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Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

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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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

DTS (US prints)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Mrs. Henderson is in bed talking to Lady Conway by telephone, we see it as a split screen. Stephen Frears achieved this by filming them simultaneously side by side. See more »

Goofs

Laura Henderson's husband died in 1919, she purchased the Palais de Luxe and turned it into the Windmill Theatre in 1931, and introduced the nude "tableaux vivants" in 1932. The movie depicts all these events as occurring after 1937. See more »

Quotes

Vivian Van Damm: Mustn't keep the Millerettes waiting.
Laura Henderson: Oh, that name is intolerable. It suggests midgets working in a factory.
Vivian Van Damm: Millettes sounds like a medical condition.
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Connections

Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) See more »

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Girl in the Little Green Hat
Written by Jack Scholl, Bradford Browne & Max Rich
Published by Dash Music Co. Ltd
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An all-round British triumph
30 December 2005 | by bushbabyskipSee 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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