Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.0/ 10 (10687 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for nudity and brief language

Production Company
BBC Films [gb] - (present)
Future Films [gb] - (in association with)
Heyman-Hoskins Productions [gb]
Micro Fusion [gb] - (in association with) (as Micro-Fusion)
Mrs. Henderson Productions Ltd. [gb]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Canada) - 9 September 2005
(Brazil) - 24 September 2005
(USA) - 7 October 2005
(France) - 8 October 2005
(USA) - 20 October 2005

Running Time

Nudity - Variety - High Society The show must go on, but the clothes must come off.

1930s, 1940s, abbreviation-in-title, actress, air-raid, air-raid-shelter, airplane, american-flag, animated-credits, anti-semitism, applause, archive-footage, art, artist, audition, backstage, bandage, barber, bare-breasts, based-on-true-story, beach-ball, bear-costume, bicycle, bicycle-accident, biplane,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Cameras and Lenses
MET:2841 m - (Portugal, 35 mm)
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Allen, Thomas (III) as (as Sir Thomas Allen) [Eric Woodburn] <11>
  2. Antony, Stuart as (uncredited) [Robert]
  3. Barnett, Samuel as [Paul] <23>
  4. Blair, Matt (I) as [G.I.] <37>
  5. Borkowski, Andrzej (I) as [Count Banderdene] <34>
  6. Carrick, Antony as [Male Mourner] <30>
  7. Connolly, Ciaran as [Chorus Boy] <50>
  8. Culkin, Michael (I) as [Lord Cromer's Secretary] <22>
  9. De La Fou, Tony as [Victor Thornton] <17>
  10. Dormer, Richard as [Comic] <27>
  11. Ford, Dorian as [Christian] <18>
  12. Goffe, Rusty as (uncredited) [Strongman]
  13. Guest, Christopher (I) as [Lord Cromer] <4>
  14. Hart, Matthew (IV) as [Frank Lawson] <16>
  15. Hoskins, Bob (I) as [Vivian Van Damm] <2>
  16. Hussein, Waris as [Maharajah] <29>
  17. Hutchinson, Lloyd as [Harry] <19>
  18. Jones, Toby (I) as [Gordon] <20>
  19. Kennedy, Patrick (IV) as [Pilot] <38>
  20. Logan, Christopher (II) as [Ken] <21>
  21. Long, Joseph (I) as [Harry] <35>
  22. McMurray, Joseph as [Chorus Boy] <51>
  23. Nolan, Shane as (uncredited) [British Soldier]
  24. Nossek, Ralph as [Leslie Pearkes] <13>
  25. Seymour, Billy as [Serviceman] <36>
  26. Silver, Leonard (I) as (uncredited) [Friend]
  27. Syms, Richard as [Ambrose] <12>
  28. Warman, John as (uncredited) [Civilian]
  29. Young, Will as [Bertie] <3>
  30. Arden, Anoushka as (uncredited) [Maid]
  31. Aspinall, Karen as (uncredited) [Dancer]
  32. Audeyev, Elise as [Millerette] <40>
  33. Barlow, Thelma as [Lady Conway] <6>
  34. Barmby, Vanessa as [Millerette] <41>
  35. Brewster, Anna as [Doris] <7>
  36. Brown, Sophie (III) as [Millerette] <42>
  37. Davids, Vicki as [Millerette] <43>
  38. Dench, Judi as [Mrs. Laura Henderson] <1>
  39. Ford, Charlene as [Millerette] <44>
  40. Garvey, Frances as [Millerette] <45>
  41. Halstead, Rosalind as [Frances] <8>
  42. Hay, Victoria (I) as [Millerette] <46>
  43. Lambton, Anne as [Chairwoman] <32>
  44. Lawrence, Rachel (I) as (as Rachael Lawrence) [Millerette] <47>
  45. Love, Patti as [Natalie Van Damm] <39>
  46. McDade, Sandy as [Civil Servant] <33>
  47. McWilliams, Shona as [Gracie Kramer] <28>
  48. O Brien, Dinah as [Deering Sister] <24>
  49. O Brien, Maria Rohsean as [Deering Sister] <25>
  50. O Brien, Rebecca (V) as [Deering Sister] <26>
  51. O Sullivan, Camille (I) as [Jane] <14>
  52. Polly (IV) as [Gilpin the Dog] <52>
  53. Power, Kate (II) as [Millerette] <48>
  54. Queensberry, Ann as [Female Mourner] <31>
  55. Reilly, Kelly (I) as [Maureen] <5>
  56. Rosen, Doraly as [Maggie] <15>
  57. Solemani, Sarah as [Vera] <9>
  58. Squire, Melody as [Millerette] <49>
  59. Tena, Natalia as [Peggy] <10>
  60. Worrall, Amber as (uncredited) [Dancer]


  1. Comedy
  2. Drama
  3. Music
  4. War

Full Plot

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. Jeremy Perkins {J-26} Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 161,990 (France) (31 January 2006) AD: 127,145 (France) (24 January 2006) AD: 16,300 (Netherlands) (31 December 2006) AD: 1,441 (Switzerland) (14 December 2005) BT: USD 20,000,000 CP: Micro-Fusion 2004-1 LLP GR: USD 11,034,436 (USA) (28 May 2006) GR: USD 11,024,163 (USA) (21 May 2006) GR: USD 11,005,376 (USA) (14 May 2006) GR: USD 10,965,943 (USA) (7 May 2006) GR: USD 10,927,578 (USA) (30 April 2006) GR: USD 10,893,249 (USA) (23 April 2006) GR: USD 10,842,360 (USA) (16 April 2006) GR: USD 10,757,195 (USA) (9 April 2006) GR: USD 10,599,863 (USA) (2 April 2006) GR: USD 10,327,106 (USA) (26 March 2006) GR: USD 9,927,344 (USA) (19 March 2006) GR: USD 9,376,251 (USA) (12 March 2006) GR: USD 8,472,639 (USA) (5 March 2006) GR: USD 7,140,655 (USA) (26 February 2006) GR: USD 5,829,683 (USA) (19 February 2006) GR: USD 4,363,175 (USA) (12 February 2006) GR: USD 3,214,755 (USA) (5 February 2006) GR: USD 2,047,145 (USA) (29 January 2006) GR: USD 1,612,287 (USA) (22 January 2006) GR: USD 1,128,965 (USA) (15 January 2006) GR: USD 621,324 (USA) (8 January 2006) GR: USD 461,112 (USA) (1 January 2006) GR: USD 229,573 (USA) (25 December 2005) GR: USD 123,522 (USA) (18 December 2005) GR: USD 55,344 (USA) (11 December 2005) GR: GBP 2,910,006 (UK) (25 December 2005) GR: GBP 2,788,162 (UK) (18 December 2005) GR: GBP 2,514,304 (UK) (11 December 2005) GR: GBP 1,906,152 (UK) (4 December 2005) GR: GBP 752,394 (UK) (27 November 2005) GR: EUR 18,738 (Netherlands) (15 January 2006) OW: USD 55,344 (USA) (11 December 2005) OW: GBP 752,394 (UK) (27 November 2005) (354 screens) OW: EUR 17,196 (Netherlands) (15 January 2006) (12 screens) WG: USD 5,242 (USA) (28 May 2006) WG: USD 10,138 (USA) (21 May 2006) (15 screens) WG: USD 29,201 (USA) (14 May 2006) (28 screens) WG: USD 23,043 (USA) (7 May 2006) (38 screens) WG: USD 23,534 (USA) (30 April 2006) (40 screens) WG: USD 26,508 (USA) (23 April 2006) (53 screens) WG: USD 53,076 (USA) (16 April 2006) (74 screens) WG: USD 77,200 (USA) (9 April 2006) (109 screens) WG: USD 169,724 (USA) (2 April 2006) WG: USD 240,745 (USA) (26 March 2006) (219 screens) WG: USD 346,838 (USA) (19 March 2006) (260 screens) WG: USD 517,044 (USA) (12 March 2006) (350 screens) WG: USD 905,491 (USA) (5 March 2006) (522 screens) WG: USD 1,001,298 (USA) (26 February 2006) (504 screens) WG: USD 1,114,552 (USA) (19 February 2006) (431 screens) WG: USD 693,226 (USA) (12 February 2006) (259 screens) WG: USD 1,038,849 (USA) (5 February 2006) (260 screens) WG: USD 302,150 (USA) (29 January 2006) (53 screens) WG: USD 364,442 (USA) (22 January 2006) (54 screens) WG: USD 451,191 (USA) (15 January 2006) (52 screens) WG: USD 114,669 (USA) (8 January 2006) WG: USD 156,498 (USA) (1 January 2006) WG: USD 85,015 (USA) (25 December 2005) (17 screens) WG: USD 42,486 (USA) (18 December 2005) WG: USD 55,344 (USA) (11 December 2005) WG: GBP 21,502 (UK) (25 December 2005) (81 screens) WG: GBP 63,694 (UK) (18 December 2005) (108 screens) WG: GBP 205,982 (UK) (11 December 2005) (253 screens) WG: GBP 518,838 (UK) (4 December 2005) (354 screens) WG: GBP 752,394 (UK) (27 November 2005) (354 screens) WG: EUR 17,196 (Netherlands) (15 January 2006) (12 screens)

Movie Certificate

12A (UK)
15A (Ireland)
M (Australia)
MG6 (Netherlands)
G (Canada)(Quebec)
PG (Canada)(British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario)
7 (Norway)
10 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
10 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
U (France)
M18 (Singapore)
14A (Canada)(Alberta/Nova Scotia)
K-7 (Finland)
14 (Brazil)
13 (Argentina)
7 (Sweden)
L (Iceland)
(Banned) (Malaysia)
T (Spain)
6 (Germany)
M/12 (Portugal)
M (New Zealand)
14 (Peru)

Music Composers

  1. Fenton, George


  1. Dunn, Andrew (I) (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Powell, Sandy (II)


A-Film Distribution [nl] - (2005) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
A-Film Home Entertainment [nl] - (2006) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Alliance Atlantis Communications [ca] - (2005) (Canada) (theatrical)
Alliance Atlantis Home Video [ca] - (2006) (Canada) (DVD)
BIM Distribuzione [it] - (2006) (Italy) (all media)
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) [gb] - (2006) (UK) (TV) (BBC1)
Buena Vista Home Entertainment (BVHE) [de] - (2006) (Germany) (DVD)
Buena Vista International [ar] - (2006) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Buena Vista International [de] - (2006) (Germany) (theatrical)
DHC [jp] - (2006) (Japan) (theatrical)
Festive Films [sg] - (2006) (Singapore) (theatrical)
Film1 [nl] - (2007) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
Gativideo [ar] - (2006) (Argentina) (DVD)
Gativideo [ar] - (2006) (Argentina) (VHS)
Genius Products [us] - (2006) (USA) (DVD)
Golden Village Entertainment [sg] - (2006) (Singapore) (theatrical)
Monopole-Pathé [ch] - (2005) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
Paradise Group [ru] - (2006) (Russia) (all media)
Pathé [fr] - (2006) (France) (theatrical)
Tiglon [tr] - (2006) (Turkey) (all media)
Warner Home Video [ch] - (2006) (Switzerland) (DVD)
Weinstein Company, The [us] - (2005) (USA) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Zucchetti, Lucia


  1. Aldous, Betty (production assistant: Norma Heyman)
  2. Angel, Jeremy (trainee floor runner)
  3. Astell, Debbie (choreographer)
  4. Barber, Samantha (I) (additional assistant director)
  5. Bates, Joanna (first assistant accountant)
  6. Beckett, Jo (II) (location scout)
  7. Ben Youssef, Naoufel (unit location manager: Paris)
  8. Black, Samantha (I) (production coordinator)
  9. Brazier, Lee (production executive)
  10. Broderick, Lesley (production accountant)
  11. Brown, Hannah (I) (production assistant)
  12. Burnage, Jeremy (co-production coordinator)
  13. Burnage, Jeremy (production coordinator: re-shoots)
  14. Burrows, Laura (I) (assistant accountant)
  15. Charlton, Gavin (chef)
  16. Clarkson, Tony (location manager)
  17. Collins, Orlagh (head of physical production: Pathé)
  18. Coughlin, Joey (runner)
  19. Eyles, Penny (script supervisor)
  20. Fazan, Eleanor (I) (choreographer)
  21. Hendry, Stuart (assistant stills photographer)
  22. Hopkins, Chris (III) (audio/video systems engineer)
  23. Hopps, Stuart (choreographer)
  24. Hughes, Sarah (VI) (script clearance)
  25. Johnson, Kelly (VI) (cashier)
  26. Julian, Laura (I) (assistant: Norman Heyman)
  27. Manning, Duncan (chef)
  28. Mathie, Stephen (console operator)
  29. Meslin, Christophe (head of systems)
  30. Mosley, Tim (II) (production runner)
  31. Ploteau, Matthieu (location manager: France)
  32. Price, Amelia (II) (production runner)
  33. Roland, Thomas (I) (location assistant)
  34. Symes, Phil (unit publicist)
  35. Wheeler, Jason (III) (location manager)
  36. Whittaker, Christine (I) (researcher: archive footage)
  37. Woods, Gavin (chef)
  38. Yiokoumi, Jack (chef)


Laura Henderson: Truth is so prosaic. Lord Cromer: I have learned in these many years of dealing with artists to detest imagination. Laura Henderson: I am bored with widowhood. I have to smile at everyone. I never had to smile at everyone before. In India, there were always people to look down upon. Laura Henderson: [at Mrs. Henderson's husband's funeral] I'm bored with widowhood. Lady Conway: My dear, you've just scratched the surface. Laura Henderson: I have to smile at everybody. I've never had to smile at everybody. In India, there were always people to look down on. Lady Conway: People are merely being sympathetic. After all, you have lost your husband. Laura Henderson: Well I didn't mislay him! It was most inconsiderate of Robert to die. What on earth am I supposed to do now? Lady Conway: It's really not so bad. Widows are allowed hobbies. Laura Henderson: Hobbies? Lady Conway: Yes. Embroidery, things like that. Laura Henderson: Are you mad? Lady Conway: I've graduated to weaving. Would you care to see my tapestries? Laura Henderson: I'd rather drink ink. Lady Conway: Committees are good of course. I serve on quite a few charities. Once your husband dies, it's quite permissible to help the poor. And now, there's no one to stop you buying things. Also, of course, there's a great deal of time for lovers. Laura Henderson: Margot, I'm nearly 70! Lady Conway: That's true, but you're also very rich. The one cancels out the other. Laura Henderson: Who on earth are you? Leslie Pearkes: This is Vivian Van Damm. Laura Henderson: Don't be silly. That's not a British name. Vivian Van Damm: In actual fact, my father's a lawyer in Bishopsgate, although some of his ancestors are from Holland. Laura Henderson: Oh, dear God, you're Jewish! Vivian Van Damm: As it happens, I'm not. Laura Henderson: Well, of course you are, dear. Just look at yourself. Vivian Van Damm: Mustn't keep the Millerettes waiting. Laura Henderson: Oh, that name is intolerable. It suggests midgets working in a factory. Vivian Van Damm: Millettes sounds like a medical condition. Bertie: What do you make of her? Vivian Van Damm: She's beautiful. Bertie: Yes. Vivian Van Damm: But the nipples... Bertie: Too large? Vivian Van Damm: They're not British. Could be Italian. We must have British nipples. Lady Conway: Adolescents and women in their eighth decade are strikingly similar. Lady Conway: You obviously require a battle plan. My second husband, the general, always advocated attacking from the rear, which, although it did nothing to enhance our marriage, did bring him some success on the field. Vivian Van Damm: She said it's not your fault. That can only mean one thing... Laura Henderson: Which is? Vivian Van Damm: That it is your fault! Laura Henderson: What a commotion! Maggie: They think the theater ecourages what they call overcongregating. It seems that we're too popular. Laura Henderson: Do you mean we'd stay open if we were a failure? How ridiculous! Vivian Van Damm: Listen, everyone... We have no choice - the government is forcing us to close. One more light dimming in the heart of London. Laura Henderson: He's turning into Winston again! Laura Henderson: When you lose a son in the war you do know, no matter what anyone might say, that his death has been in vain. It won't stop others from following, other wars, other young men. Laura Henderson: If we are to ask our youth to surrender their lives, then we should not ask them to surrender joy - or the possibility of joy! And, if along the way, we cause too many people to congregate in the street, who gives a fiddler's fuck? Laura Henderson: We have made rather a go at it, haven't we? Vivian Van Damm: Yes. You're a very irritating woman, but I wouldn't have missed this for the world. Laura Henderson: I feel quite the same - even though you're a very irritating man. Laura Henderson: We've had some good shows, but they're not daring enough. Let's get rid of the clothes. Lord Cromer: Now what about, forgive me, the foliage? Laura Henderson: Foliage? Lord Cromer: You know, beneath the... Laura Henderson: Beneath what? Try the Brie. Lord Cromer: Thank you. Beneath the... Laura Henderson: I had it flown in from France. Lord Cromer: Excellent. The foliage beneath the... Laura Henderson: My husband was very fond of it. Lord Cromer: Of what? Laura Henderson: This particular cheese. Lord Cromer: My dear, I'm attempting to address the disagreeable and somewhat sordid topic of the pudendum. Laura Henderson: What on earth is that? Lord Cromer: Good heavens, woman! Laura Henderson: Do have some more wine. Lord Cromer: The female part. Laura Henderson: Oh, the pussy! Lord Cromer: [Gasps] Laura Henderson: Why didn't you say? Lord Cromer: I had not expected you, of all people, to use such language. Laura Henderson: That word was rather popular in the mid-nineteenth century. Not everyone speaks Latin, you know. Lord Cromer: Then I'd prefer you refer to it as 'the midlands'. Laura Henderson: Oh dear, you men do get into such a state about 'the midlands', don't you? Well you needn't worry. Our lighting will be so subtle; the disputed area will be barely visible. [as Lord Cromer drinks his wine] Laura Henderson: And anyway, we'll have a barber. Lord Cromer: [spits out wine and Mrs Henderson laughs] Laura Henderson: Are you American? Soldier: Yes ma'am. Laura Henderson: Oh! Americans! Strange people, lovely manners. [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. [laughs] My, how we laughed! Laura Henderson: Do you find these women attractive? Bertie: Some of them are very pretty. Laura Henderson: Oh yes, I can certainly see that, but do they intrigue you as a man? Bertie: Ah... I have other inclinations. Laura Henderson: Oh... OH! How delicious! Laura Henderson: Tommy, you're so literal. You're thinking bosoms, but I'm thinking breasts. Lord Cromer: And what, my dear, is the difference? Laura Henderson: Ah, the difference is in your soul. Vivian Van Damm: What you are suggesting isn't possible. That kind of thing isn't done here. Nudity? In England? Jane: [sung] So you lie awake just singing the blues all night, goody goody! So you think that love's a barrel of dynamite! Laura Henderson: France is just full of naked women covered in bananas and, I dare say, making everyone else go bananas as well. Lord Cromer: Our intelligence tells me that Germany is going to bomb London. Laura Henderson: *My* intelligence tells me that. [last lines] Vivian Van Damm: Listen you old battle-axe! Laura Henderson: Don't you dare talk to me like that! Laura Henderson: Why, Mr. Van Damm, you are jewish!

Other Titles

  1. Lady Henderson presenta (2006) (ENG)

  2. Lady Henderson präsentiert (2006) (ENG)

  3. Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) (ENG)

  4. Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Chester Terrace, Regent's Park, London, England, UK - (exteriors)
  2. Cliveden House, Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - (exteriors)
  3. Coombe Hill, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - (opening funeral scene)
  4. France - (British military cemetery sequences)
  5. London, England, UK
  6. Serre Rd. No. 1 1914-1918, Commonwealth Cemetery, Picardy, France
  7. Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK
  8. UK


- Before the production started, there was a party, and many of the original Windmill girls attended. 'Bob Hoskins (I)' (qv) said it was remarkable; many of the women seemed to be older versions of the actresses.

- It was 'Judi Dench' (qv) and 'Bob Hoskins (I)' (qv) who, having been signed, requested 'Stephen Frears' (qv) to direct.

- 'Stephen Frears' (qv) almost cast 'Celia Imrie' (qv) as Lady Conway, but decided she was too young for the part. 'Thelma Barlow' (qv) got it instead.

- According to the director, 'Judi Dench' (qv) was always slightly nervous that they would edit her speeches, as she had learned them. During the 'sherry-sipping' party before the opening of the theatre, at two points, 'Thelma Barlow' (qv)'s character prompts her in her speech ("Bread line... Employment"). This wasn't in the script, but 'Stephen Frears' (qv) thought it was funny so included it into the final cut.

- In the scene where Van Damm and Mrs Henderson were arguing about the name Millettes (or Millerettes), it is all done in one continuous shot. 'Stephen Frears' (qv) thought it better to 'stand back and let the actors interact'.

- When Mrs. Henderson goes to visit the Lord Chamberlain