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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.

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:

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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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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

When Chris and Annie are running to the National Conference, the phone call to Chris' husband says 'we will be back for the press conference tonight'. The time on the clock on the Palace of Westminster says about 6:30, and the sunshine is evening sunshine. When they get into the conference, they are on for 'the last open spot of the morning'. See more »

Quotes

Ruth: Well, I think it's a great idea.
Cora: You weren't concentrating, were you Ruth?
Ruth: I was. We're going to raise money to buy a sofa for the hospital in John's name.
Celia: By posing for a nude calendar!
Ruth: Oh no!
Chris: Oh sit down. I'm not asking you to straddle an 'Arley Davidson.
Celia: It's still a bit of a leap from Burnsall church, love.
Chris: That's the 'ole point. It's an alternative calendar, it's...
Annie: It's what John suggested.
Chris: Did he?
[...]
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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 'Calendar Girls': Creating the Calendar (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Find Another Way
Written by Simon Cole, David Doumeng and Ross Rogerson
Published by Morning Norman Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Price of Oil
Courtesy of Morning Norman Records Ltd.
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Interesting Subject
30 August 2004 | by Nicholas RhodesSee all my reviews

Although I prefer the older films of the forties and fifties, I was quite touched by this one. Beautifully filmed in the "ee by gum" country of Northern England ( and with the sun, to boot ), this was a real pleasure for the eyes. I went to school in Lancashire so many of the sights were familiar to me ( though this was Yorkshire ) but the countryside is similar and apparently less wet than Lancashire, being to the east of the Pennines. The theme of the film was an interesting one and shows that you don't have to be young to be sexy - I found all our ladies very sexy and the calender had very good taste - it was delightfully erotic and not pornographic at all. The film reminded me of Billy Elliot ( also made in Ee by gum country ) but I liked that less and Full Monty which I found far less interesting. Like French Cinema, British Cinema nowadays doesn't produce many lively and interesting films - that prize falls to the Americans - but just once in a while, a little gem is produced ( other examples are Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral ). calendar Girls was just such a gem and I was very happy to discover it. I was also pleased to see Annette Crosbie from "One Foot In The Grave" whom I adore as an actress as I do Julie Walters whom I found most attractive in Educating Rita and who seems even lovlier in Calendar Girls. Bravo !


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