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Calendar Girls (2003)

Helen Mirren , Julie Walters , Nigel Cole  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, John Alderton, Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie
  • Directors: Nigel Cole
  • Writers: Juliette Towhidi, Tim Firth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55M4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Calendar Girls" on IMDb

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"The Naked Truth" Documentary: Meet The Original "Calendar Girls" Who Were The Inspiration For The Film.

Editorial Reviews

When 12 ordinary members of the Women's Institute, a prim and proper local ladies' club, decide they need to find a more compelling way to raise money for a new charity, they turn to their traditional annual calendar and give it a very untraditional twist. Behind the usual baked goods, the apple pressing, and the flower arrangements are the women -- completely nude! Starring 2003 Golden Globe nominee Helen Mirren (Best Actress, CALENDAR GIRLS) and Julie Walters (HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS), CALENDAR GIRLS is a terrifically entertaining comedy. And that's the naked truth.

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128 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Not naked....nude!" January 1, 2004
Calendar Girls is a sweet and uplifting British comedy based on a true story. Set in the picturesque village of Napely, we meet 50-something best friends Chris (Helen Miren) and Annie (Julie Walters). They belong to the local Women's Institute, which is staid and traditional, and to them, boring and silly. (Their annual fund-raising event is selling a calendar with photos of jams and flowers.) When Annie's beloved husband dies from cancer, some of the club members decide to raise money for a new sofa in the hospital waiting room by selling a calendar featuring themselves in the (gasp!) nude.

Helen Miren is great as the feisty and opinionated Chris, whose involvement alienates her family. Julie Walters is very likeable and sympathetic as the new widow. Ciaran Hinds, who has starred in many period films, has a small but good role as Chris' husband.

Most of the movie is beautifully photographed in rural England and it is simply idyllic. This is in sharp contrast to the unsavory scenes filmed in Hollywood (when the ladies appear on The Tonight Show.) The story is heartwarming, but avoids being syrupy. The nude scenes are tastefully done, and played for laughs, as one would expect. The real calendar, by the way, has so far raised $1.6M for a new cancer hospital wing (and the new sofa). I heartily recommend this refreshing and well-made comedy.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! January 3, 2004
By Shaz
The film is based on the true story of the women of the Rylstone Women's Institute in North Yorkshire, England. Tired of having the same boring speakers (who delve into the fascinating world of rag rugs, or the different species of broccoli), member Annie (Julie Walters, "Billy Elliot") asks her husband John, an avid horticulturist, to speak at the institute. John, however, is battling luekemia, and before he can do his speech, he passes away. Annie and longtime pal Chris (Helen Mirren of "Gosford Park") decided to raise money to replace the hideously uncomfortable sofa in the relatives room of the hospital wing John was treated at. But another WI calendar featuring jams, flowers, or the countryside? That barely raised 75 pounds the previous year!
Something in John's WI speech motivates Chris; "The flowers of Yorkshire are like the women of Yorkshire", he wrote. "In each phase of their lives, they become more radiant". This impowers Chris and Annie to recruit 10 more WI members to strip down to the buff and pose for a professional photographer. The pictures turn out great, but the girls face trouble when their local WI branch president wants to put a stop to what she feels is a scandalous idea. Chris and Annie have to fight the head WI counsel, and each other, as their popularity grows. They go from Yorkshire, to the Jay Leno show in L.A. (where they lounge by their hotel pool with Anthrax!), and back again. But the huge success of the calendar begins to distract Chris from her family responsibilities, and threatens to put up a hedge between her and Annie. Helen Mirren gives a wonderful performance, and is well deserving of the Golden Globe she has been nominated for. A film not to be missed. For those who whine about having to see women over 50 in the nude, you've missed the point. Personally, I think these women look pretty darn great for their age!
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscuring the naughty bits January 4, 2004
In 1999, eleven members of the District Women's Institute in Rylstone, North Yorkshire, England posed starkers on a year 2000 calendar printed up to collect funds to benefit leukemia research after the death of John Baker, Assistant National Park Officer for the Yorkshire Dales and husband of WI member Angela, of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1998. What made the venture unusual was that the models were all just local ladies in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. In the UK, 88,000 copies were eventually sold, and 250,000 in the States. CALENDAR GIRLS, based on this story, has been characterized by a principal as about 75% accurate in the re-telling, with the remainder being scriptwriter's embellishment for comedic or dramatic effect. The original idea for the calendar was suggested by Angela's friend, Tricia Stewart.
In the film adaptation, Helen Mirren plays Chris Harper (based on real-life Tricia Stewart) and Julie Walters and John Alderton play Annie and John Clark respectively (based on Angela and John Baker). The calendar saga, from conception to realization and international fame, is centered in the fictional village of Knapley. Harper originally gets the idea after 1) finding a soft porn magazine hidden in her teenage son's room and 2) noticing a girlie calendar on the wall of a village shop. The plan is to produce and sell 500 copies of the calendar to raise the 900 pounds necessary to buy a new sofa for the Relatives' Waiting Room in the local hospital in which John Clark died of his disease. Not only must Chris and Annie surmount the understandable reluctance of their friends and fellow WI members to pose nude (not "naked"), but also convince the chairwomen of the District and National WI that the reputation of the organization won't be sullied.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows a woman's true beauty, add another 5 stars March 8, 2005
Format:DVD
I don't think "Calender Girls" got ever got the credit it deserved. The movie had all the important elements to make it a hit. It was funny, sad, daring, creative, unique, a true story and it had partial nudity. What was missing was special effects, improbable story lines, obnoxious characters and expensive sets, all things I do well without. Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect 1-6, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Gosford Park, Raising Helen) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter, Educating Rita) were fantastic and exuded beauty that transcends beyond age. This is an uplifting movie that I first rented but then bought to keep in my collection. It's not just for baby boomers and above, both my kids, ages 15 and 10 enjoyed it too. My ten year old, a boy, roars with belly laughter at the movie's most famous line

"I think we're going to need significantly bigger buns."

This is a must-see for anyone who has ever truly loved a woman. "Calendar Girls" makes a great Mother's Day gift too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It had all the great qualities a movie should posses
It had all the great qualities a movie should posses. I laughed out loud, I cried, I felt what the characters felt. I was very surprised and pleased by this movie. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Allison Sillik
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband & I love it! Helen Miren is great & so are ...
My husband & I love it! Helen Miren is great & so are the rest of the girls!
Published 5 days ago by Himbertoni
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I was finally able to see it!
A very enjoyable movie. A couple spots seemed to go a little slow but overall the story is interesting. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jyl
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy going and subtle in humour which i love
Classic British film. Easy going and subtle in humour which i love. Sweet, fun, sad but most of all charming.
Published 6 days ago by Sb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
A little late, but that's alright. Great!!
Published 9 days ago by Loretto Leary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 10 days ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 18 days ago by Olympia Parks
5.0 out of 5 stars This was such a good movie. The diverse personalities were well...
This was such a good movie. The diverse personalities were well explored. Helen Mirren just does not make a bad movie.
Published 22 days ago by LKB4064
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon movie is easy to use
I really like this movie. It wasn't available on Netflix so I tried using Amazon Instant which worked great.
Published 27 days ago by Candace Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Calendar Girls
Very entertaining movie. I appreciate that this is a true story. Each character is wonderful in her own way as she overcomes her shyness to participate in being photographed for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by luvz@quilt
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