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Calendar Girls (2003)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  1 January 2004 (USA)
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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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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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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$458,730 (Spain) (9 January 2004)

Gross:

$31,011,616 (USA) (9 April 2004)
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During the making of the film, Helen Mirren's brother was dying of cancer. She was given the news he had died on the day they came to film the funeral scenes. Her tears and grief are real. See more »

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The photographer of the calendar shoot used a 35mm camera, yet the proofs are contact prints of medium-format roll-film negatives. See more »

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John: I'll model for you for nowt.
Chris: No thanks John. I've just seen your backside and believe me, it's nothing like George's.
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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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You Upset Me Baby
Written by Joe Josea and B.B. King
Published by Powerforce Music / BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by B.B. King
Courtesy of Ace Records Ltd.
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Touching Feel Good Movie
29 December 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story, eleven members of a women's institute group decide to pose nude for a rather untraditional annual calendar to raise money for charity.

With an all star cast lead by Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, we go on a journey through the ridicule and resistance that the ladies had to endure to achieve this amazing feat, which ultimately raised millions.

Calendar Girls is brilliantly performed and directed, and it has many heart wrenching tales that lie beneath the main story, each pertaining to the girls own reasons and drives to fight for what eventually became a mammoth success.

Heart Warming, Funny, Charming and Entertaining, undoubtedly a winner on every level.

8/10


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