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Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

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Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mrs. Laura Henderson
... Vivian Van Damm
... Bertie
... Lord Cromer
... Maureen
Thelma Barlow ... Lady Conway
... Doris
... Frances
... Vera
... Peggy
Thomas Allen ... Eric Woodburn (as Sir Thomas Allen)
... Ambrose
Ralph Nossek ... Leslie Pearkes
Camille O'Sullivan ... Jane
Doraly Rosen ... Maggie
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Storyline

Recently widowed well-to-do Laura Henderson is at a bit of a loose end in inter-war London. On a whim she buys the derelict Windmill theatre in the West End and persuades impresario Vivian Van Damm to run it, despite the fact the two don't seem to get on at all. Although their idea of a non-stop revue is at first a success, other theatres copy it and disaster looms. Laura suggests they put nudes in the show, but Van Damm points out that the Lord Chamberlain, who licenses live shows in Britain, is likely to have something to say about this. Luckily Mrs Henderson is friends with him. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Nudity - Variety - High Society See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | War

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Rated R for nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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17 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Henderson Presents  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£752,394 (United Kingdom), 27 November 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,344, 11 December 2005

Gross USA:

$11,034,436, 28 May 2006
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According to the director, Judi Dench was always slightly nervous that they would edit her speeches, as she had learned them. During the 'sherry-sipping' party before the opening of the theatre, at two points, Thelma Barlow's character prompts her in her speech ("Bread line... Employment"). This wasn't in the script, but Stephen Frears thought it was funny so included it into the final cut. See more »

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Alec Henderson (Mrs. Laura's son, killed by a German attack on France in 1915) is said several times to have been born in 1894, and this date is shown on his headstone. In fact he was born in 1888, and his headstone does not list any date. See more »

Quotes

Laura Henderson: What a commotion!
Maggie: They think the theater ecourages what they call overcongregating. It seems that we're too popular.
Laura Henderson: Do you mean we'd stay open if we were a failure? How ridiculous!
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Featured in The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Babies of the Blitz
D. Barnes / R. Burrows
Music by George Fenton & Simon Chamberlain
Published by Pathé Fund Ltd/Shogun Music Ltd/Copyright Control
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An all-round British triumph
30 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

How to start on this spectacular film?

The music is superb, Fenton did a sterling job in providing the score for this enthralling musical. Judi Dench sits, as always, perfectly in the role of rebellious Laura Henderson, and her rapport with Bob Hoskins gives a punch to the storyline. The stunning Kelly Reilly combines her English-rose appearance with wartime tenacity and delivers a truly believable and moving performance throughout. Will Young, a surprise casting for many, heads the musical cast with an almost scarily convincing performance as the energetic performer, Bertie. He's rightly received glowing reviews after his substantial appearance in the movie, most notably from Dench and Hoskins themselves - inspired casting by Frears.

This film is a perfect example of typically British humour and attitudes, particular during WWII - In fact it's been a hit with many people from the era (when I went to see it I was surrounded not least by people of 60 and over who reacted to the film with raucous laughter and many a teary eye). I whole heartedly recommend this film to anyone with a love of music, comedy, history, Britain or simply bloody good acting.


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