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      Mrs. Henderson Presents

      2005, Comedy/Drama, 1h 43m

      144 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins shine in this warm, witty period piece. Read critic reviews

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      With some money in her pocket after the death of her husband, Mrs. Laura Henderson (Judi Dench) buys a theater and hires the irascible theater manager Vivian Van Damm (Bob Hoskins) to run the business, despite bad blood between the two. Henderson has a hit on her hands when she decides to add beautiful nude women to the stage shows at her Windmill Theatre. Though they are touched by tragedy, Henderson and her company bravely keep the theater active during the 1940-'41 Blitz of London.

      • Rating: R (Nudity|Brief Language)

      • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Stephen Frears

      • Producer: Norma Heyman, David Aukin

      • Writer: Martin Sherman

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $11.0M

      • Runtime:

      • Production Co: BBC, Future Films

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

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      • Jun 02, 2014

        The Windmill Theater in London was infamous for shaking up that famous British stiff upper lip with their girly revues and bawdy shows, and that story is told here (however informed by Hollywood musicals). So the background story is laid out about a rich society widow sponsoring an showbiz venture, unusual in Britain upper circles, and the eventual success of that venture, but the real film lies in the re-creation of the stage shows put on in those years. The whole is not bad, yet lacking the bite the real story, a British story, of the impact, humanity and courage even prostitutes must've had during the wartime blitz. For a work purportedly celebrating those people, this film shies away from who those people were.

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      • Jan 09, 2014

        Speaking of Judi Dench, we find her here getting an Oscar nomination simply for being...Judi Dench. Mrs. Henderson decides as a hobby to open a strip club in the pre war London period. An interesting concept but the execution is silly and forgettable.

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      • Aug 21, 2012

        The recently widowed Mrs. Henderson has no idea what to do with her life and her vast amount of cash. Her friend suggests she gets herself a hobby, and after pricking her finger doing some embroidery she instead decides to buy a rundown theatre. She hires theatre manager Bob Hoskins to take over and run a musical review which all goes fine and dandy until everyone copies them. They decide to do something more daring and so have nudes on the stage. The film has the classical polite British putdowns and absurd but brilliant satirical moments. The nudes are not allowed to move, because then it's art. The musical numbers are quite fun and inventive and the verbal fisticuffs between Dench and Hoskins is brilliant. They each give us a warm but strict character and there is a lot of chemistry, which makes it even more interesting when the film shrugs off the romance angle between the pair. In the latter half after the war kicks off the film inevitably loses some of its warm colourful charm, but reflects the time period accordingly. A great supporting cast, especially Guest in a hilarious role, bring alive those little moments. A joyful feel good movie that gives a lot of heart.

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