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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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17 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Mrs. Henderson Presents  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£752,394 (UK) (25 November 2005)

Gross:

$11,034,436 (USA) (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

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 »

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[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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Connections

Featured in The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Inspiration
P. Boyle / R. Bristow / C. Rose
Music by George Fenton & Simon Chamberlain
Published by Pathé Fund Ltd/Shogun Music Ltd/Copyright Control
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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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