the eventual victory. However, all this is covered so quickly that I am not sure what those too young to remember will make of it.

The best yet most controversial aspect of this film is the portrayal of the former Prime Minister as an old lady suffering from dementia, often imagining that her husband Denis is still alive, a dramatic ploy for remembering her past life and revealing her personality through imaginary exchanges with him, ably although perhaps too sympathetically portrayed by Jim Broadbent.

These scenes of dementia about a person still living left me feeling a little uneasy. Perhaps they are based on a recent book by Carol Thatcher, but I understand the family has not given their approval for the film. Maybe the "Anyone for Denis?" stage show paved the way for this kind of intrusion into their lives. I noticed that Mark Thatcher has a remarkably low profile in the story, possibly with avoidance of lawsuits in mind.

There is perhaps too much focus on Thatcher as an elderly lady, giving too little time to develop past events. The process by which she becomes Prime Minister is rushed through, perhaps so as not to bore the audience. Some important aspects of her premiership are neglected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
I thought that this DVD was even better than when saw it at the Cinema I loved it I was so.pleased
Published 22 days ago by Mr Terry Parsons
1.0 out of 5 stars The Iron Lady
Although I absolutely like Meryl Streep, this film was more than boring
Will advice people not to watch it, sorry!
Published 1 month ago by toety edwards-hofman
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done
A very well done, interesting and enjoyable DVD. A close likeness to Margaret Thatcher's character and mannerisms. A typically good performance from Meryl Streep.
Published 1 month ago by M. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into a very significant person
Meryl Streep's perfomance as Margaret Thatcher is absolutely terrific. She sounds like her, she walks like her, she looks like her and she discloses her to us with great subtlety... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aletheuon
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic DVD in Fantastic Condition
I bought a 'used' version of the DVD and was expecting some scratches etc. but was pleasantly surprised as the cover and the disk its self were in brand new condition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stefan Lyko
5.0 out of 5 stars thrown away
delivery fine. arrived on time in good condition, but in the end it is one of those films you will only watch once
Published 2 months ago by Andy S
5.0 out of 5 stars How Mighty we were, however high we flew, we have to get back to our...
Alzheimers and Dementia are horrid things to come face to face with.
It knows no difference between Kings or Beggars.
A sad end for once such a capable lady. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C.M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Very good film. I was however a little disappointed that the writers did not include any car chases, explosions or gratuitous sex scenes... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fad
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Maggie
What a stirring story. I was there back in the 80s. The film, in my opinion, portrays the events and the atmosphere of the time frighteningly accurately. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Hypercritical
4.0 out of 5 stars The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep gives an extraordinary rendition of this charismatic and hard working leader. I don't think Britain will ever see the likes of such a leader again.
Published 4 months ago by Hilary Roberts
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