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Calendar Girls (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 1 January 2004 (USA)
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A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.

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Nigel Cole
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Chris
Julie Walters ... Annie
John Alderton ... John
Linda Bassett ... Cora
Annette Crosbie ... Jessie
Philip Glenister ... Lawrence
Ciarán Hinds ... Rod (as Ciaran Hinds)
Celia Imrie ... Celia
Geraldine James ... Marie
Penelope Wilton ... Ruth
George Costigan ... Eddie
Graham Crowden ... Richard
John Fortune ... Frank
Georgie Glen ... Kathy
Angela Curran Angela Curran ... May
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Storyline

Middle aged Chris Harper and Annie Clarke are best friends. They spend much of their time at their local Knapely, Yorkshire County chapter of the Women's Institute (WI), whose motto is "enlightenment, fun and friendship". Although they like most of the women at the WI (the friendship part), they, but the perceived flaky Chris in particular, hold the way Marie, the local president, runs the chapter with derision. They find much of what goes on there, especially the monthly presentations, banal and devoid of enlightenment and fun. Equally as banal was last year's fund-raising calendar, featuring local bridges, which raised a meager £75.60, with this year's proposed calendar, local churches, promising to be even more so. After Annie's husband John passes away from leukemia, Chris wants the WI to provide a memorial in his memory: a new sofa for the family room at the hospital. The one Chris wants to buy costs £999, which she proposes to raise by changing the fund-raising calendar to one ... Written by Huggo

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Drop everything this holiday season. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for nudity, some language and drug-related material | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calendar Girls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,393, 21 December 2003

Gross USA:

$31,041,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,400,759
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Graham Crowden's final film before his death on October 19, 2010 at the age of 87. See more »

Goofs

The girls are using a video camera in front of the hotel when Chris arrives. The word "Canon" on the camera strap is reversed, indicating the film has been flipped from left to right. Moments later after Chris gets out of the taxi, the film has been flipped back to its proper orientation. See more »

Quotes

[Jem has been arrested by the police for possession of cannabis]
Rod: They're not charging him.
Annie: Why? Is it not illegal then?
Rod: Well, cannabis is, but they tend not to worry too much about oregano.
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Crazy Credits

The cast list is split into two halves. The first thirteen actors/characters (Helen Mirren/Chris to John Fortune/Frank) are followed by the main crew such as the producers, writer and director, with the remaining cast appearing after this. See more »

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Featured in Who Do You Think You Are?: Celia Imrie (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

You Upset Me Baby
Written by Joe Josea and B.B. King
Published by Powerforce Music / BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by B.B. King
Courtesy of Ace Records Ltd.
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a joyous comedy
12 July 2004 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

One of the most delightful films of recent years, `Calendar Girls,' a distaff version of `The Full Monty,' is the true story of a group of middle-aged English women who became international celebrities when they designed and posed for a nude fundraising calendar that sold millions of copies worldwide. Julie Walters and Helen Mirren head a wonderful cast, with Walters as a woman whose husband dies of leukemia and Mirren as her best friend who comes up with the idea of the calendar as a way of both honoring his memory and raising money for the local hospital.

The risk for any `feel good' comedy is that it will become cloying, coy or cutesy. Luckily, `Calendar Girls' boasts an enormously witty screenplay and first-rate performances by its highly gifted cast. Each of the `girls' is given her own unique personality so that we see them not just as a group, united in this inspiring endeavor, but as individuals working through their own personal demons on the rode to the project's completion. The women face the expected roadblocks and snafus in the form of `shocked,' disapproving voices in the community, but their belief in the rightness of their cause brushes all such problems aside.

This charming film provides more genuine, out-and-out laughs than almost any comedy of recent times. `Calendar Girls' is heartwarming, touching and inspiring – and what more could one ask from a `feel-good' film than that?


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