The Iron Lady
A surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first 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.
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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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Other: Casual drinking and tobacco smoking (cigars, cigarettes) are seen occasionally.
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.
Sexual Content: A single instance (less than a second long) of topless nudity in the context of a street celebration.
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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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!"
"You'll be fine on your own, love. You always have been."
"I cannot die washing up a teacup!"
"It's time to put the great back into Great Britain."
"If you want to change this party, lead it. If you want to change the country, lead it."
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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A Clip Representative of THE IRON LADY
The film's trailer shows Margaret Thatcher in her rise to power and her actions in office, but this film is almost entirely about her dementia, so I felt this brief film clip with an elderly Maggie dealing with people was more representative of the film.