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The French Lieutenant's Woman is poised to tackle the Iron Lady in a dramatisation of the 17 days leading up to the 1982 Falklands War, the Hollywood Reporter suggests. Meryl Streep is "in talks" to play Margaret Thatcher in the Film4/Pathe* collaboration, dubbed Thatcher, with Jim Broadbent also discussing the possibility of …

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Nononono

Alan Rickman needs to play the head baddie: Rupert Murdoch.

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Alternative title...?

Maggie Mia...?

MW

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Anonymous Coward

Just the days leading up to the war

And miss out the bit that tells how the Americans win it?

Surely not

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Actually...

... I remember speaking a few years later to somebody who had been there with the RN. He said that it had been, "An absolute shambles and if it hadn't been for the Yanks we'd have been stuffed."

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Actually also...

I was chatting to an ex-USN officer a couple of years ago who distinctly remembers intense gunnery drill as his ship sailed with some alacrity in the general direction of the Falklands in May 1982. That they turned around before they arrived at their ordered destination was primarily due to the rapid conclusion of the land battle.

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Casting

Benicio del Toro as Pinochet? I reckon not. Philipe Noiret would have been a shoo-in for the role, had he not preceded the dictator to the grave by a fortnight or so. A nice irony too, given Noiret played Neruda in Il Postino.

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Ah, but will she be peeling an orange?

As she did in her triumphant role as Mrs. Arthur Scargill?

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Thatcher Thatcher Milk Snatcher

Wasn't there a playground song just slighty before my time called "Thatcher Thatcher Milk Snatcher" or something? That would make a good song! Ha!

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Megaphone

BBC to appease the Tories

...Should have been the headline.

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@BBC to appease the Tories

No chance - more likely to be the opposite>

Immediately before the Falklands was a time of recession & high unemployment. Opinion polls suggested that the general public perceived her as the worst Prime Minister in British history.

It was only after she (virtually) invited Argentina to occupy the Falklands that she gained the backing ('leader at war' syndrome).

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Would that be the same ...

..... leader at war syndrome that worked so brilliantly in favour of Messrs Blair and Brown ?

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It didn't work for Blair and Brown

because they _were_ the worst leaders in history.

Brown especially- as Chancellor and PM he did more bad than Thatcher could have tried to.

This play sounds like a good thing to go see!

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Ding! Ding!

I want to get off this planet.

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One to wait for

There are innumerable US politicians who have made a career of playing Ronald Reagan--pity that'll be at best a bit part.

As for the musical numbers, may I suggest "Don't Cry for Sheep, Argentina"? Or maybe "They Can't Take that Away From Me" (The days we ran on coal/The time we got Graf Spee/The memory of all that...).

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Thatcha!

Rejoice!

Rejoice!

My career is saved

by the argie battleship

sent below the waves

Gotcha!

Gotcha!

I have no regrets

about my brave boys

killed by french exocets

Victory!

Victory!

I have no time for whiners

i'll march on at home

and go thrash the miners

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Musical options

what about "The Fletcher Memorial Home" ? Too obvious? Might make for a short film too I guess.

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Unfortunate

"If Streep signs on the dotted line, she'll be reunited with director Phyllida Lloyd"

Phyllida?! Sounds itchy.

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I think you've got things the wrong way around.

Get Alan Rickman as Pinochet, not Galtieri - the latter could be played by Geoffrey Rush. Both actors look like the dictators in question.

As for playing Murdoch, all you need is a puppet from Spitting Image to get that rubbery look.

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Meryl to tackle Margaret

From the title it sounds so so promising. Then you realise it's got nothing to do with ladies rugby!

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For the definitive take on the cock-ups leading up to the war:

"Military Intelligence Blunders and Cover-ups" by Colonel John Hughes-Wilson. £6.69 from Amazon.

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Falklands, the musical

Sort of been done already, by Steve Bell the Guardian cartoonist and a cast of penguins.

It was noted for a massive heap of penguin guano called "Paramount", which explained Thatchers quote: "the interests of the Falkland islanders are paramount"

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In The Loop

I can't wait ... for the scenes where Maggie threatens to cut of their dangley bits.

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Better casting

Sharon Stone reenacting her finest moment from 'Basic Instinct' showing how Thatcher charmed Reagan with Jedward to play the Thatcher twins. Graham Norton to host the inevitable BBC talent search programme.

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Theres already been a musical hasn't there?

'visualized' by the great Steve Bell..

'FOoooortress falklands where the cash goes pouring down the drain, where the sound of sheep will stop you sleep' ( all i can vaguely remember)..

Still , meryl streep as thatch , that does sound very 'comic strip'..

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Comedy?

I don't know why people think it should be a comedy. There was nothing amusing about trying to run a business during the Friedmanite hag's economic experiment. I didn't notice people laughing when their mortgage payments doubled and then doubled again within a few months, or when unemployment ramped up to several million. Export industries weren't rolling in the aisles while she held the pound at $2.40 and made it impossible to sell anything overseas. I imagine the banks didn't chuckle either, with the numbers of people just abandoning their homes, though the fly builders probably grinned as they looted newly-foreclosed properties and ripped the bathroom fittings out. Even, I would think, genuine Friedmanites would pause at the way this supposed small-government conservative left office with the total tax burden, as a percent of GNP, several points higher than when she came in.

I hope the movie is a serious hatchet job, as serious as the hatchet job she did on the British economy. It needs to be recorded for posterity. It might help prevent the greater tragedy of a new generation of since-borns picking up the right-wing nostalgia and ignorantly repeating the same mistakes.

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Brilliantly expressed...

...if I may say so.

I have my "Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead" T-shirt ready. I'm determined that when the evil crone finally snuffs it they don't turn her into some kind of national hero.

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I'm guessing you're not a fan then :-)

each to their own I guess.

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PT

Re: I'm guessing you're not a fan then :-)

That would put me in the large majority, then. At the time General Galtieri saved her ass, Thatcher and her government were enjoying the lowest approval ratings (25% and 18% respectively) since opinion polls began. The wave of jingoism that is presumably the subject of this film pushed her up enough to win the next election, but she was ignominiously sacked by her own party to avoid a Tory holocaust in the one after.

I guess you had to be there to understand.

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@PT

"The wave of jingoism that is presumably the subject of this film pushed her up enough to win the next election, but she was ignominiously sacked by her own party to avoid a Tory holocaust in the one after."

Interesting - according to you we had a parliament that lasted without a general election for 9 years from 1983 to 1992. The "next election" (the one after the Falklands war) was in 1983, Thatcher stood down 7 years after that (in 1990), and the election following that - the first one in which she didn't lead the Tories - was in 1992. But it was not possible for a parliament to last for more than 5 years without a general election.

Your idiotic rants might carry a bit more weight if you bothered to check your facts before spewing out your drivel. It is quite clear from the dates quoted above that there must have been a general election some time in 1987 or 1988 (in fact it was in 1988) and that far from being as you claim sacked by her own party to avoid defeat in that election she led the party to victory in it.

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I vote for a musical!

After all, it worked for "Keating!"

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I vote for a musical too

'Springtime for Margaret'

Where's Mel Brooks when you need him?

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Comic strip already did it

They did a show about Hollywood's version of the miners' strike, with Al Pacino as Arthur Scargill and Meryl Streep as Maggie.

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