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Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  25 November 2005 (UK)
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Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues.

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Recently widowed well-to-do Laura Henderson is at a bit of a loose end in inter-war London. On a whim she buys the derelict Windmill theatre in the West End and persuades impresario Vivian Van Damm to run it, despite the fact the two don't seem to get on at all. Although their idea of a non-stop revue is at first a success, other theatres copy it and disaster looms. Laura suggests they put nudes in the show, but Van Damm points out that the Lord Chamberlain, who licenses live shows in Britain, is likely to have something to say about this. Luckily Mrs Henderson is friends with him. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Nudity - Variety - High Society See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | War

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Rated R for nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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25 November 2005 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Henderson Presents  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$62,077 (New Zealand) (24 March 2006)

Gross:

$846,112 (New Zealand) (26 May 2006)
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Trivia

According to the director, Judi Dench was always slightly nervous that they would edit her speeches, as she had learned them. During the 'sherry-sipping' party before the opening of the theatre, at two points, Thelma Barlow's character prompts her in her speech ("Bread line... Employment"). This wasn't in the script, but Stephen Frears thought it was funny so included it into the final cut. See more »

Goofs

Vivian van Damm is portrayed as being in his mid-60s during the bombings. In reality he was only in his late 40s. See more »

Quotes

[talking to the girls]
Lady Conway: I quite understand what you were feeling. I myself have exhibited my breasts. I was at a party at Antibes with the Duchess of Denby and Countess Volpe, and we took off our blouses - in private, of course - and looked at each other's titties.
[laughs]
Lady Conway: My, how we laughed!
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: Dinnerladies (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll String Along with You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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Brilliant, stunning, emotional
14 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is brilliant. Any film that can make me cry through the sheer emotion that is shown by the excellent cast is high up on the list of classic films. However, this film not only made me cry but laugh, and laugh out loud. The cast show real feeling and the dialogue seems as if it wasn't written but looks as if it is coming from the actors mouths for the first time, a cast that belong together I wanted to give the film a round of applause at the end. A film for the old and the young. Thought provoking, warm, funny and sad. A must, must, must, must see.

Hoskins was a delight to watch, even when naked and Dench as always showed her best. A ingenious and well placed acting debut for Will Young, who knew one man had so many talents.


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