A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.

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Middle aged Chris Harper and Annie Clarke are best friends. They spend much of their time at their local Knapely, Yorkshire County chapter of the Women's Institute (WI), whose motto is "enlightenment, fun and friendship". Although they like most of the women at the WI (the friendship part), they, but the perceived flaky Chris in particular, hold the way Marie, the local president, runs the chapter with derision. They find much of what goes on there, especially the monthly presentations, banal and devoid of enlightenment and fun. Equally as banal was last year's fund-raising calendar, featuring local bridges, which raised a meager £75.60, with this year's proposed calendar, local churches, promising to be even more so. After Annie's husband John passes away from leukemia, Chris wants the WI to provide a memorial in his memory: a new sofa for the family room at the hospital. The one Chris wants to buy costs £999, which she proposes to raise by changing the fund-raising calendar to one ... Written by Huggo

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They dropped everything for a good cause. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for nudity, some language and drug-related material | See all certifications »

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1 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Chicas de calendario  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,762,505 (UK) (12 September 2003)

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$31,011,616 (USA) (9 April 2004)
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Anne Reid was offered a major role, but chose to do Roger Michell's The Mother (2003) instead. See more »

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When Chris and Annie are running to the National Conference, the phone call to Chris' husband says 'we will be back for the press conference tonight'. The time on the clock on the Palace of Westminster says about 6:30, and the sunshine is evening sunshine. When they get into the conference, they are on for 'the last open spot of the morning'. See more »

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W.I. Judge: And the winner of this year's May Wilkinson trophy for Victoria Sponge maximum twelve inch diameter I'm delighted to say is entry number 213.
Annie: [whispers] Nice knowing you, Chris.
Chris: [whispers back] Help me!
Ruth: Well that's interesting.
W.I. Judge: entered by Knapely WI and baked by Chris Harper.
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The cast list is split into two halves. The first thirteen actors/characters (Helen Mirren/Chris to John Fortune/Frank) are followed by the main crew such as the producers, writer and director, with the remaining cast appearing after this. See more »

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Find Another Way
Written by Simon Cole, David Doumeng and Ross Rogerson
Published by Morning Norman Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Price of Oil
Courtesy of Morning Norman Records Ltd.
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Pass the Bacon
3 December 2003 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Director Nigel Cole delivers a charming, touching, funny story with a message. Based on the true story of a few society women in England who decide to do a quasi-nude calendar to raise money for a cancer center. The well-known story itself holds few surprises, but the cast is so wonderful and the dialogue so crisp that one can't help but enjoy the film. Helen Mirren ("Gosford Park") and Julie Walters ("Educating Rita") lead the mostly female cast who bare it all ... sort of. As much as I liked the film, I do believe the two leads should have flipped roles to make this even more effective. Also, the pacing is true British, as many of the lines are missed due to U.S. audience out-loud laughter. Be forewarned if you see it in a full theatre ... you will miss a few lines. A wonderful movie for all ages and both sexes!


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