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Calendar Girls (2003)

PG-13 | | 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.


Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »



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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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chicas de calendario  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,762,505 (UK) (12 September 2003)


$31,011,616 (USA) (9 April 2004)

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The real-life Women's Institute members (Angela Baker, Beryl Bamforth, Christine Clancy, Ros Fawcett, Lynda Logan and Tricia Stewart) on which Calendar Girls is based all appear as members of Highgyll W.I. in the scene in the marquee at Knapely Show where Rylstone and Highgyll are competing for cookery prizes. See more »


When Chris runs out of the door to the Hollywood film studio following Annie, she is barefoot. When the shot changes and they emerge into the alleyway behind the studio they are both wearing slippers. See more »


[seeking approval for the calendar at the National WI Conference]
Chris: I'm about to commit heresy. Look, I hate plum jam.
Chris: I only joined the WI to make my mother happy. I do, I hate plum jam. I'm crap at cakes, I can't make sponge. In fact, seeing as it's unlikely that George Clooney would actually come to Skipton to do a talk on what it was like to be in "ER", there seems very little reason for me to actually stay in the WI. Except suddenly... suddenly I want to raise money in memory of a ...
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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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The Way You Do the Things You Do
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson) and Bobby Rogers (as Robert Rogers)
Published by Jobete Music Co. Inc. / EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by The Temptations
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Licensed by kind permission from The Universal Film & TV Licensing Division
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The Last Phase of the Women of Yorkshire Is Always the Most Glorious
11 June 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the small town of Knapely, Yorkshire, England, Annie Clarke (Julie Walters) has just lost her husband, who was ill with leukemia. Inspired in his speech to the local Women's Institute, where he said that "the flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire", and "the last phase of the women of Yorkshire is always the most glorious", her best friend Chris Harper (Helen Mirren) decides to make a calendar with twelve local middle-age women nude to raise funds for the wing of leukemia treatment in the local hospital. The calendar becomes well succeeded, making them famous and affecting their lives.

"Calendar Girls" is a good dramatic comedy, with an interesting screenplay and great performances of Julie Walters and Helen Mirren. It becomes funnier because of the behavior clichés of the British husbands. I found hilarious the scene of the breakfast, when the husband tells his wife that she is nude in the newspaper, and then he asks for the bacon. This movie is a good entertainment. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Garotas do Calendário" ("Calendar Girls")

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