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Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

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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The show must go on, but the clothes must come off. See more »

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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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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£752,394 (UK) (27 November 2005)

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$11,034,436 (USA) (28 May 2006)
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Stephen Frears almost cast Celia Imrie as Lady Conway, but decided she was too young for the part. Thelma Barlow got it instead. See more »

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Vivian van Damm is portrayed as being in his mid-60s during the bombings. In reality he was only in his late 40s. See more »

Quotes

Laura Henderson: Why, Mr. Van Damm, you are jewish!
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Featured in Mrs Henderson Presents: Making Of (2006) See more »

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Goody Goody
Music by Matty Malneck
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
(c) Chappell & Co. Inc.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
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Really enjoyable
3 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've just seen this film and thought it was excellent - and Will Young does very well! The period detail, show tunes and production numbers are all very enjoyable and the story is by turns really funny and very sad and poignant. The previous reviewer does not seem to appreciate that a film about a theatre, which puts on shows, containing a singer... is bound to contain behind- the-scenes stuff, people rehearsing, people singing - the film, after all, is a film about a theatre! What else did he expect to see?! Don't let "peteranderson"'s poorly written review put you off - all he succeeds in doing is displaying a poor vocabulary (does he know no synonyms for "good"?!) and a dislike for Will Young, which says more about him than it does about the film or Will Young's performance.


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