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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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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

Acting debut of singer Will Young, as Bertie, the Windmill's leading male singer. 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

Laura Henderson: Who on earth are you?
Leslie Pearkes: This is Vivian Van Damm.
Laura Henderson: Don't be silly. That's not a British name.
Vivian Van Damm: In actual fact, my father's a lawyer in Bishopsgate, although some of his ancestors are from Holland.
Laura Henderson: Oh, dear God, you're Jewish!
Vivian Van Damm: As it happens, I'm not.
Laura Henderson: Well, of course you are, dear. Just look at yourself.
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Featured in 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »

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Blue Nightfall
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Published by Famous Music Publishing Company Ltd
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A feel good experience
1 January 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This little gem was given a bad review by a local newspaper critic and I couldn't disagree more!! I loved it. Judy Dench (the wonderful) and Bob Hoskins are fabulous in their roles and I loved the flirtatious undercurrents. This film made me laugh and cry .... I left the theatre feeling lovely ... what more could you ask for in a movie?? The history of the Windmill Theatre and the (ludicrious) laws allowing the nudes on stage was very interesting. I think Will Young did very well in his first movie, I am an oldie who enjoys his singing. All in all a great movie, Judy Dench fans wont be disappointed, and I hope some younger movie goers give it a go as its well worth the viewing.


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