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The Iron Lady

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Title: The Iron Lady
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2012]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: making The iron lady; featurettes: Recreating the young Margaret Thatcher ; Battle in the House of Commons; Costume design: pearls and power suits; Denis: the man behind the woman.
Also issued as part of a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with issue nos. WC24713 (disc label) and BD24717 (container) and UPC 013132471792.
Summary: 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.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for some violent images and brief nudity.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Award winner, 2012 - Best actress (Meryl Streep).
Statement of Responsibility: the Weinstein Company/Yuk Films ... [et al.] present in association with Goldcrest Film Production LLP ; a DJ Films production ; directed by Phyllida Lloyd ; screenplay by Abi Morgan ; produced by Damian Jones
Credits: Director of photography, Elliot Davis ; editor, Justine Wright ; music by Thomas Newman.
Performers: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Roger Allam, Susan Brown, Nick Dunning, Nicholas Farrell, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Head, Harry Lloyd, Michael Maloney, Alexandra Roach, Pip Torrens, Julian Wadham, Angus Wright.
System Details: DVD, region 1, Dolby Digital 5.1, anamorphic widescreen presentation (2.35:1)
Other Language: English dialogue with optional Spanish subtitles; optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject Headings: Great Britain Politics and government 20th century Drama. Prime ministers Great Britain Drama. Thatcher, Margaret Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Fiction films.
Historical films
Biographical films
Feature films.
Topical Term: Prime ministers
Publisher No: WC24713
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Apr 04, 2014
  • George Millar rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 02, 2014
  • nallukka rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Despite Meryl Streep taking the script well above and beyond what anyone else could've done and making the character believable and the relationship with her husband being beautifully rendered, the script was pretty atrocious and I still found myself disinterested despite the leader's actual life and turmoil being fascinating in and of itself... I ended up only watching to muse on Streep's talent, as the flashbacks were treated nonsensically and too like a game and the rest...well, the rest was just dull. I can appreciate good actors like anyone-I'd just rather appreciate their skills being put to better use, a better script with better direction specifically. They could have been directly-quotes and settings perfectly matched-factual and it would be less dreary to endure.

Nov 15, 2013
  • joeguy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Another conservative politician gets Alzheimer's. Interesting and noteworthy - but never really addressed.

Oct 31, 2013
  • jrichardson06 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

i'm glad i got this @ redbox instead of spending the $ too see it theaters. worth the watch though

Oct 27, 2013
  • IrishMoon rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It was just ok. From the professional reviews, I expected so much more.

Sep 25, 2013
  • love_my_library_card rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Meryl Streep delivers her usual powerhouse performance, but the script could have been much better. Really; can you name any other movie that chronicles the life of an actual political figure which includes extensive conversations with a dead person? It's an unnecessary blending of biography with fiction.

Feb 14, 2013
  • Quimeras rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

“The Iron Lady” uses Thatcher’s marriage as the vehicle to give us a look into the private life of England’s former prime minister. It seems odd to me that the film would take this approach since she is clearly portrayed as being estranged from her family. So, in the end, she remains as much of an enigma to us as she was to them. Also, the movie has a dizzying effect as it jumps too often from past to present. Overall, “The Iron Lady” has a really good cast (Meryl Streep is always great!) and we do get bits of Margaret Thatcher’s personal and political life; the rest you will have to research on your own.

Feb 04, 2013
  • jmmason rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

We can all acknowledge that Meryl Streep is one of the great drag queens of the ages; be it Julia Child or Margaret Thatcher, this girl really struts her stuff. What sets this movie apart from the rest of the Meryl tales of the Arabian Nights is it's harrowing depiction of the banality of a life. Without the trappings of political powers and global attention, the tragic fact is that no one cared a whit about this old woman, who made the mistake of living beyond her usefulness. We all live in denial of that Truth, that we are valuable, that we are wanted. We have to or else we couldn't get out of bed in the morning. Warning, People! Don't get old. Others will resent you for it.

Jan 25, 2013
  • sit_walk rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked it a lot more than I thought I would (not being a fan of M. T.) In some ways it's less about her than it is about marriage, aging, and the barriers that women face in contemporary society. Yep. A decent film.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

A concise biopic of the strong woman who singularly took on the 'Old Boy' establishment in Great Britain, and held office during some very tumultuous times. Viewed in flashback and from the hallucinatory perspective of the elder Thatcher, the content of the film is rather bland and underwhelming. Streep, however, is extraordinary, as usual.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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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