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

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writers:

David Rose (idea), Kathy Rose (idea) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Mrs. Laura Henderson
Bob Hoskins ... Vivian Van Damm
Will Young ... Bertie
Christopher Guest ... Lord Cromer
Kelly Reilly ... Maureen
Thelma Barlow Thelma Barlow ... Lady Conway
Anna Brewster ... Doris
Rosalind Halstead ... Frances
Sarah Solemani ... Vera
Natalia Tena ... Peggy
Thomas Allen Thomas Allen ... Eric Woodburn (as Sir Thomas Allen)
Richard Syms ... Ambrose
Ralph Nossek Ralph Nossek ... Leslie Pearkes
Camille O'Sullivan Camille O'Sullivan ... Jane
Doraly Rosen Doraly Rosen ... Maggie
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Storyline

Recently widowed well-to-do Mrs. Laura Henderson (Dame Judi Dench) 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 (Bob Hoskins) to run it, despite the fact the two don't seem to get along 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, Lord Rowland Baring, 2nd Earl of Cromer (Christopher Guest), who licenses live shows in Britain, is likely to have something to say about this. Luckily, Mrs. Henderson is friends with him. Written by J-26

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The show must go on, but the clothes must come off. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

When Vivian Van Damm gives a patriotic wartime speech to the Windmill Theater's cast and crew, Mrs. Henderson says of him, "He thinks he's bloody Winston Churchill." In fact, Bob Hoskins played Sir Winston Churchill in the mini-series, World War II: When Lions Roared (1994). See more »

Goofs

Vivian van Damm is portrayed as being in his mid-60s during the bombings. In reality he was only in his late 40s. See more »

Quotes

Vivian Van Damm: She said it's not your fault. That can only mean one thing...
Laura Henderson: Which is?
Vivian Van Damm: That it is your fault!
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Connections

Referenced in Comedy Connections: Dinnerladies (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Sails of the Windmill
Lyrics by Hyslop / Rose
Music by George Fenton & Simon Chamberlain
Published by Pathé Fund Ltd/Shogun Music Ltd/Copyright Control
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A feel good experience
1 January 2006 | by robrpc-1See all my reviews

This little gem was given a bad review by a local newspaper critic and I couldn't disagree more!! I loved it. Judy Dench (the wonderful) and Bob Hoskins are fabulous in their roles and I loved the flirtatious undercurrents. This film made me laugh and cry .... I left the theatre feeling lovely ... what more could you ask for in a movie?? The history of the Windmill Theatre and the (ludicrious) laws allowing the nudes on stage was very interesting. I think Will Young did very well in his first movie, I am an oldie who enjoys his singing. All in all a great movie, Judy Dench fans wont be disappointed, and I hope some younger movie goers give it a go as its well worth the viewing.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Henderson Presents See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,344, 11 December 2005

Gross USA:

$11,036,366

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,876,417
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Dolby Digital | DTS (US prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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