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

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17 February 2006 (USA)  »

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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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It was Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins who, having been signed, requested Stephen Frears to direct. See more »

Goofs

The rain was falling down on the windshield in such a manor that was not realistic when Vivian and Bertie were searching for their English Rose. Their car and Vivian's driving were obviously done with green screen or in studio. The lighting of the car also gives away the phony look of the performance. See more »

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Lady Conway: It's really not so bad. Widows are allowed hobbies.
Laura Henderson: Hobbies?
Lady Conway: Yes. Embroidery, things like that.
Laura Henderson: Are you mad?
Lady Conway: I've graduated to weaving. Would you care to see my tapestries?
Laura Henderson: I'd rather drink ink.
Lady Conway: Committees are good of course. I serve on quite a few charities. Once your husband dies, it's quite permissible to help the poor. And now, there's no one to stop you buying things. Also, of course, there's a great deal of time for lovers.
Laura Henderson: Margot, I'm nearly 70!
Lady Conway: That's true, but you're also very rich. ...
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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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MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS is a brilliant film and a great story.
10 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Judi Dench as MRS. HENDERSON is a joy to watch from the first scene in the cemetery to the last scene on a roof top in London. A powerful story of a rich English woman who strikes gold with an investment in a theater in London during World War II and turns her investment into a brilliant refuge for her audience as bombs drop all around the theater.

Bob Hoskins turns in a performance as brilliant as Ms. Dench and the two of the them on the screen together is such a pleasure to watch two polished and professional actors light up the screen. The chemistry between them is marvelous, and their scenes together are filled with tremendous writing and biting humor. A "cinematic joy" just in time for the Awards season.

MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS brings us back to the time of World War II and visually shows us the strength of character which the English people had in fighting the Germans and the tremendous sacrifices made by Great Britain to win the war. The supporting cast of beautiful women, and the marvelous role Christopher Guest has in the movie makes this film one to remember and cherish during the holiday season.

LET THERE ALWAYS BE AN ENGLAND.


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