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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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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 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 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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Trivia

Many of the scenes from the war were taken from real-life documentaries by Humphrey Jennings. See more »

Goofs

Lord Cromer was Lord Chamberlain from 1922 to 1937 and was retired before the war. 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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Referenced in Cleanflix (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Teddy Bears' Picnic
Music by John W. Bratton
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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Gently amusing British wartime film with superb music
4 December 2005 | by svwSee all my reviews

I cannot believe how badly this lovely film has been savaged on IMDb.

Apart from spectacular vaudeville staging, Judi Dench plays her eccentric, mischievous widow to perfection and the excellent Bob Hoskins is cast surprisingly out of type as a reserved, rather complex, gentlemanly but iron-willed theatre manager. Their argumentative relationship is amusing without being overbearing, as the film is essentially a nicely balanced ensemble piece. Dench's character Laura Henderson turns out to have a very touching motivation for her desire to stage daring musicals for brave young men off to war. Will Young gives an astonishingly strong vocal performance throughout. His mannered vocal style is perfect, and he looks every inch the part on stage. His few brief moments of acting are nothing to blush over either. Kelly Reilly, the star of the naked girlie reviews, is quite simply mesmerising to watch, and ultimately her character is full of pathos.

And if none of that were enough to engage you, you've got an interesting wartime plot, based on true events in the history of the Windmill Theatre, which in current circumstances feels highly topical and relevant for Londoners. 9/10


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