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The Iron Lady


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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown, Alice da Cunha
  • Directors: Phyllida Lloyd
  • Writers: Abi Morgan
  • Producers: Adam Kulick, Anita Overland, Cameron McCracken, Colleen Woodcock, Damian Jones
  • Format: DVD-Video, NTSC
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: April 10 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0076BOLGK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,006 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L. Power HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 13 2012
Format: DVD
When I think about this movie I am filled with a sense of inner conflict.

On the one hand I am highly impressed with Meryl Streep's performance, for which she has at long last and deservedly won her third Academy Award after a 30 year gap, and after being nominated for the Academy Award a record seventeen times.

Once every two years she is nominated for an Academy Award. Only Katharine Hepburn has more with four.

Other directors have made movies about our leading political figures. Often these movies are not flattering portraits. Oliver Stone made a satirical comedy about G W Bush, which I found highly entertaining, somewhat of a caricature. Michael Moore made a far more scathing movie Fahrenheit 911. Then we have Primary Colors where where John Travolta played a played a Presidential candidate much like president Clinton. Stone also directed Nixon, a somewhat sympathetic picture of a character many regarded as villainous. Even though these portraits were not flattering you could detect some love or least amusement for the subject.

Now with Iron Lady, we have a movie which defines its subject through the lens of disease, presumably Alzheimer's, although it never states the exact disease. The movie starts out promisingly enough with Thatcher, the grocers daughter, buying a bottle of milk, unrecognised and confused at a local grocery store.

Streep conveys every nuance of Thatcher extremely well. The actor truly becomes the character, capturing, the tone, the accent, the gestures, the body language impeccably.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 11 2012
Format: DVD
Meryl Streep stars in this bio pic of Margaret Thatcher as the elderly lady, suffering from dementia, remembers key moments of her past. We see young Margaret, a grocer's daughter, in her first political campaign, when she meets her beloved husband (later played by Jim Broadbent), and her eleven years as Prime Minister with its struggles and triumphs; but mostly, we see her deteriorating health and increasing frailty.

I was absolutely stunned by Streep's impersonation of Thatcher; aided by incredibly believable make-up, she looks and sounds just like her and gives a thrilling performance. It is an example of the finest acting and I'm glad she was rewarded with an Oscar, but I wish the role had been played by a British actress instead. Jim Broadbent, as Denis Thatcher, plays his usual, jovial character and, while very likable, reminded me of silly Horace Slughorn from `Harry Potter.'

The script was underwhelming in scenes depicting Thatcher's public life, but it was excellent in the very moving scenes of her current life as a delicate, rather pathetic, old lady. All in all, I enjoyed it but think it could have been better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 18 2012
Format: DVD
As someone who has considerable respect for the historical and political achievements of Dame Thatcher, I found this movie to be a fitting tribute to her life. While the acting talent of Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent as the two main stars in this 'biopic', make this movie a winner, there are other features that make it stand out. One, it provides some useful insights into who Thatcher was and what she became long before the Russians nicknamed her "The Iron Lady". She is cast as an individual who had a vision to become successful the old-fashioned way: hard work, honesty, decency, and determination. Two, the film provides a decent description of the obstacles she had to overcome in order to stand out in a predominately male world. Three, the viewer gets to see how Thatcher catapulted on to the political stage as a seemingly sibylline figure with a timely message for a failing British society: less government, more personal initiative. Four, the film, while hallmarking her successes in getting Britain back to respectability internationally, offers us a sobering glimpse at her downside. She could be mean, churlish, stubborn and hard-bitten in how she chose to deal with colleagues within her cabinet. When her monetarist policies started to backfire in 1990, the caucus turned on her as it did with Heath back in 1977. Five, Thatcher is the narrator in the story who is reflecting on those halcyon days when nothing could go wrong because her beloved husband Denis was beside her and the British people were buying into her privatization schemes. Tragically, her retrospective view has become befuddled by early onset dementia. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to get a good overview on the life of a very clear-thinking but stubborn leader who came along at the right time and exited because of her unwillingness to change over public policy. I, also, recommend the second volume in her autobiography, "The Downing Street Years".
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By Canuck Teach on July 13 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Slow, slow, low - meandering.. I don't get it.. great acting by Streep, as usual, but the script is a dud.
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Meryl Streep is a great actress but we only watched the first 20 minutes or so.
I didn't like the stepping back and forth. Wasn't very enjoyable but some might like it.
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By UnderGrace on Jan. 13 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm sure that a great deal of artistic liberty was taken for this movie. However, I liked the respectful humanising of Margaret Thatcher and her family. And well, Meryl is Meryl.
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