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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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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Middle aged Chris Harper (Dame Helen Mirren) and Annie Clarke (Dame Julie Walters) 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 (Geraldine James), 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 (John Alderton) dies 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 nine ... 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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Trivia

Contrary to the depiction in this movie, the proposal for the calendar enjoyed broad support in the Women's Institute organization. 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

[at the airport]
Ruth: Right, everyone. Has everyone got a ticket?
All: Yes
Ruth: A passport?
All: Yes
Ruth: A lying snake for a husband?
[everyone looks shocked]
Ruth: No? Only me there, then. Let's go. Come on.
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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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Featured in Julie Walters: A Life on Screen (2014) See more »

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You Upset Me Baby
Written by Joe Bihari and B.B. King
Published by Powerforce Music / BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by B.B. King
Courtesy of Ace Records Ltd.
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Has some laughs
26 December 2003 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Based on a true story. There is a Women's Institute in Yorkshire England, a tiny little town. The Institute decides to raise money for new furniture for a local hospital. They decide the only way to raise money is do a nude calendar with members. The problem is all the members are 50+! The calendar is done and is a roaring success. The film focuses on some of the women and how the calendar affects their families and personal lives.

Whimsical is the best way to describe this. It's one of those British comedies that has few laughs, but is very lighthearted and has some serious drama in it. I can't say I loved the movie--the script, while well-written, is scattershot and the light, low-key tone was TOO low-key for me. And some story lines are brought up (one of the women has a cheating husband) and are never resolved. Still, there were some good laughs in it and there is some just beautiful views of (I'm assuming) Yorkshire. Especially incredible is a view of the entire town from on top of a huge rock overlooking the area.

Also we have some wonderful British actresses playing in the lead roles. The two best were Helen Mirren (who's just great--again) and Julie Walters (who looks absolutely stunning). Also this is one of the few films that celebrates the sexuality of women who are 50+. How many movies do you you see like that nowadays? Of course this is a British film--Hollywood would NEVER tell a story like this. Also the film does have some fairly explicit glimpses of female nudity--but they're not sexual in context and ARE needed for the integrity of the story.

I'm giving this a 7.


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Language:

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Release Date:

1 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calendar Girls See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,393, 21 December 2003

Gross USA:

$31,041,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,400,759
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