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Mrs Henderson Presents

Year:
Duration:
103 min
Genres:
Comedy | Drama | Music | War
IMDB rate:
7.1
Director:
Stephen Frears
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 30 nominations
Details
Country: UK
Release Date: 2005-11-25
Filming Locations: Chester Terrace, Regent's Park, London, England, UK
Earnings
Budget: $20,000,000
Opening Weekend: $55,344 (USA) (11 December 2005)
Gross: $11,034,436 (USA) (28 May 2006)
Cast
Actor
Character
Thelma Barlow
Thelma Barlow
Mrs Henderson Presents
Kelly Reilly
Kelly Reilly
Mrs Henderson Presents
Natalia Tena
Natalia Tena
Mrs Henderson Presents
Rosalind Halstead
Rosalind Halstead
Mrs Henderson Presents
Judi Dench
Mrs. Laura Henderson
Bob Hoskins
Vivian Van Damm
Will Young
Bertie
Christopher Guest
Lord Cromer
Anna Brewster
Doris
Sarah Solemani
Vera
Thomas Allen
Eric Woodburn
Richard Syms
Ambrose
Ralph Nossek
Leslie Pearkes
Camille O'Sullivan
Jane
Doraly Rosen
Maggie
Matthew Hart
Frank Lawson
Tony De La Fou
Victor Thornton
Dorian Ford
Christian
Lloyd Hutchinson
Harry
Toby Jones
Gordon
Christopher Logan
Ken
Michael Culkin
Lord Cromer's Secretary
Samuel Barnett
Paul
Dinah O'Brien
Deering Sister
Maria Rohsean O'Brien
Deering Sister
Rebecca O'Brien
Deering Sister
Richard Dormer
Comic
Shona McWilliams
Gracie Kramer
Waris Hussein
Maharajah
Anthony Carrick
Male Mourner
Ann Queensberry
Female Mourner
Anne Lambton
Chairwoman
Sandy McDade
Civil Servant
Andrzej Borkowski
Count Banderdene
Joseph Long
Harry
Billy Seymour
Serviceman
Matt Blair
G.I.
Patrick Kennedy
Pilot
Patti Love
Natalie Van Damm
Elise Audeyev
Millerette
Vanessa Barmby
Millerette
Sophie Brown
Millerette
Vicki Davids
Millerette
Charlene Ford
Millerette
Frances Garvey
Millerette
Victoria Hay
Millerette
Rachel Lawrence
Millerette
Kate Power
Millerette
Melody Squire
Millerette
Ciaran Connolly
Chorus Boy
Joseph McMurray
Chorus Boy
Polly
Gilpin the Dog
Stuart Antony
Robert
Anoushka Arden
Maid
Karen Aspinall
Dancer (uncredited)
Rusty Goffe
Strongman
Adolf Hitler
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michael Mansbridge
Musician (uncredited)
Shane Nolan
British Soldier
Leonard Silver
Friend
John Warman
Civilian
Amber Worrall
Dancer (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
Mrs. Henderson says the famous Moulin Rouge music hall in Paris is the namesake of her Windmill. This is because Moulin Rouge translates as Red Windmill and has a windmill motif. She also mentions the female dancers in Paris who wear only bananas, an unmistakable allusion to the American expatriate who became a French national symbol: Josephine Baker.
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Mr. Van Damm announces that Bertie has been kept out of military service by his heart murmur, and everyone present (including Bertie) reacts as if this is a great joke. This suggests that it's an official cover story. Homosexual acts were a crime in Britain at the time, although they were usually covered up rather than prosecuted. The presence of obvious homosexuals in the army was considered bad for morale, so it was common for perfectly healthy men of that nature to enlist for service and be turned away. Since recruiting officers often refused to even admit that homosexuality existed, they paid doctors to publish falsified medical reports naming such a disability as the pretext for why the volunteers were turned away.
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Many scenes, such as the portraits, and the Wild West Show, are recreations from authentic photographs of the Windmill Theatre in its hey day.
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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.
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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.
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Quotes
Laura Henderson: [at Mrs. Henderson's husband's funeral] I'm bored with widowhood.
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Laura Henderson: Truth is so prosaic.
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Lord Cromer: Now what about, forgive me, the foliage?
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Faq
Q
How does it end?
A
Nude poser Maureen resigns after she discovers she's pregnant. She's killed in an air raid.The police want to close the theatre, but doesn't after a speech by Mrs. Henderson, in which she also reveals to all that she had lost a son in the first World War. She and Van Damm dance on the roof.
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Photos from cast
Thelma Barlow Ian Hanmore Kelly Reilly Natalia Tena Rosalind Halstead