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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 (307 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 (307 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55M4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,430 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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129 of 134 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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67 of 68 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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26 of 26 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Romp on the Edgy Side of Living.
Calendar Girls was a fun romp on the edgy side of living. For a bunch of housewives, sheltered and protected, it was the adventure of a lifetime to be naked and photographed. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this for my 84 year old mother and she loved it.
Got this for my 84 year old mother and she loved it.
Published 1 day ago by Joan Kinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 9 days ago by JTB Designs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Love this movie :)
Published 9 days ago by AshleeW
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, one of my favorites. Each cast member ...
Oh, one of my favorites. Each cast member shows her courage by "participating" in this well written movie. Touching storyline and lots of depth. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Linda Plambeck
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This movie was very delightful to watch---but then one could expect no less from Helen Mirren.
Published 29 days ago by Jeanne P Besse
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Hilarious! I love it...
Published 1 month ago by Abby
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny and heartwarming film
This is a wonderful film involving some well known, veteran British actors. The film has everything: friendship, heart break, humor, death, drama. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Parker's Place
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark your calendar!!
Favorite show at our outdoor movie night! Everybody loved it.....Great story, great actors. A good time was had by all!

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Published 1 month ago by DENISE EMRY
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie. Helen Mirren is the best
A great movie. Helen Mirren is the best. A fun movie to watch.
Published 1 month ago by scott
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