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Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

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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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Eric Woodburn (as Sir Thomas Allen)
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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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The show must go on, but the clothes must come off. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Henderson Presents  »


Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The unsupported, unprojected, anachronistic singing of the principals would have been inaudible beyond the second row in the Windmill. For how it was actually done at the time, see Murder at the Windmill (USA: Mystery at the Burkesque). See more »


The rain was falling down on the windshield in such a manor that was not realistic when Vivian and Bertie were searching for their English Rose. Their car and Vivian's driving were obviously done with green screen or in studio. The lighting of the car also gives away the phony look of the performance. See more »


Laura Henderson: Tommy, you're so literal. You're thinking bosoms, but I'm thinking breasts.
Lord Cromer: And what, my dear, is the difference?
Laura Henderson: Ah, the difference is in your soul.
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Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »


String Quartet No.67, Hob. III-63
Composed by Franz Joseph Haydn (as Franz Joseph Haydn)
At the party of Lord Cromer
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A wonderful movie
14 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie last night at a screening in Sedona,AZ. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the show. The casting was perfect. The sets were marvelous. The acting was superb. The chemistry between Judith Dench and Bob Hoskins was palpable and just fun to watch. Kelly Reilly, Will Young, Christopher Guest, Thelma Barlow and the remainder of the cast brought to life a very poignant story of a slice of life in WWII London and the spirit of the people of the West End theater district. All of the storytelling, dancing, singing and script was masterfully choreographed and crafted by the collaboration of Director Stephen Frears and Writer Martin Sherman to produce an extremely entertaining movie well worth a few hours of your time and worthy of all the acclaim I'm sure it will receive. A must see movie.

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