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Calendar Girls (2003)

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A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.

Director:

Nigel Cole
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Chris
Julie Walters ... Annie
John Alderton ... John
Linda Bassett ... Cora
Annette Crosbie ... Jessie
Philip Glenister ... Lawrence
Ciarán Hinds ... Rod (as Ciaran Hinds)
Celia Imrie ... Celia
Geraldine James ... Marie
Penelope Wilton ... Ruth
George Costigan ... Eddie
Graham Crowden ... Richard
John Fortune ... Frank
Georgie Glen ... Kathy
Angela Curran Angela Curran ... May
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Storyline

Middle aged Chris Harper and Annie Clarke are best friends. They spend much of their time at their local Knapely, Yorkshire County chapter of the Women's Institute (WI), whose motto is "enlightenment, fun and friendship". Although they like most of the women at the WI (the friendship part), they, but the perceived flaky Chris in particular, hold the way Marie, the local president, runs the chapter with derision. They find much of what goes on there, especially the monthly presentations, banal and devoid of enlightenment and fun. Equally as banal was last year's fund-raising calendar, featuring local bridges, which raised a meager £75.60, with this year's proposed calendar, local churches, promising to be even more so. After Annie's husband John passes away from leukemia, Chris wants the WI to provide a memorial in his memory: a new sofa for the family room at the hospital. The one Chris wants to buy costs £999, which she proposes to raise by changing the fund-raising calendar to one ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

They dropped everything for a good cause. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for nudity, some language and drug-related material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicas de calendario See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,762,505 (United Kingdom), 12 September 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,393, 21 December 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,041,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,542,059, 31 December 2004
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Comedienne Victoria Wood had wanted to create and write the film, after meeting the real-life WI members who created the calendar. However, Disney got the rights first, and Wood later stated on Comedy Connections (2006) that her version would have had less restrictions, such as nudity, which Disney were unable to do. Ironically, Julie Walters and Celia Imrie, frequent co-stars and close friends of Wood, both star in Calendar Girls. See more »

Goofs

When the women are at the pool in Los Angeles, the lady who plays the piano at the WI meetings gets up and goes to the piano by the pool. She is in a swimsuit and has her back to us, but she has no tattoo. The tattoo was seen earlier in the movie when she was getting ready to participate in the calendar. See more »

Quotes

Chris: Look at 'em. Highgyll WI, "ooh, let's arrange our cakes round an old cartwheel".
Ruth: Does look pretty though.
Chris: Whose side are you on, Brutus?
Ruth: No, I didn't mean...
Chris: What's your event by the way?
Ruth: Tea tray, on an international theme. I did Jamaica but it could be anywhere in the Caribbean.
Chris: You know, if more people did WI, there'd be half the need for hallucinogenic drugs.
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Crazy Credits

The cast list is split into two halves. The first thirteen actors/characters (Helen Mirren/Chris to John Fortune/Frank) are followed by the main crew such as the producers, writer and director, with the remaining cast appearing after this. See more »

Connections

Referenced in To the Contrary: Women Business Voters (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way You Do the Things You Do
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson) and Bobby Rogers (as Robert Rogers)
Published by Jobete Music Co. Inc. / EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by The Temptations
Courtesy of Motown Records / Universal-Island Records Limited
Licensed by kind permission from The Universal Film & TV Licensing Division
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The Last Phase of the Women of Yorkshire Is Always the Most Glorious
11 June 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the small town of Knapely, Yorkshire, England, Annie Clarke (Julie Walters) has just lost her husband, who was ill with leukemia. Inspired in his speech to the local Women's Institute, where he said that "the flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire", and "the last phase of the women of Yorkshire is always the most glorious", her best friend Chris Harper (Helen Mirren) decides to make a calendar with twelve local middle-age women nude to raise funds for the wing of leukemia treatment in the local hospital. The calendar becomes well succeeded, making them famous and affecting their lives.

"Calendar Girls" is a good dramatic comedy, with an interesting screenplay and great performances of Julie Walters and Helen Mirren. It becomes funnier because of the behavior clichés of the British husbands. I found hilarious the scene of the breakfast, when the husband tells his wife that she is nude in the newspaper, and then he asks for the bacon. This movie is a good entertainment. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Garotas do Calendário" ("Calendar Girls")


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