Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  17 February 2006 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Thomas Allen ...
Eric Woodburn (as Sir Thomas Allen)
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Ralph Nossek ...
Camille O'Sullivan ...
Doraly Rosen ...


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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The show must go on, but the clothes must come off. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Henderson Presents  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£752,394 (UK) (25 November 2005)


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

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many scenes, such as the portraits, and the Wild West Show, are recreations from authentic photographs of the Windmill Theatre in its hey day. See more »


Alec Henderson (Mrs. Laura's son, killed by a German attack on France in 1915) is said several times to have been born in 1894, and this date is shown on his headstone. In fact he was born in 1888, and his headstone does not list any date. See more »


Lord Cromer: Now what about, forgive me, the foliage?
Laura Henderson: Foliage?
Lord Cromer: You know, beneath the...
Laura Henderson: Beneath what? Try the Brie.
Lord Cromer: Thank you. Beneath the...
Laura Henderson: I had it flown in from France.
Lord Cromer: Excellent. The foliage beneath the...
Laura Henderson: My husband was very fond of it.
Lord Cromer: Of what?
Laura Henderson: This particular cheese.
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Featured in 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »


Sails of the Windmill
Lyrics by Hyslop / Rose
Music by George Fenton & Simon Chamberlain
Published by Pathé Fund Ltd/Shogun Music Ltd/Copyright Control
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An exceptional little film
25 December 2005 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I seem to be on a Judi Dench role this week, first having seen Ladies in Lavender and now Mrs. Henderson Presents. Such a lovely actress. Bob Hoskins is another favorite having played a wonderful part in the Dunera Boys, a lesser known but excellent movie. They were so well matched in this movie and all the other parts were played with equal professionalism. I really cannot fine any flaws in the film. I am a big fan of musicals so that might have helped and might put some people off, but the numbers were well staged. Enough wry wit, drama and storyline for most people. This is what I would term, a small film. No blood and guts, no massive video effects but rather old war footage, no massive attack scenes. Just a story about life during WW2 on the West End of London.

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