The Iron Lady

January 13th, 2012

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The Iron Lady

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A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.3/10 (13,227 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant

Tells the story of 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 insightful portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman.

Meryl Streep - Margaret Thatcher
Jim Broadbent - Denis Thatcher
Susan Brown - June
Alice da Cunha - Cleaner
Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Susie
Iain Glen - Alfred Roberts
Alexandra Roach - Young Margaret Thatcher
Victoria Bewick - Muriel Roberts
Emma Dewhurst - Beatrice Roberts
Olivia Colman - Carol Thatcher
Harry Lloyd - Young Denis Thatcher
Sylvestra Le Touzel - Hostess 1949
Michael Culkin - Host 1949
Stephanie Jacob - Female Guest 1949
Robert Portal - Grey Suited Guest 1949

Taglines: Never compromise


Official Website: Official site [France] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 13 January 2012

Filming Locations: Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $220,409 (USA) (1 January 2012) (4 Screens)

Gross: $24,656,260 (USA) (19 February 2012)

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Did You Know?

On the nightstand early in the film in Thatcher's apartment is a book on Bismarck, who was known as the 'Iron Chancellor'.

Factual errors: The composer's name of "Norma", the opera Margaret and Denis watch in theatre and whose aria "Casta Diva" is widely used in the movie score, is 'Vincenzo Bellini' (cv) not Francesco Bellini as it is shown on the booklet framed.

Alexander Haig: Let's face it. The Falkland islands are thousands of miles away; not many of your people there; of no social or economic importance...
Margaret Thatcher: Like Hawaii, you mean?

User Review

Meryl Streep gives a spectacular performance in a flawed, but great biopic

Rating: 9/10

Before viewing, "The Iron Lady", I didn't really know much about Margaret Thatcher. Other than she was the prime minister of England for 11 years, she was a very controversial figure and still is to this day. So I was really interested to see the film and I decided to visit the WGA screening.

Now let me begin by saying, Meryl Streep embodies Margaret Thatcher. She doesn't just look like her, but she talks like her, her facial expressions are spot on. Meryl Streep becomes Margaret Thatcher. I would be shocked if she doesn't win an Oscar for this performance. The supporting cast is good too, Jim Broadbent gives an excellent performance, everyone is just great.

However aside from the top notch acting, the movie had a few flaws. The story was uninteresting at times, the flashback scenes were a bit muddled and a little confusing. The movie felt a little too safe, it tried too hard, not to be controversial. Although I don't entirely blame the film itself for that. Margaret Thatcher was such a decisive person, that whichever side the film picked, it would be criticized by a lot of people. I guess the film ultimately achieved the goal.

I also liked the movie didn't dwell too much on the politics, but on the character of Margaret Thatcher. We see the human side of The Iron Lady herself, beyond all the partisan politics and rumors, we get to see a very personal and sad side of her. The subplot focusing on Thacther's grief over her husband's death, as the older version battles with hallucinations and an unwillingness to let go of her dear Denis are heartbreaking.

Overall the movie was really well done, but just shy of greatness. Meryl Streep's performance and the supporting cast, truly elevates the film into a great biopic. Although I wished a little more time was spent on focusing on her political life, the movie successfully showed a deep and moving side of the prime minister. Which a lot of biopics fail to do. Whatever your opinions might be on Margaret Thatcher, don't fault the movie because of the opinion. And I highly respect Phyllida LLoyd, Meryl Streep, Abi Morgan and others for trying to portray such a decisive and highly controversial figure.

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