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The Falklands Play (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 10 April 2002
On April 2, 1982, Britain went to war to regain the Falkland Islands. This movie is a gripping account of how Prime Minister Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP's government handled the biggest ... See full summary »


Michael Samuels


Ian Curteis




Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Hodge ... Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP (Prime Minister)
James Fox ... Rt Hon Peter, 6th Baron Carrington KCMG MC (Foreign Secretary)
John Standing ... Rt Hon William Whitelaw CH MC MP (Home Secretary)
Michael Cochrane ... Rt Hon Nicholas Ridley MP (Financial Secretary to the Treasury)
Jeremy Child ... Rt Hon Francis Pym MC MP (Lord President of the Council / Foreign Secretary)
Rupert Vansittart ... Sir Robert Armstrong (Cabinet Secretary)
Jonathan Coy ... Richard Luce MP (Minister of State, Foreign Office)
Clive Merrison ... Rt Hon John Nott MP (Secretary of State for Defence)
Peter Blythe ... Rt Hon Sir Michael Havers QC MP (Attorney-General)
Jeremy Clyde ... Sir Nicholas Henderson (HM Ambassador to the United States)
Colin Stinton ... Alexander Haig (US Secretary of State)
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ... Adm. Sir Henry Leach (First Sea Lord)
Anthony Calf ... Robin Fearn (Head of Falkland Islands Department, Foreign Office)
Jasper Jacob Jasper Jacob ... John Wilkinson MP (Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Nott)
Richard Cordery ... Tom Enders (US Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs)


On April 2, 1982, Britain went to war to regain the Falkland Islands. This movie is a gripping account of how Prime Minister Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP's government handled the biggest crisis in British foreign affairs since the Suez Canal. It tells the story of how Argentina, an ally of the British, fought the Conservative government and invaded the Falklands. This play charts the backroom maneuverings between Thatcher's government and the military, between the British and the Americans, and the Americans and the Argentinians that led to a breakdown in diplomacy, to war, and to Britain's eventual victory. Written by Alistair Jackson <ajackson@msn.com>

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A version of the script, featuring much of the same cast, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2002 around the time this movie aired. See more »


[speaking in the House of Commons]
Rt Hon John Nott MP (Secretary of State for Defence): When one stops a dictator, there are always risks. But there are far greater ones in *not* stopping one.
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Crazy Credits

The first names of Nicholas Ridley and Jeanne Kirkpatrick were mis-spelled as Nicolas and Jeane in the closing credits. See more »


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Sit back and enjoy - the acting, settings, and the intensity
22 October 2012 | by mark-sheriffSee all my reviews

To state that this is a 'political drama', would fail to transfer an understanding of the feast of entertainment, excitement (even though we know the conclusion), and insight, into how the 'powers' interact, during an escalation to war.

The acting is of the highest order...... you truly believe that these are the people, and this is how they behaved (Hodges Thatcher is remarkable). Add this to a plot that fiction could never match, and you are likely to be hooked from the opening scene.

With caution, I would also suggest that this drama does bring history to the viewer, in a way the BBC seems to constantly excel at. Much of the script is taken from hansard (parliamentary transcripts), contemporary diaries, and news reports..... the drama didn't need to be invented.

One or two earlier reviewers felt that it was a historical distortion, however, in my opinion, they are still grinding axes.

So yes.... do bear in mind that in the years running up to the crisis, perhaps the Brits took their eye off the Falklands (though this is outside the remit of this play).

Also yes.... there was the major incident 'sinking of the Belgrano', that in real life, was controversial. However, I believe the play portrayed the genuine view of the decision makers: 'destroy it, before it destroys us'.... a view held by the majority of the UK population (I would suggest).

As for the suggestion that 'Thatcher would never have ranted against Argentina to the US', I find beyond belief. That's exactly how she behaved, and she was famous for it AND by the way, it is portrayed marvelously in this play, with the joy of historical posturing so well done.

If you get the chance...... watch it!

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