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Calendar Girls (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 1 January 2004 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chris
... Annie
... John
... Cora
... Jessie
... Lawrence
... Rod (as Ciaran Hinds)
... Celia
... Marie
... Ruth
... Eddie
... Richard
... Frank
... Kathy
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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They dropped everything for a good cause. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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

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1 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chicas de calendario  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When staged as a touring theatrical event in the UK, the fluctuating ensemble throughout the run featured: Lynda Bellingham, Trudie Goodwin, Ruth Madoc, Bernie Nolan, Diana Moran, Lisa Riley, Gwen Taylor, Jan Harvey, June Watson, Debbie Chazen, Michelle Collins, Jennifer Ellison, Danielle Bux, Bruno Langley, Joe McGann. The stage show generated more box office revenue than the movie release. See more »

Goofs

While the cards are being dealt, Celia grabs hers twice before and after the cut to the overhead shot. See more »

Quotes

Ted the Bike Man: You ran into a gate? How'd you do that?
[Jem mumbles]
Chris: He does a paper round. It pays for his elocution lessons.
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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 »

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Referenced in 'Calendar Girls': Creating the Calendar (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride Your Pony
Written by Allen Toussaint
© Jarb Publishing Co
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by The Meters
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products/Warner Strategic Marketing UK
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Warm, funny, satisfying

I did not expect to enjoy this movie; from the few descriptions I'd seen I thought it would be a string of silly gags about nudity. I could not have been more wrong. The story involves some normal, believable characters dealing with grief and with the habitual narrowness of their lives in a creative way. I liked them and believed in them. At times some of the characters seem a bit to good to be true, but far more often I found myself thinking "yes, I know people like that." Their flaws and errors of judgment are handled well. When I first saw this movie I was totally unaware that it was based on a true story; that fact just put the cap on it. There's a little bit of saccharine, but a lot more unfiltered honey.


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