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Calendar Girls (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 1 January 2004 (USA)
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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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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Some ladies will do anything for a good cause. 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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1 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chicas de calendario  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,762,505 (United Kingdom), 12 September 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$151,393, 21 December 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,041,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,542,059, 31 December 2004
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to the depiction in the film, the proposal for the calendar enjoyed broad support in the Women's Institute organisation. See more »

Goofs

When Jem Harper is on the cliff, throwing away the newspapers, you can clearly see in a close-up the safety rope. See more »

Quotes

[discussing the calendar]
Chris: It *should* be bloody George Clooney. I mean, come the toss between Burnsall Church and George Clooney, I know which I'd rather wake up looking at.
John: It is a Norman church, you know.
Chris: I'm not disputing the loveliness of the church, John. It's the firmness of the buttocks I'm worried about.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in 20 to 1: Crazy Customs (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride Your Pony
Written by Allen Toussaint
© Jarb Publishing Co
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Performed by The Meters
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products/Warner Strategic Marketing UK
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The Last Phase of the Women of Yorkshire Is Always the Most Glorious
11 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

In the small town of Knapely, Yorkshire, England, Annie Clarke (Julie Walters) has just lost her husband, who was ill with leukemia. Inspired in his speech to the local Women's Institute, where he said that "the flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire", and "the last phase of the women of Yorkshire is always the most glorious", her best friend Chris Harper (Helen Mirren) decides to make a calendar with twelve local middle-age women nude to raise funds for the wing of leukemia treatment in the local hospital. The calendar becomes well succeeded, making them famous and affecting their lives.

"Calendar Girls" is a good dramatic comedy, with an interesting screenplay and great performances of Julie Walters and Helen Mirren. It becomes funnier because of the behavior clichés of the British husbands. I found hilarious the scene of the breakfast, when the husband tells his wife that she is nude in the newspaper, and then he asks for the bacon. This movie is a good entertainment. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Garotas do Calendário" ("Calendar Girls")


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