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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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Nigel Cole
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A Full Monty-female style! 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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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calendar Girls 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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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 Chris and the girls get off the bus, in front of the church back home after their trip to Hollywood, Chris is wearing stiletto type heels. She stays behind and walks down the street with her husband, but she is now wearing thicker heeled boots. She returns to the WI meeting, and when she is leaving the meeting with Annie, she is back in stiletto heels. See more »

Quotes

Annie: You baked that?
Chris: I'm not a total dead loss as a woman. I can't knit or make plum jam but I can bake a bloody Victoria sponge.
Annie: Ok, thank you.
Chris: Course, I didn't actually bake this one - I got it at Marks and Spencer - but the point is...
Annie: You can't enter a cake you bought in a shop!
Chris: Get off! It doesn't matter where it comes from, does it? This is about putting up a united front against Highgyll. This isn't bakery. It's Zulu.
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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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Features The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Black Cat Blues
Written by Bert Jansch
Published by Sanctuary Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Bert Jansch
(p) 2002 Bert Jansch
Licensed courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
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Great British Comedy with captivating actors
9 January 2004 | by kalliope-1See all my reviews

Did you know what makes the difference between "Art and Pornography"? Well it´s the artist. This was one of the stroking scenes of the film "Calendar Girls". This film is profundly moving and even more because it is based on a true story. The women of the W.I club somewhere in Yorkshire are famous for plum jam and speeches on different household or gardening items which are mostly quite tedious. The situation changes by the time the husband of Annie (Julie Walters)suffers from leukemia and can´t get through. Annie´s best friend Chris (Helen Mirren)comes up with the idea of a nude calendar with the women of the W.I. club to raise money for a settee at the leukemia ward at the local hospital. At first everybody is quite suspicious but the calendar turns out as a tremendous success which brings the girls even to Hollywood.

I have rarely ever seen such a heart-warming and inspiring film. This movie makes you laugh and cry almost at the same time. (My favourite scene was the one with the oregano-joint ;-).) As most British comedies the actors were fabulous and the jokes did not seem constructed like they do in most Hollywood productions.

This film is a hymn for all middle aged women. It shows the world that 40+ women can look great even when they are nude. "The women of Yorkshire are like the flowers of Yorkshire in the last state of their lives they look best."

This film is highly recommendable for everybody even if you just want to see the beautiful landscape of Yorkshire.


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