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Margaret (2009)

Margaret Thatcher's final days as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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James Kent

Writer:

Richard Cottan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Allam ... John Wakeham
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... John Sergeant
Charlotte Asprey ... Caroline Stephens
Elizabeth Bennett Elizabeth Bennett ... Sue Mastriforte
Martin Chamberlain Martin Chamberlain ... Nigel Lawson
Michael Cochrane ... Alan Clark
Oliver Cotton ... Michael Heseltine
Alan Cox ... Gordon Reece
Dermot Crowley ... Airey Neave
Nicholas Day ... Cranley Onslow
Lindsay Duncan ... Margaret Thatcher
Julian Firth ... Norman Lamont
James Fox ... Charles Powell
Robert Hardy ... Willie Whitelaw
Guy Henry ... Tristan Garel-Jones
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Margaret Thatcher's final days as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 2009 (UK) See more »

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Demir leydi See more »

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Trivia

The real No. 10 Downing Street was decorated by Steve Hunt, his first job after leaving school. The entrance hall behind the famous No. 10 front door is blue in the film, but was really painted red, which Margaret Thatcher did not like, since it is the traditional colour for the opposition Labour Party. The main staircase was painted in a stippled yellow glaze, not beige-pink like in the film. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film any time a telephone rang a soft electronic warble ring was used. Yet all telephones seen throughout the production are BT/GPO standard issue (of the day) Type 706's which had a mechanical bell ringer. See more »

Quotes

[Michael Heseltine has phoned Geoffrey Howe, ostensibly to say how sorry he is that Howe is resigning as Foreign Secretary. Having done this, he gets onto the real purpose of the phone call - a leadership challenge]
Michael Heseltine: [diffidently] Were I to stand... I mean, were that eventuality to arise... could I, would I be able to count on your support?
Geoffrey Howe: Michael, I think my position is probably best left... uncluttered by commitments of that kind.
Michael Heseltine: Of course.
[long pause]
Geoffrey Howe: Although... Should I have any further ...
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1 March 2010 | by bob998See all my reviews

People who live in North America were intrigued by the rise of Margaret Thatcher. She seemed to break all the rules for success in politics: she was rigid, not pliable; she never listened, only told people what was going to happen. This approach led to three successive majority governments, but led also to resentment and finally open revolt in the ranks of her party. She was forced to resign because her fellow Tories wanted her out. At one point, late in the film, she asks if she could turn over leadership of the party to someone more popular with the rank-and-file, so she could get on with the job of running the country. That is how much she had lost touch with day-to-day reality.

Lindsay Duncan does a splendid job playing Thatcher. She has the hectoring tone down pat, but relieves it with more intimate, warmer moments. The cabinet looks like a series of gargoyles on the facade of a cathedral--the actor playing Rifkind looks like a toucan in profile, while the rest look either thuggish or pitiable. One of them even bursts into tears when confronted by Thatcher, to her irritation. This TV docudrama can be recommended enthusiastically to all non-British viewers.


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