IN HER political lifetime, she was the lady who was not for turning.
But now The Iron Lady, in the form of the headlining film on Baroness Thatcher starring Meryl Streep, has not just been turned but pushed backwards.
The new biopic on Britain’s first female Prime minister, should have opened at the Rex Cinema in Elland today.
But screenings of the film will not now start until Friday February 3. And it is all down to the popularity of another blockbuster, War Horse.
Steven Spielberg's equally acclaimed drama of friendship set in World War One, has proved so popular that it is being retained for an unscheduled third week.
“The Walt Disney company, who have released War Horse, were so impressed by last week's attendances that they asked me to hold it for a third week," said the Rex's proprietor Charles Morris.
"It is a testament to the film's quality and appeal,” he said.
“War Horse is appealing to all ages; it is a very moving story and leaves most people with a tear in their eye at the end.
“The Iron Lady is an intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher in her later years, with flashbacks to highlights of her career.
“ It is of equal interest to people of either political persuasion and won't affect their point of view; and the performance by Meryl Streep really is to be savoured."
But Mr Morris also said that he was concerned that he had just issued a new programme for films showing at the Rex and was concerned that the switch might cause confusion.
War Horse continues until February 2 with The Iron Lady finally getting on to the Rex screen on February 3 and showing for a week.