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Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

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

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£752,394 (United Kingdom), 27 November 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,344, 11 December 2005

Gross USA:

$11,034,436, 28 May 2006
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Trivia

Stephen Frears almost cast Celia Imrie as Lady Conway, but decided she was too young for the part. Thelma Barlow got it instead. See more »

Goofs

One of the extras was not singing the correct words during the closing Windmill Song. The other soldiers were singing together and he was trying to sing along. He was not successful in his endeavor. See more »

Quotes

Laura Henderson: If we are to ask our youth to surrender their lives, then we should not ask them to surrender joy - or the possibility of joy! And, if along the way, we cause too many people to congregate in the street, who gives a fiddler's fuck?
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Connections

Referenced in Comedy Connections: Dinnerladies (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Goody Goody
Music by Matty Malneck
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
(c) Chappell & Co. Inc.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
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Really enjoyable
3 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I've just seen this film and thought it was excellent - and Will Young does very well! The period detail, show tunes and production numbers are all very enjoyable and the story is by turns really funny and very sad and poignant. The previous reviewer does not seem to appreciate that a film about a theatre, which puts on shows, containing a singer... is bound to contain behind- the-scenes stuff, people rehearsing, people singing - the film, after all, is a film about a theatre! What else did he expect to see?! Don't let "peteranderson"'s poorly written review put you off - all he succeeds in doing is displaying a poor vocabulary (does he know no synonyms for "good"?!) and a dislike for Will Young, which says more about him than it does about the film or Will Young's performance.


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