THE IRON LADY (2012)
THE IRON LADY (2012)
Approx. Running minutes 105
Release dates 06/01/2012
BBFCInsight Contains real images of moderate violence, injury detail and brief nudity
Director(s) Phyllida Lloyd
Cast includes Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Head
Summary THE IRON LADY tells the compelling story of Margaret Thatcher, a woman who smashed through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male-dominated world. The story concerns power and the price that is paid for power, and is a surprising and intimate portrait of an extraordinary and complex woman. The film stars Academy Award-winners Meryl Streep as Lady Thatcher and Jim Broadbent as Denis Thatcher. Their young selves are played by Alexandra Roach and Harry Lloyd. The rest of the cast of family and friends, politicians and advisers, is made up of the very best of British acting talent, including: Olivia Colman, Nicholas Farrell, Susan Brown, Roger Allam, Anthony Head, Julian Wadham, Pip Torrens, Nick Dunning, Richard E Grant, David Westhead, Angus Wright and John Sessions.
Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.
Note: The following text may contain spoilers
THE IRON LADY is a drama about the life of Margaret Thatcher, revisiting in flashback some key events in her political life, including her rise to power, the Falklands War, and the poll tax riots. The film was classified '12' for real images of moderate violence, injury detail and brief nudity.
The film includes news footage from the 1984 Brighton hotel bombing, in which we briefly see a person with bloody injuries on a stretcher. Other news footage shows rioting in the streets with policemen hitting protesters with truncheons, as well as sight of a man face down on the ground with some blood around his head and an apparently injured or dead horse on the ground. The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Moderate violence is allowed but should not dwell on detail. There should be no emphasis on injuries or blood, but occasional gory moments may be permitted if justified by the context'. There is also news footage of two topless women celebrating in public after the Falklands War. The Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Nudity is allowed, but in a sexual context must be brief and discreet'.
The film also contains some mild bad language ('bugger', 'bloody', 'bastards'). There are a few brief scenes of smoking, reflecting the period in which the film is set, but the film as a whole neither glamorises nor promotes smoking and is not aimed at children.
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