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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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Mrs. Henderson Presents  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£752,394 (UK) (25 November 2005)

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$11,034,436 (USA) (26 May 2006)
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Before the production started, there was a party, and many of the original Windmill girls attended. Bob Hoskins said it was remarkable; many of the women seemed to be older versions of the actresses. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Referenced in Mrs Henderson Presents: Making Of (2006) See more »

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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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The Best little movie you'll never hear of!
5 December 2005 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

Long time viewer of IMDb.com but first time poster. I just HAD to post after that negative listing I saw because I couldn't disagree more! I found the movie hilarious and touching. The history of the Windmill Theatre is extraordinary! I come from a theater background and currently work in production for television and film... and I just loved this movie. From the script, to the costuming, the acting, music and imagery... beautiful. My only complaint would be to the Weinsteins

  • where is the PR??? Dench and Hoskins are amazing! Oscar contenders


for sure! I know it won't be released wide until January and I do hope it picks up speed because there's no good reason NOT to see this movie
  • there's humor, nudity, history, a little romance, a little


violence... it has something for everyone!


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