The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady

Blu-ray Disc - 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: Montrél, Québec : Alliance Films, 2012.
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: IRO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

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

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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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Aug 29, 2012

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

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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

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

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"I cannot die washing up a teacup!"

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Aug 29, 2012

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

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

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"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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JOSEPH DENHAM
Feb 06, 2014

This one is poorly written and directed. Meryl Streep's brilliant performance is the only positive aspect of the movie. The movie centers on Thatcher's senile dementia in her old age and erratically takes us back to parts of her earlier life.

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

This film is very much like the flop MARIE ANTOINETTE. It's a blessing that they got Streep involved, as well as the young actress who played the young Maggie because those two deserve credit for bringing a dull script out of its utter boredom. I can understand wanting to show how she is now and bringing her husband into the narrative to express her mental degeneration in a more artistic way, but people aren't fans of Thatcher for her psychological state. As the film itself states, Thatcher didn't want to be someone (a role model, a talking head, and such) so much as she wanted to do something. The things she changed and the actions she took to implement that change -- that is what would have made for an interesting film. THE IRON LADY is merely carefully calculated Oscar bait from honcho Harvey Weinstein and his studio ... and sadly his plan worked.

Maja_0001 Jun 18, 2012

Very good acting - the story line a bit weak - overall interesting take on historical figure.

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britprincess1
Aug 29, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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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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