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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 »

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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1 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chicas de calendario  »

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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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The original "calendar girls" were members of the Rylstone Women's Institute, but much of the film was shot in and around the village of Kettlewell in North Yorkshire, some 10 miles away. Additional locations in England include Buckden, Burnsall, Coniston, Ilkley, Settle, Linton, Malham, Skipton, Westminster and Ealing in London. See more »

Goofs

When Chris gets her pictures back from being developed, the shot of her topless behind the fruit bowl does not match her position when the picture was taken. See more »

Quotes

Rod: I can't find the order form.
Chris: It's under the tin can where the bent nail used to be.
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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 To the Contrary: Women Business Voters (2003) See more »

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Sloop John B
Traditional, arranged by Brian Wilson
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd.
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & TV Music
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Pass the Bacon
3 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Director Nigel Cole delivers a charming, touching, funny story with a message. Based on the true story of a few society women in England who decide to do a quasi-nude calendar to raise money for a cancer center. The well-known story itself holds few surprises, but the cast is so wonderful and the dialogue so crisp that one can't help but enjoy the film. Helen Mirren ("Gosford Park") and Julie Walters ("Educating Rita") lead the mostly female cast who bare it all ... sort of. As much as I liked the film, I do believe the two leads should have flipped roles to make this even more effective. Also, the pacing is true British, as many of the lines are missed due to U.S. audience out-loud laughter. Be forewarned if you see it in a full theatre ... you will miss a few lines. A wonderful movie for all ages and both sexes!


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