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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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Chris
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Annie
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John
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Cora
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Jessie
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Lawrence
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Rod (as Ciaran Hinds)
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Celia
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Marie
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Ruth
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Eddie
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Richard
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Frank
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Kathy
Angela Curran ...
May
Rosalind March ...
Trudy
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Jem
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Gaz
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Danny
Belinda Everett ...
Maya
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Brenda Mooney
Gillian Wright ...
Eddie's Woman
Ian Embleton ...
Andy
Janet Howd ...
Julia
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Jenny
Richard Braine ...
Policeman
Maggie McCarthy ...
W.I. Administrator 1
Diana Marchment ...
W.I. Administrator 2
Celia Henebury ...
Check-In Stewardess
Ted Robbins ...
Bike Man
Arthur Kelly ...
Bookshop Owner
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Chemist's Assistant
Tim Barker ...
Holiday Speaker
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Orchid Photographer
Frank Barrie ...
Lecherous Photographer
John Sparkes ...
Welsh Photographer
Merryn Owen ...
Student Photographer
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Policeman 2
Shameer Seepersand ...
Policeman 3 (as Shameer Madarbakus)
Elizabeth Bennett ...
W.I. Judge
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Waiter
Darren Southworth ...
Sofa Salesman
Sharon Thomas Cain ...
TV Reporter (as Sharon Thomas)
Christa Ackroyd ...
News Presenter
Geoffrey Wilkinson ...
Seed Company Manager
Bob Flag ...
Alan Rathbone
Mark Hayford ...
Charity Chicken Worker
Geoffrey Banks ...
Lycra Cyclist 1
Wilfred Harrison ...
Lycra Cyclist 2
Adil Hussain ...
Jem's Friend 1
Waqas Altaf ...
Jem's Friend 2
Paul McLeary ...
Husband 1
Peter Lorenzelli ...
Husband 2
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Jay Leno
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Hotel Manager
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Larry
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Bellboy
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Anthrax
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Anthrax
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Anthrax (as Scott Ian Rosenfeld)
Ashley Niles ...
Hotel Registration
Angela Baker ...
Highgyll W.I. Lady
Beryl Bamforth ...
Highgyll W.I. Lady
Christine Clancy ...
Highgyll W.I. Lady
Ros Fawcett ...
Highgyll W.I. Lady
Lynda Logan ...
Highgyll W.I. Lady
Tricia Stewart ...
Highgyll W.I. Lady
Roy Harrison ...
Himself (as Roy the Postman)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terry Logan ...
Paparazzo (uncredited)
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Personal Assistant (uncredited)
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Journalist (uncredited)

Directed by

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Nigel Cole

Written by

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Juliette Towhidi ... (written by) and
Tim Firth ... (written by)

Produced by

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Nick Barton ... producer
Steve Clark-Hall ... co-producer
Suzanne Mackie ... producer
Jill Rachel Morris ... production executive: Disney

Music by

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Patrick Doyle

Cinematography by

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Ashley Rowe ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Michael Parker

Editorial Department

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Marsha Bramwell ... trainee assistant editor
Lisa Clifford-Owen ... assistant editor
Guy Ducker ... assistant editor
Celia Haining ... assistant editor
Lea Morement ... assistant editor
Paisley Pappé-Iredell ... assistant editor: Los Angeles
Matthew Streatfield ... trainee assistant editor

Casting By

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Gail Stevens

Production Design by

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Martin Childs

Art Direction by

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Mark Raggett

Costume Design by

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Frances Tempest

Makeup Department

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Christina Baker ... hair designer / makeup designer
Kay Bilk ... hair stylist (makeup artist)
Deborah Jarvis ... makeup artist
Karen Sherriff-Brown ... hair stylist (makeup artist)

Production Management

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Jo Farr ... production manager
Miranda Jones ... post-production supervisor
Chrisann Verges ... unit production manager: Los Angeles

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Guy Barker ... assistant director
Rosemary C. Cremona ... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Lee Grumett ... third assistant director
Toby Hosking ... co-second assistant director
Olivia Lloyd ... second assistant director
Deborah Saban ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Grant Armstrong ... stand-by art director
Anna Bregman ... art department assistant
Laura Dishington ... assistant art director
Susan Emshwiller ... set decorator: U.S.
James Fennessy ... standby painter
Paul Inglis ... draughtsman
Jonas Kirk ... construction coordinator: Los Angeles
Tim Lanning ... head greensman
Shay Leonard ... stand-by props
Gwen Murray ... art department trainee
John O'Shaughnessy ... production buyer
David Packard ... scenic artist
Carisa Rosenthal ... set dresser
Jenny Tobin ... set florist
John Warnke ... set designer
Greg Winter ... assistant scenic artist

Sound Department

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Tom Barrow ... sound assistant
Ricky Butt ... foley artist
Tim Cavagin ... re-recording mixer
Colin Cooper ... adr recordist
Twydor Davis ... dialogue editor
Graham Day ... sound trainee
Nathan Duncan ... sound assistant trainee
Tim Fraser ... sound recordist
Stuart Mackay ... assistant sound editor
Michael Redfern ... foley editor
Steve Single ... re-recording mixer
William Towers ... boom operator
Ian Wilson ... supervising sound editor
James M. Tanenbaum ... sound recordist: U.S. unit (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Stuart Brisdon ... special effects supervisor
Mark Haddenham ... special effects senior technician

Visual Effects by

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Henry Badgett ... digital compositor: MPC
Stefan Drury ... visual effects producer
Dan Duran ... digital artist (as Daniel Walton)
Michael Elson ... head of production: MPC
Charley Henley ... digital compositor
Chas Jarrett ... 3D animator
Richard Stammers ... visual effects supervisor
Maria Stroka ... film recording manager
Ben Thompson ... 3D animator: MPC
Howard Berry ... visual effects runner: MPC (uncredited)
Martyn Drake ... systems: MPC (uncredited)
Sabine Kertscher ... digital compositor (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Colin Anderson ... steadicam operator: USA
Ben Boultbee ... assistant camera
Jaap Buitendijk ... still photographer
Ian Clark ... focus puller
Andy Cole ... electrician
Ben Cole ... camera operator
Kelly Cummins ... assistant camera
Oliver Curtis ... director of photography: additional photography
Tony Devlin ... gaffer
Louis DiCesare ... gaffer: Los Angeles
Tim Durr ... electrician: Los Angeles
Henry Landgrebe ... daily clapper loader
Steve Lawes ... focus puller: "b" camera
Stefan Lissner ... generator operator
Iain Lowe ... h.o.d. electrical rigger
David McAnulty ... grip
Adrian McCarthy ... grip
Vince McGahon ... steadicam operator
Pat Miller ... rigging gaffer
Gary Nagle ... electrician
Mike Parsons ... electrician: dailies
Martin Scanlan ... daily clapper loader
Paige Thomas ... first assistant camera
Garie Wetherill ... video playback operator
Phil Whittaker ... second grip

Casting Department

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Robin Hudson ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Alix Friedberg ... assistant costume designer
Kelly Mijailovic ... costume supervisor (as Kelly Bowman)
Shirley Nevin ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Erica Bensly ... location unit manager: Yorkshire
Kristin Dehnert ... location manager
Adam Richards ... location manager
Sarah Shepherd ... location assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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David Arch ... musician: piano
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin
Liz Gallacher ... music supervisor
Mitchell Leib ... executive in charge of music
Maggie Rodford ... score producer
James Shearman ... conductor / orchestrator
Graham Sutton ... music editor
Bruce White ... musician: viola
Nick Wollage ... score recordist
Mike Deasy ... musician (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Adrian Cannon ... driver: Mr. Cole
Ian 'Fingers' Lisi ... facilities driver (as Ian Lisi)
Mike Miliotti ... driver: production van
Enyo Mortty ... driver: Cilia Imrie

Other crew

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Kim Armitage ... script supervisor
Joop Brouwer ... tai chi advisor
Mandy Calder ... finance director
Orlagh Collins ... production coordinator
Matt Curtis ... title designer
Dawn Darfus ... production accountant: Los Angeles
Jo Farrugia ... assistant to director
Polly Fletcher ... assistant accountant
Polly Hope ... assistant production coordinator
Christopher Hutchins ... production assistant
Patrick Isherwood ... production accountant
Andrew Jack ... dialect coach
Debbie Lowndes ... assistant to producer
Paul McGavin ... set runner
Mark Preston ... tai chi advisor
Michael Prior ... unit nurse
Jason Reed ... production executive
Abbe Robinson ... production assistant
Erin Sahlstrom ... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles
Billy Samoa Saleebey ... production assistant
Isaac Sananes ... assistant accountant
Patric Scott ... unit publicist
Allen Wong ... first assistant accountant
Tim Ballou ... script clearance manager (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 featuring tasteful photographs of nude Knapely WI members. She got the idea by seeing all around her the notion of the old adage that sex sells. Annie likes the idea as it is analogous to one of horticultural-loving John's last statements about plants being the most glorious in the latter stages of their life, after which they quickly go to seed. To get the project off the ground, they not only have to convince nine other WI members to pose (December to be a group photograph), but they have to find a photographer they trust that will treat this task as an art project. Conversely, they aren't sure if they and the calendar will meet with the same contempt from Marie, the national WI organization and their friends and family that they are so trying to change in the Knapely WI, and in the process not only not raise the necessary money but in fact lose money instead. Publicity for the project in any form may have its own consequences, especially for Chris. Written by Huggo

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Taglines They dropped everything for a good cause. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Kalender Girls (Germany)
  • Las chicas del calendario (Spain)
  • Chicas de calendario (Mexico)
  • Kalenderpikene (Norway)
  • Kalender Girls (Austria)
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Runtime
  • 108 min
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Box Office

Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP1,762,505, 12 Sep 2003
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $65,500,300

Did You Know?

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Trivia During the making of the film, Helen Mirren's brother was dying of cancer. She was given the news he had died on the day they came to film the funeral scenes. Her tears and grief are real. See more »
Goofs When Jem Harper is on the cliff, throwing away the newspapers, you can clearly see in a close-up the safety rope. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cheaper by the Dozen/The Company/Calendar Girls/Big Fish/The Fog of War (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Black Cat Blues See more »
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 »
Quotes Chris: A while ago I asked John Clarke to give us a talk here at Knapely WI. Annie asked me to read it to you here tonight, and this is what he wrote: "The flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire. Every stage of their growth has its own beauty, but the last phase is always the most glorious. Then very quickly they all go to seed."
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Chris: "Which makes it ironic my favourite flower isn't even indigenous to the British Isles, let alone Yorkshire. I don't think there's anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that's because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that's such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life."
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