A recently widowed eccentric with money to burn and no intentions of settling down enlists the aide of a showbiz professional to transform a run-down theater in Soho into London's most innovative entertainment hot spot in director Stephen Frears' cinematic account of the groundbreaking Windmill Theater. The year is 1937 and, despite having recently lost her husband, 69-year-old Laura Henderson (Judy Dench) remains as ambitious and vital as ever. Aghast at her friend Lady Conway's (Thelma Barlow) suggestion that she take up a mundane hobby such as diamond collecting to pass the time, Mrs. Henderson instead shocks her well-to-do social circle by purchasing the ramshackle Windmill Theater in the heart of downtown Soho. Unafraid to take a risk in the venture, yet lacking the experience needed to run the theater, Mrs. Henderson brings in showbiz veteran Vivian Van Damm (Bob Hoskins) to line up an opening act that will set the stage ablaze. When the ever-curious Mrs. Henderson's intrusive spying begins to impede on Mr. Van Damm's creative progress, the frustrated theater manager has her banished from rehearsals. Though Van Damm's innovative idea to stage an unending stream of entertainment dubbed "Revudeville" proves a wild and profitable success, the Windmill begins to suffer when other local theaters quickly follow suit. Now faced with the prospect of seeing her once-lucrative endeavor fall by the wayside due to the unoriginality of the copycats who surround her, Mrs. Henderson decides to show audiences something they've never seen before by making the Windmill the first theater to feature nude female entertainers live on-stage.
Disc #1 -- Mrs. Henderson Presents 1. Opening Credits [3:36] 2. The Funeral [5:22] 3. Alec [3:14] 4. Appointment With Van-Damm [6:43] 5. Windmill Auditions [4:08] 6. Opening Night Gala [3:49] 7. Rules on Nudity [4:53] 8. Nude Auditions [5:49] 9. Words of Encouragement [5:47] 10. "Meet My Wife" [7:20] 11. "Battle Plan" [6:13] 12. Plane Ride [3:04] 13. "Welcome Back" [1:50] 14. A Close Call [1:54] 15. The Show Must Go On [3:22] 16. No. 1 Fan [5:36] 17. A Sudden Loss [8:55] 18. Closure [4:51] 19. The Windmill Lives On [6:34] 20. End Credits [4:56]
Disc #1 -- Mrs. Henderson Presents Play Movie Scene Selection Captions And Subtitles English For The Hearing Impaired Spanish None Special Features Feature Commentary With Director Stephen Frears The Making Of Mrs. Henderson Presents Play All The Real Windmill Girls Casting The Show The Look Choreography Making The Movie Production Photography Theatrical Trailer
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More than 1 year ago
This movie is a gem. It tells the story of a small theater in London, where non-stop performances are being given. It is basically a nude revue, but done in exemplary taste. Judy Dench is, as always, amazing, but so is the rest of the cast. The young women and the men who ogle them show the years before and during World War 2, when civility and basic good manners were still evident. It was still a time of "innocent pleasures", and in a certain way, I feel nostalgic about that era, when I was just a little boy. The music is absolutely amazing: the composer George Fenton, is spot-on. I particularly enjoyed "Babes of the Blitz". "Mrs. Henderson Presents" is a thoroughly delightful and nostalgic look at a little story of London during the early years of the Second World War. Highly recommended
More than 1 year ago
I am a prude. I admit it. You must accept that as a given if you are to understand how unlikely I am to write this review. Only Judi Dench could have enticed me to see a movie featuring so much disrobing of the human body in public. But this story is presented with so delicate a hand that it not only avoids vulgarity, but embraces grace, style and significance in a manner that I shall not soon forget. There has not been a movie since "Dead Poets Society" that I cared to see twice, much less actually purchase. I will be buying, watching again and recommending widely "Mrs. Henderson Presents." All adults can enjoy it, but if you can recall anything about World War II, you will remember this film for a long time.
More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this movie & it was more fun to watch than expected but the plot was not as good as it might have been but i really like the stars so i'm glad i ordered it & the pricing was excellent this time on bn during a special sale. i think bn should offer much more aggressive pricing & they would become the e-store of choice, especially if they did not expect people to pay $25 to save on their products. amazon is often cheaper & still does not have customers pay to save $
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