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Ladies in Lavender -- Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village.
Ladies in Lavender -- Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village.
Ladies in Lavender -- Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village.


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Release Date:
12 November 2004 (Ireland) See more »
The story of two sisters who saved a stranger, and the stranger who stole their hearts. See more »
Two sisters befriend a mysterious foreigner who washes up on the beach of their 1930's Cornish seaside village. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Judi Dench ... Ursula

Maggie Smith ... Janet

Daniel Brühl ... Andrea

Freddie Jones ... Jan Pendered
Gregor Henderson-Begg ... Luke Pendered

Miriam Margolyes ... Dorcas

David Warner ... Dr. Francis Mead

Clive Russell ... Adam Penruddocke

Richard Pears ... Barry

Natascha McElhone ... Olga Daniloff
Iain Marshall ... Fisherman (as Ian Marshall)

Toby Jones ... Hedley
Trevor Ray ... Very Old Man 1
John Boswall ... Very Old Man 2
Joanna Dickens ... Mrs. Pendered
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Mr. Penhaligan
Timothy Bateson ... Mr. Hallett
Rebecca Hulbert ... Fiancée

Finty Williams ... Pretty Local Girl
Roger Booth ... Arthur
Jimmy Yuill ... Constable Timmins
Peter Cellier ... BBC Announcer

Alan Cox ... Obsequious Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Askey ... Himself (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joshua Bell ... Violinist for Andrea (uncredited)
Tom Frankland ... Penhaligan's Assistant (uncredited)

Oliver Wakefield ... (featured in "Henry Hall's Hour") (archive sound) (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Dance 
Writing credits
William J. Locke (short story)

Charles Dance (written by)

Produced by
Bill Allan .... executive producer
Nicholas Brown .... producer
Charles Dance .... executive producer
Emma Hayter .... executive producer
Robert Jones .... executive producer
Elizabeth Karlsen .... producer
Nik Powell .... producer
Ian Prior .... associate producer
Bill Shephard .... line producer
Michael Whyke .... co-executive producer
Terrence Yason .... co-executive producer
Keith Evans .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nigel Hess 
Cinematography by
Peter Biziou (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Parker 
Production Design by
Caroline Amies 
Art Direction by
David Hindle 
Costume Design by
Barbara Kidd 
Makeup Department
Roz Abery .... additional makeup artist
Sarah Grispo .... additional makeup artist
Fae Hammond .... hair stylist supervisor
Fae Hammond .... makeup supervisor
Sharon Martin .... hair assistant
Sharon Martin .... makeup assistant
Astrid Schikorra .... additional makeup artist (as Astrid Schikora)
Joan Stribling .... assistant makeup artist
Sarah Walkinshaw .... hair assistant (as Sarah Trusler)
Sarah Walkinshaw .... makeup assistant (as Sarah Trusler)
Production Management
Caroline McManus .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victoria Connell .... additional assistant director
Paul Cowan .... first assistant director
Ben Dixon .... second assistant director
Andrew Mannion .... third assistant director (as Andy Mannion)
Mary Soan .... first assistant director
Art Department
Brian Aldridge .... dressing props (as Brian Aldgidge)
Peter Andrews .... additional stagehand (as Peter 'Snowy' Andrews)
Paul Bradburn .... stand-by props
Stephen Bray .... additional stagehand
Neil Carr .... chargehand rigger
Leigh Chesters .... chargehand carpenter
Keith Connolly .... painter
John Cooling .... stand-by rigger (as JC 'Buzz' Cooling)
Andrew Cummins .... additional location sherpa
Peter Davis .... stand-by painter
Cavin Dempsey .... stand-by carpenter
Paul Frost .... draftsperson (as Paul D. Frost)
Mary Gibbs .... trainee: FT2
Daniel Gray .... carpenter
Fred Gray .... pastiche artist
Richard Hall .... painter
Joe Hawthorne .... construction manager (as Jo Hawthorne)
Jason Ivall .... painter (as Jason Ival)
Przemyslaw Krawczyk .... additional props runaround
Mick Lambert .... greensman
William Lawlor .... carpenter (as William P. Lawlor)
Terence Meadows .... stagehand (as Terry Meadows)
Graham Mitchell .... carpenter
Greg O'Donnell .... supervising painter
Jim Parker .... dressing props
Joanna Pratt .... art department assistant
Thomas Roberson .... additional location sherpa
Simon Robilliard .... carpenter
Ray Rose .... storeman
Peter Rutherford .... production buyer
Richard Tilly .... additional props runaround
Yvonne Toner .... draftsperson
Lloyd Vincent .... stand-by prop
Jonathan Walpole .... additional location sherpa
Kellie Waugh .... stand-by art director
Micky Wheeler .... property master
Evan Woolcock .... carpenter
Robert Clarke .... additional construction rigger (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... dubbing mixer
Tim Alban .... foley recordist
Antonia Bates .... dialogue editor
John Cowan .... sound department runner
Paul Davies .... supervising sound editor
Anthony Faust .... adr recordist
Steve Finn .... boom operator
Jim Greenhorn .... sound recordist
Derek Norman .... sound recordist: second unit
Haresh Patel .... assistant dubbing mixer
Brian Simmons .... sound recordist: second unit
Jessie Taylor .... foley editor
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Lee Kerr .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Richard Conway .... special effects supervisor
Mark White .... floor supervisor
Visual Effects by
Lee Clappison .... iQ operator: Lipsync Post
Ivan Cornell .... engineer: Lypsync Post
Stuart Fyvie .... colourist: Lypsync Post
Scott Goulding .... scanning and recording: Lypsync Post
Julia Hall .... effects artist: Lipsync Post (as Julia Blake)
Katja Hollmann .... digital lab supervisor: Lipsync Post
Alasdair MacCuish .... senior producer: Lipsync Post
Adrian Oostergetel .... effects artist: Lipsync Post
Kevin Phelan .... head of post: Lipsync Post
Avishay Sweiry .... effects artist: Lipsync Post
Chris Thornton .... scanning and recording: Lypsync Post
Howard Watkins .... visual effects supervisor: Lipsync Post
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adefarasin .... clapper loader
Mick Allen .... additional camera trainee
Chris Bailey .... additional electrician
Trevor Carey .... additional rigger
Chris Clarke .... clapper loader: second unit
Tom Collins .... still photographer
David Cozens .... focus puller
Ted Deason .... focus puller: second unit
Ian Franklin .... rigging gaffer
Aaron Green .... additional electrician
Ray Hall .... grip: second unit
Andrew Hamilton .... gaffer
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator: second unit
Alex Howe .... focus puller: second unit
Ant Hugill .... clapper loader: second unit (as Ant Hughill)
John Hurley .... focus puller: second unit
Lindsay Ingram .... additional camera trainee
Iain Mackay .... clapper loader: second unit
Alex Mahon .... additional electrician
Wayne Mansell .... generator operator
Andy Munday .... additional electrician
Chris Plevin .... camera operator: second unit
Richard Potter .... electrician
Nick Rae .... grip: second unit
Nobby Roker .... grip: second unit
Ed Rutherford .... camera operator: second unit
Malcolm Sheehan .... grip
Philip Sindall .... camera operator
Robin Stone .... grip: second unit
Brian Strange .... video assist
Brian Sullivan .... additional electrician
James Summers .... electrician
Dean Thompson .... focus puller: second unit
Andy Thomson .... additional falcon crane operator (as Andy Thompson)
Mike Valentine .... underwater director of photography
Peter Biziou .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Gary Parnham .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Vanessa Baker .... voice casting
Sarah Bird .... casting
Brendan Donnison .... adr voice casting
Kate Lawrence .... extras casting: The Casting Collective
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Casey .... wardrobe assistant
Lee Croucher .... wardrobe assistant
Zoe Harvey .... wardrobe assistant
Laura Johnson .... costume assistant
Maedhbh McMahon .... additional wardrobe assistant
Jane Petrie .... additional wardrobe assistant
Marion Weise .... wardrobe supervisor
Thomas Sjolander .... embroidery (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alice Greenland .... post-production coordinator
Lea Morement .... first assistant editor
Amy Quince .... first assistant editor
John Stanborough .... colorist
Matt Gauci .... avid technical support (uncredited)
Music Department
Joshua Bell .... musician: violin
Marcia Crayford .... leader: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Nigel Hess .... music conductor
Nigel Hess .... orchestrator
Erik Jordan .... assistant music engineer
Colin Nicholls .... in-vision violins provided by
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .... music performers (as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Francis Shaw .... music associate
Roger Watson .... soundtrack supervisor
Quentin Williams .... music consultant
Toby Wood .... music engineer
Daniel Bhattacharya .... violinist (uncredited)
Dave Jewerén Moore .... scoring assistant engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Brian Agar .... unit driver
Ken Armstrong .... driver
John Coleman .... unit driver
Mark Edmonds .... driver
Finn Hillman .... driver
Miklos Kozma .... unit driver
Alan Lewandowski .... driver
Mike Matthews .... driver
Vic Newell .... driver
Darren Notley .... driver
Linton Small .... driver
John Smith .... unit driver
Charlie Stares .... unit driver
Keith Winyard .... driver
Guy Bostock .... action vehicle coordinator (uncredited)
Ian Clarke .... vehicle technician (uncredited)
Kay Perriman .... unit driver (uncredited)
Sean Thornton .... picture vehicle technician (uncredited)
Other crew
Reno Antoniades .... legal affairs: Lee and Thompson for Baker Street
Carola Ash .... executive: Future Films
Johnny Bamford .... location scout (as John Bamford)
Rosie Bedford-Stradling .... unit nurse
John Chalk .... pre-production finance: Paradigm Hyde Films
Lizzie Conrad .... stand-in
Guy Cowan .... head caterer: Reel Food
Matt Curtis .... title designer
Oliver Dance .... floor runner
Patsy de Lord .... production coordinator
Paul Denham .... legal services: SJ Berwin for Future Films
Lindsay Dolan .... choreographer
Cathy Doubleday .... script supervisor
Penny Dyer .... dialogue coach
John Ensby .... contact: Technicolor
Will Evans .... head of business affairs: UK Film Council
Jacqui Everard .... executive: Paradigm Hyde Films
Julia Finn .... unit publicist: Dennis Davidson Associates
Alex Gladstone .... location manager: London
Ben Gladstone .... location manager: Cornwall
Ronald Gould .... pre-production finance: Paradigm Hyde Films
Kevin Grant .... catering assistant: Reel Food
Jill Greenacre .... stand-in
Nicole Gregory .... unit publicist: Dennis Davidson Associates
John David Gunkle .... location assistant (as John Gunkle)
Ruth Hodgson .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Vince Holden .... head of production finance: UK Film Council
Ben Holt .... assistant production coordinator
Rebecca Hulbert .... stand-in
Angela Jackson .... production legal services: Scala Productions
Robb Klein .... legal services: SJ Berwin for Future Films
Samantha Knapp .... chef: Reel Food
Kate Lawrence .... assistant: Elizabeth Karlsen
Oliver Lewis .... double
Oliver Lewis .... violin teacher
Sean Lovell .... floor runner
Justin Lumsden .... chef: Reel Food
Del Magner .... legal services: Paradigm Hyde Films
Stephen Margolis .... executive: Future Films
Alisa McIntyre .... senior business affairs executive: UK Film Council (as Ailsa McIntyre)
Susanne McMillan .... catering assistant: Reel Food
Sharon Menzies .... business affairs: Baker Street
Kazuchi Mihara .... pre-production finance: Paradigm Hyde Films
Sheila Fraser Milne .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Inc.
Arthur Colin Mogford .... pre-production finance: Paradigm Hyde Films
John Morgan .... head of finance: Scala Productions
Fiona Morham .... head of physical production: UK Film Council
Mark Mostyn .... location manager
Brock Norman Brock .... production executive: UK Film Council
Georgia Oetker .... dialogue coach: German
Nicki Parfitt .... legal affairs: Lee and Thompson for Baker Street
Laura Rainbird .... executive: Bank Leumi
Mark River .... business affairs: Scala Productions (as Mark Biver)
Fraser Robertson .... pre-production finance: Paradigm Hyde Films
Penny Ryder .... stand-in
Catriona Scott .... assistant: Nik Powell, Scala Productions
Brian Shemmings .... health and safety advisor
Justin Stephenson .... executive: Bank Leumi
Paul Stevenson .... office runner
George Taylor .... floor runner
Lee Thomas .... assistant: Nik Powell, Scala Productions
Craig Topham .... floor runner
Dan Turner .... contact: London
Lærke Vindahl .... production executive: Scala Productions (as Laerke Vindahl)
Sue Wall .... production accountant
Jackie Wetherill .... assistant production accountant (as Jackie Weatherill)
David Wheal .... assistant: Charles Dance and Nicolas Brown
Dennis Davidson .... Public relations (uncredited)
Julia Jones .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Sean Lovell .... double (uncredited)
Amy Carr .... special thanks
Peter Gelb .... special thanks
Suraj Gohill .... special thanks: Comerica Bank
Nigel Green .... special thanks
Nicola Hudson .... special thanks
Ian McClay .... special thanks
Michael McCoy .... special thanks
Jane Stewart .... special thanks
Lisa Telford .... special thanks
Tybalt Whitney .... special thanks
Rolf Wilson .... special thanks
John Woodward .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
104 min | Australia:99 min | Australia:103 min (theatrical version) | Argentina:103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The idea to do Ladies in Lavender (2004) came to Charles Dance as he worked on the film Black and White (2002); he was reading a volume of short stories by William J. Locke entitled "Faraway Stories".See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Andrea is not a Polish name - the Polish would be Andrzej.See more »
[Mr. Penruddocke arrives to play his violin for Andrea]
Dorcas:Wipe your feet.
[he does]
Dorcas:All right.
[she motions him inside]
Dorcas:Just a minute, lift them up.
[he lifts one and shows her the bottom of his shoe]
Dorcas:And the other one.
[he lifts the other]
Dorcas:All right.
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Movie Connections:
References The Color Purple (1985)See more »
Roses of PicardySee more »


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28 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
The cast breathes life into the story..., 1 May 2005
Author: laughing_cat from United States

When you have a cast headlined by Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, your film is going to do well with their names alone. LADIES IN LAVENDER is saved by these two ladies and their screen presence and the ping-pong-like banter with each other.

The two veteran actresses play Janet (Smith) and Ursula (Dench,) two sisters living a comfortable and mundane life in Cornwall, England in 1936. Janet is a widow and Ursula is a spinster. Their lives are altered when a mysterious young Polish man (Daniel Bruhl)washes up on the beach near their home. They take him in, aid in his recovery from an accident that is never explained, and learn that he is a gifted violinist. Their comfort zone, which is already disturbed, becomes more so when a young German female painter (Natascha McElhone)also shows an interest in the young man.

Like in TEA WITH MUSSOLINI, Maggie Smith's character is the more level-headed and pragmatic, while Judi Dench's Ursula is overly-sensitive and borderline childlike. Miriam Margoyles does a great job as their rough-around-the-edges housekeeper and David Warner, who played "that undertaker of a manservant" in TITANIC, plays an equally creepy character in this film as the town's doctor.

The movie is far from perfect (Ebert and Roeper just gave it "two thumbs down," but it is enjoyable. It is just one little slice in the lives of all of these characters, not giving the viewer much history or much closure at the end. The most poignant sideline is the love that Ursula starts to feel for this young man and, though he is in his 20's and she is in her 70's, you are reminded that one really can't choose who one loves, even when the love is as inconvenient and impossible as this. However, I do agree with the 2 professional critics when they said that Maggie Smith "didn't have a lot to do in this film." This is true. Usually she is just the motherly voice of reason when Dench's character is acting irrational.

When I was at the theater there were many, many senior citizens in the audience. I heard many positive comments from my fellow audience members when the film ended and I think several could relate to the two ladies in the story. As for myself (and in my early 30's) I am still glad I saw it.

Marginally recommended--

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