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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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Nudity - Variety - High Society 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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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£752,394 (United Kingdom), 27 November 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,344, 11 December 2005

Gross USA:

$11,034,436, 28 May 2006
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Trivia

The 'mouse' story was true; indeed, Van Damm and the the Lord Chamberlain's office were constantly arguing over the amount of light displayed on the bodies of the girls. See more »

Goofs

Alec Henderson (Mrs. Laura's son, killed by a German attack on France in 1915) is said several times to have been born in 1894, and this date is shown on his headstone. In fact he was born in 1888, and his headstone does not list any date. See more »

Quotes

[talking to the girls]
Lady Conway: I quite understand what you were feeling. I myself have exhibited my breasts. I was at a party at Antibes with the Duchess of Denby and Countess Volpe, and we took off our blouses - in private, of course - and looked at each other's titties.
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Lady Conway: My, how we laughed!
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Features Mystery at the Burlesque (1949) See more »

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Girl in the Little Green Hat
Written by Jack Scholl, Bradford Browne & Max Rich
Published by Dash Music Co. Ltd
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A winner
23 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

A lovely movie. The idea that a movie about a strip joint could be so classy and funny seems absurd. Yet here is a loving portrayal of London's Windmill Theatre whose motto "We never closed" (or, as some wags used to say, "We never clothed")sustained them through World War Two and at least into the 60s. Judy Dench seems to have shed her Dameness for a a high old time as a very glamorous, and slightly camp, septuagenarian. Bob Hoskins (also producer) is very restrained yet determined as her adversarial business partner. And Christopher Guest puts in a surprise appearance as the Lord Chamberlin befuddled at having to grant a license to such a licentious business enterprise. It is he that comes up with the idea that nudes absolutely still on stage are "art". The depiction of the London Blitz is romantic and at one moment tragically graphic. A must for Denchophiles, Anglophiles, nude lovers, showbiz types, and anyone who likes a good yarn well told.


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