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Calendar Girls

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2003
  • Nigel Cole
  • 103 mins
  • 12A

Summary

When her husband dies of leukaemia, a Women's Institute member is inspired to raise funds for the local hospital. Casting inhibitions and clothes aside, the widow and her daring friend encourage their fellow members to pose nude for a charity calendar, causing a stir in their Yorkshire village and beyond. Nigel Cole's fact-based comedy drama, starring Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Annette Crosbie, Celia Imrie and Penelope Wilton.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Julie Walters, Helen Mirren and Linda Bassett shine in this moving true story of a group of middle-aged women stripping for charity. The "girls" in question are members of the North Yorkshire Women's Institute, who decide to raise money for the local hospital by posing nude for a calendar. The pivotal photo shoot is comedy gold (with the women's spare-part husbands gathering in the pub like expectant fathers - a lovely touch), and there is a touching, fallible humanity to the performances that keeps the whole thing on the right side of farce. Inevitable comparisons were originally made between this and The Full Monty, but Nigel Cole's film is less broad and the cast of "ladies of a certain age" is spotless.

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Credits

Cast

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ChrisHelen Mirren
AnnieJulie Walters
RuthPenelope Wilton
JessieAnnette Crosbie
CeliaCelia Imrie
CoraLinda Bassett
KathyGeorgie Glen
MayAngela Curran
TrudyRosalind March
RodCiaran Hinds
JohnJohn Alderton
LawrencePhilip Glenister
JemJohn-Paul MacLeod
MarieGeraldine James
FrankJohn Fortune
Hotel managerMatt Malloy
Jay LenoJay Leno

Crew

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DirectorNigel Cole

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2003-09-05
Language
English
Guidance
Some nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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