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Nanny McPhee (2005)

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A governess uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.



(screenplay), ("Nurse Matilda" books)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon (as Thomas Sangster)
Jennifer Rae Daykin ...
Hebe Barnes ...
Zinnia Barnes ...
Baby Agatha


Mr. Cedric Brown has just lost his wife and is now left with his seven children who misbehave so much that all the nannies have run away. Now he is told by a mysterious voice that he should get Nanny McPhee who is a magical woman with special powers. Written by Daniel Cudley

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You'll Learn To Love Her. Warts And All. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, some rude humor and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nanny McPhee - La nana mágica  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,603,834 (United Kingdom), 23 October 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,503,650, 29 January 2006, Wide Release

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally entitled "Nurse Mathilda", Emma Thompson, who also wrote the script changed it to the current title fearing that people would associate the original title as her "Nurse Project". The name McPhee was suggested by her mother, Phyllida Law. See more »


Throughout most of the movie, Sebastian is missing one of his front teeth. However, in the scene where he's hiding behind one of the chairs while his father and Mrs. Quickly have tea, his missing tooth has grown most of the way back in. Later in the movie, the tooth is missing again. See more »


Mr. Brown: Milk?
Great Aunt Adelaide: Definitely not! Most unhealthy!
Mr. Brown: Sugar?
Great Aunt Adelaide: Six, if you please.
Mr. Brown: Six...
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Crazy Credits

"This film is dedicated only to the truly naughty - and their children." See more »


Referenced in Drop Dead Diva: You Bet Your Life (2011) See more »


Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played before the wedding ceremony
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good fun!
30 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I took my almost-4-year-old and her two cousins (age 3 and 6) to see this and we all had a wonderful time! The cast was outstanding - Colin Firth marvelously befuddled, Angela Lansbury wonderfully austere, Emma Thompson gruesomely wise and endearing, and all of the children sweet and mischievous without being cloying and horrible. It was clever and never "dumbed down" as some movies peddled as family fare are these days. This film was both funny and touching. The scenery and costumes were also wonderful to look at -lovely use of color. Some reviews have said that the movie tries too hard to appeal to adults, but I disagree. If preschoolers can enjoy it, most children will. I highly recommend it to audiences of all ages.

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