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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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17 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Mrs. Henderson Presents  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£752,394 (UK) (27 November 2005)

Gross:

$11,034,436 (USA) (28 May 2006)
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When Mrs. Henderson is in bed talking to Lady Conway by telephone, we see it as a split screen. Stephen Frears achieved this by filming them simultaneously side by side. See more »

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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 »

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[last lines]
Vivian Van Damm: Listen you old battle-axe!
Laura Henderson: Don't you dare talk to me like that!
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Referenced in Mrs Henderson Presents: Making Of (2006) See more »

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Babies of the Blitz
D. Barnes / R. Burrows
Music by George Fenton & Simon Chamberlain
Published by Pathé Fund Ltd/Shogun Music Ltd/Copyright Control
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An all-round British triumph
30 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

How to start on this spectacular film?

The music is superb, Fenton did a sterling job in providing the score for this enthralling musical. Judi Dench sits, as always, perfectly in the role of rebellious Laura Henderson, and her rapport with Bob Hoskins gives a punch to the storyline. The stunning Kelly Reilly combines her English-rose appearance with wartime tenacity and delivers a truly believable and moving performance throughout. Will Young, a surprise casting for many, heads the musical cast with an almost scarily convincing performance as the energetic performer, Bertie. He's rightly received glowing reviews after his substantial appearance in the movie, most notably from Dench and Hoskins themselves - inspired casting by Frears.

This film is a perfect example of typically British humour and attitudes, particular during WWII - In fact it's been a hit with many people from the era (when I went to see it I was surrounded not least by people of 60 and over who reacted to the film with raucous laughter and many a teary eye). I whole heartedly recommend this film to anyone with a love of music, comedy, history, Britain or simply bloody good acting.


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