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on 2 September 2015
I served in the Falklands War of 1982. It was extremely good to see what was going on in the background in the prelude to the war.

Maggie did have a heart of gold and steel, she loved our people and our way of life.

I really enjoyed the film, it was very well acted and the characters spot on.

I would highly recommend this film as a piece of history.
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on 11 December 2014
Could not visualise Patricia Hodge as Margaret Thatcher but she was utterly brilliant is all respects, even down to the walk! Some of the portrayals of other government officials were equally brilliant. One or two of the lookalikes were so close to the real thing as to be astonishing. The storyline was excellent and it all added together to make an absorbing play. Well deserved 5 Stars.....
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on 25 February 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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on 29 January 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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VINE VOICEon 2 November 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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on 17 August 2014
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, freedom etc.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 September 2011
This is an interesting story of a modern conflict. The acting and script are both fantastic. This was a genuine pleasure to watch, and a great political play. Being a drama seemed to really add an element of gripping interest over a documentary, and I am a lover of a good documentary.

Hard not to love Thatcher in this particular matter, and the principled stance portrayed in this work is done well and comes across as truly admirable. Polarising opinions on The Iron Lady herself aside, this really is good viewing.

As other reviewers have said, this is well worth watching, and at this price what are you waiting for?
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on 16 December 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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on 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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on 12 May 2015
Excellent cast! I found myself remembering the real people from the actors' carefully studied mannerisms. Anyone remember the real John Nott's daily press briefings? Reminiscent of a schoolmaster delivering a dictation exercise to a well-behaved class. The film is a great window on to the tragedy and triumph of the Falklands War.
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