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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
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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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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Drop everything this holiday season. 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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Reid was offered a major role, but chose to do Roger Michell's The Mother (2003) instead. See more »

Goofs

When the leader of the WI comes to visit Annie, she gives her a bunch of Gerberas. When Annie is arranging them in the vase the stems are much longer than the bunch was when it was wrapped. See more »

Quotes

Chris: This isn't bakery. It's Zulu!
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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 El calendario del año (2007) See more »

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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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27 February 2004 | by keenan-1See all my reviews

I've been getting a little tired of the computer-enhanced extravaganzas that have been flung at viewers over the past few years. You know what I'm talking about--the movies that are short on plot, acting or both which are bolstered up by loud FX and revolutionary digital animation so that it becomes "special effects in search of a picture". I'm delighted to say that CALENDAR GIRLS has nothing of the kind. It's all about the plot, all about the women involved, and all about laughing so hard you cry--or maybe about being able to forget tears in deep laughter, if only for a moment.

The acting is superb. One hardly needs to mention Helen Mirren. I read one comment that pans her Yorkshire accent; well, I attended it with an Englishwoman who is very familiar with such an accent and she specifically told me that her accent never slipped, so I've no idea where that comment came from.

Having been involved with the world of cancer treatment recently (fortunately with a happier outcome for my mother, a survivor of breast cancer) this movie strikes close to home. It's completely accurate; it's not pretty and it's often degrading, no matter how much the oncological staff tries to make it easier. The movie is also accurate in the kind of sentiments it expresses about cancer. People who have been touched by that filthy disease will do ANYTHING to fight it. (I sat on a spin bike for twenty-four consecutive hours in aid of breast cancer less than two weeks ago, so I do know what I'm talking about.) Yes, a few liberties with the real story have been taken. So what? The result is a coherent progression that is more interested in human beings than plot details. And isn't that what it should be about?

I've heard this dismissed as a movie for "older people". I'm proud to be of that number--after all, at the age of thirty-five I'm ten years out of the target demographic at which Hollywood films are aimed. If by "older people" they mean people who want a movie to be about something important as opposed to the latest spectacular light show, I'm glad to be of that number. I'd recommend this to anyone who's interested in a movie that is both hysterically funny and deeply touching. It has re-inspired me in the battle against cancer, and if it does that to anyone else, it will have made a worthwhile difference.


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