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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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (314 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004U5BXK2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,008 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nominated for four BAFTAs including Leading Actress and Supporting Actor, The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep, tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

"The movie event of 2012"--The Mail on Sunday
"Exhilarating"--The Daily Telegraph
"Extraordinary"--The Financial Times

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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

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T Raymar on 4 Feb. 2013
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The disappointing thing about this film is that is seemed to concentrate more on Mrs Thatcher as she is today, which I found to be rather sad. I would have preferred the story to be more about her life as an MP and in particular her time as prime minister. While I didn't agree with a lot of what she did there is no doubt that she was a legend in her time in many ways and indeed the first woman PM.
While it is a fact of life that we will all get old and demented (I am 86) that is not the side of people that we want to see,indeed we should remember people for the great things they did in life, even if we disagreed with them at the time.
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123 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Carl Spencer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Anthony Wilde on 7 May 2012
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In many ways this is a perplexing film. On the one hand we are led to see it as the nostalgic reminiscences of a now lonely old lady with mental health problems. This could and would be touching if that woman were not Margaret Thatcher. If we are given to understand that her life in politics was a cause of her missing so much of life which she now yearns for, then I find it very difficult to sympathise. I can't help thinking of those 100s of young Argentinian and British men and women that had to sacrifice their lives in an unneccessary war so that she might get re-elected. Or the mining communities that were decimated by her arrogant policies. How many lives has this woman blighted? Is it not the case that her policies were the seeds which grew into the tree of unregulated banking greed which ultimately led to the crisis we now all suffer under?

On the other hand it is also an attempt to portray her as succeeding in a man's world against almost overwhelming odds. The truth is that Thatcher succeeded in a man's world by adopting the worst traits of masculinity and getting away with it because she was a woman: belligerence, arrogance, and the cold attempt to seperate the heart from the mind. She has set feminist causes back God knows how many years.

When she accepts Dennis's offer of marriage the young Margaret tells him that she is 'not the kind of woman that can end her life washing cups.' (Or something like this. I have no intention to watch it again.) 'That's why I want to marry you.' Well the final scene shows a frail and lonely Margaret washing her own solitary tea cup with a look of confusion and regret on her face. Poignent? It perhaps could be if again one did not feel that the person who is being depicted is not blame-free.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2012
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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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