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Nanny McPhee (2005)

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Emma Thompson stars as a governess who uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.



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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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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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:

Dadilja MekFi  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,603,834 (UK) (21 October 2005)


$441,522 (South Africa) (5 May 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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'Emma Thompson' stars with two Harry Potter co-stars in this film. 'Imelda Stanton' who plays Delores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and _Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)_ and Kelly Macdonald who plays Helena Ravenclaw (The Grey Lady) in _Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)_. See more »


When Cedric starts to plump the cushion for Mrs Quickly, in the tea scene, it changes from a brown tapestry cushion to a bright yellow cushion. See more »


Eric Brown: BANG goes that theory.
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in Peep Show: Mugging (2005) See more »


Wedding March
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This is a wonderfully, imaginative movie for people of all ages.
26 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has a wonderful quality that would bring any distant family together. My children and I loved watching it together. It's nice to have a movie finally come out that everyone can enjoy. I highly recommend seeing it. Emma Thompson is so endearing. Colin Firth is such a lost soul trying to avoid everything and everyone around him. Angela Landsbury is so over the top, but very funny. Together they make such an interesting trio. The love, the comedy, the magic, and the unbelievable happy ending make it more than just a fairy tale, they make it a story that makes you wish that it was all happening to you. For children, it sets their minds imaginations into over-drive. It sends them to a place that lets their minds run free to believe in everything on the big screen in front of them. For just an adult, I would say, it would be less special, as apposed to an adult who has children to watch get engaged with this magical movie.

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