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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.

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 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

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Taglines:

Nudity - Variety - High Society See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS (US prints)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real-life Laura Henderson was 80 when she died in 1944, yet Judi Dench mentions at one point she is nearing 70. See more »

Goofs

Lord Cromer was Lord Chamberlain from 1922 to 1937 and was retired before the war. See more »

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Laura Henderson: Truth is so prosaic.
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Judy, Judy, Judy!!!
21 December 2005 | by liz-173See all my reviews

Oh isn't she terrific?! As a Brit, I get a bit tee-ed off with the 'heritage' type of movie; the type that present a picture that never existed, but the very presence of the old dame gives Mrs Henderson Presents a really uplifting quality. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, all the performances were excellent, Judes of course, but Bob Hoskins as well... oh, and Will Young - he reminded me of Tommy Tune in The Boyfriend - well worth a few quid of anyone's money! I saw it at a preview screening and had the good fortune to chat with Bob Hoskins after the film. He was wonderful, a pocket-sized bundle of fun (though Bob, you owe me two fags). I asked him what it was like working with the Dame (she has a reputation for being totally committed and therefore can be a bit scary). He grinned a grin the size of the Dartford Tunnel and said 'Judy! She frightened the effing (though he didn't say 'effing')life out of me!!' It was a great moment - he's one of my heroes; stunning in The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa... and a little, grey-haired old lady terrified him!! He said she on the ball twenty four hours a day and worked like a trouper. Wonderful!!! I would absolutely recommend Mrs Henderson Presents; it's nostalgic, yes; it's a bit contrived; but hey, artistic license is allowed still isn't it? And I'd rather watch this than sit through turgid dross like Notting Hill or Four Weddings. As British films go - this might just signal a bit of a comeback - we can but hope.


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