The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady

DVD - 2012
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A surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. One of the 20th century's most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world.
Publisher: Beverley Hills, CA : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD IRON 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Iron lady (Motion picture)

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For anyone familiar with this political period in UK, this is an outstanding movie.

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jprophet
Aug 01, 2017

Largely, the movie was disappointing and boring. As some others have noted, it's hard to get through the first 20-40 minutes. If you are looking to focus on the politics of the time, instead you end up with her in old age reflecting back on her life in bits and pieces. At this point in movie history this sort of thing has been so overdone. In terms of dealing with mental illness I got more out of the Notebook--felt this movie was a little too contrived--a clear break between then and now would have been better for this one. The few pieces of politics they did deal with were interesting, but anyone who wants to get a better sense of the character might do better to watch one of the many documentaries on her instead.

It's kind of like a lot of other films. . . How many new recreations of Superman, or Spiderman, etc. do you really need? This subject has had so many films done on it--perhaps an earlier film would better suffice.

Maybe this one was the better version: Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008 TV Movie)

Generally, it looks like some of the "movie for tv" versions did much better.

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chrisbee55
Jul 28, 2017

This was so boring that I quit watching it about 45 minutes in, but I should have packed it in sooner. Meryl is a great actress but the plot line was so boring.

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Cedowns2
Dec 23, 2016

Streep delivers again. She is truly the best actor of our times. I expected a boring, though illuminating, film about MT. But this was warmer and more engaging...not mired down in political maneuvering. You still get all of the historical context - a Cliffs Notes version of Maggie Thatcher's administration.

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vv8
Jul 13, 2015

Meryl Streep's performance was great. Overall, an enjoyable (and sad) look at Margaret Thatcher's life, as seen through flashbacks that she experiences as an elderly woman with dementia.

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marx_bro
Jun 04, 2015

Streep turns-in a great performance as the cold-blooded, heartless bitch that is Margret Thatcher.

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rkelly3344
Feb 10, 2015

Terrible movie. I was looking forward to this movie about a strong accomplished woman. The movie instead was focused on Ms. Thatcher's later years when she was inflicted with dementia which effects millions of people.

Eating a brown paper bag would be more exciting than watching this drab drivel.

d2013 Sep 11, 2014

Meryl Streep performance as Margaret Thatcher was outstanding. She portrays very well Margaret Thatcher 's many sides from wife to woman of power. Well done!

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geomillar
Apr 04, 2014

It's a good film and Meryl Streep does a fine job. Something's missing ... (I just don't know what) ... and that's why I wouldn't want to watch it again.

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rkelly3344
Feb 10, 2015

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually you will run out of other people's money".

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

"You'll be fine on your own, love. You always have been."

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

"I cannot die washing up a teacup!"

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

"It's time to put the great back into Great Britain."

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

"If you want to change this party, lead it. If you want to change the country, lead it."

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Monolith
Jun 03, 2012

Young Margaret (at a dinner party): "So, what I do think, is that a man should be encouraged to stand on his own two feet. Yes, we help people, of course we help people, but for those that can 'do', they must, just, get up and 'do'! And if something's wrong, they shouldn't just whine about it, they should get in there, and DO something about it. Change things!"

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salsabrarian
May 01, 2012

Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become your character. And watch your character for it becomes your destiny. What we think we become.

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

Other: Casual drinking and tobacco smoking (cigars, cigarettes) are seen occasionally.

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Most of the film deals with Thatcher's dementia, and so, these scenes may be confusing or disturbing to those unfamiliar with how mental illness can be portrayed in film. Also, the archival war footage may be distressing to those with a particular sensitivity to violence.

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

Sexual Content: A single instance (less than a second long) of topless nudity in the context of a street celebration.

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

Violence: Archival footage of news segments during wartime are edited into the film, so there are fleeting glimpses of bombs, weapons, dead bodies, etc. SPOILER!!! SPOILER!! SPOILER!! There are also two separate bombing incidents portrayed within the film's narrative that may leave younger viewers with questions.

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

Coarse Language: Barely any. One use of the word "bas**rd".

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

A look back at brief important moments (like an abridged SparkNotes history) of Margaret Thatcher's life through the eyes of her older self as she suffers mental illness in her advanced age and deals with hallucinations of her husband.

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