Mrs. Henderson Presents

Mrs. Henderson Presents

Mrs. Henderson Presents
A light, based on fact, comedy/drama starring two screen legends in Dench & Hoskins.

Mrs. Laura Henderson (the undeniably affecting Dench), a wealthy widow, refuses to spend her last days playing bridge and cooking scones, instead she buys herself The Windmill Theater in London. She hires a successful and stubborn showman Vivian Van Dam (Hoskins) to make it work. While the Germans are bombing, the Windmill roars louder as Laura bypasses censorship laws and runs a nude revue. In order to titillate Londoners, she gets her dancers to just stand still – thus they’re not actually nude dancers, just nude, and legal. “Brought to its knees by war, what Mrs. Henderson Presents brings a nation to its feet in applause”.
99 minsUK
ComedyDrama
Director:
Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things, High Fidelity, Mary Reilly, Dangerous Liaisons)
Writer:
Martin Sherman
Cast:
Judi DenchBob HoskinsWill YoungKelly ReillyThelma BarlowChristopher Guest
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Review

A good flick. Really a ladies one, but I did enjoy it.
The story of the establishment (or re-establishment) of a theatre during war times and the trials and tribulations of getting it going and keeping it going. Due to Mrs Hendersons view of what sort of show soldiers and their girls would want to see Mrs. H found the athorities attempting to shut her...

3.0

Review

Wonderful! I indeed did with my mother - a grandmother - but I think I enjoyed it more. Joyous, filled with lovely ladies, funny and the acting is sublime. Judi Dench, and suprisingly (to me), Bob Hoskins, are so likeable. Highly recommended.

5.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Mrs. Henderson Presents is not great cinema, and neither was the Windmill great theater, but they both put on a good show...

3.0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

It's a slight story to be sure, but the pleasures of Mrs. Henderson Presents lie less with the narrative and more with the film's tone and the dynamic duo of Dench and Hoskins...

3.0
BBC

BBC

press

DENCH AND HOSKINS LEAP OFF THE SCREEN... Something wicked this way comes in Stephen Frears' musical-drama Mrs Henderson Presents. Amazingly it's Dame Judi Dench, who delivers a captivating performance as an upper class widow who buys a dilapidated Soho theatre and turns it into a nude revue, which combines a quirky showbiz tale with stiff upper lips in war-torn London...

3.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Mrs. Henderson Presents is not great cinema, and neither was the Windmill great theater, but they both put on a good show...

3.0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

It's a slight story to be sure, but the pleasures of Mrs. Henderson Presents lie less with the narrative and more with the film's tone and the dynamic duo of Dench and Hoskins...

3.0
BBC

BBC

press

DENCH AND HOSKINS LEAP OFF THE SCREEN... Something wicked this way comes in Stephen Frears' musical-drama Mrs Henderson Presents. Amazingly it's Dame Judi Dench, who delivers a captivating performance as an upper class widow who buys a dilapidated Soho theatre and turns it into a nude revue, which combines a quirky showbiz tale with stiff upper lips in war-torn London...

3.0

Review

A good flick. Really a ladies one, but I did enjoy it.
The story of the establishment (or re-establishment) of a theatre during war times and the trials and tribulations of getting it going and keeping it going. Due to Mrs Hendersons view of what sort of show soldiers and their girls would want to see Mrs. H found the athorities attempting to shut...

3.0

Review

Wonderful! I indeed did with my mother - a grandmother - but I think I enjoyed it more. Joyous, filled with lovely ladies, funny and the acting is sublime. Judi Dench, and suprisingly (to me), Bob Hoskins, are so likeable. Highly recommended.

5.0