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Nanny McPhee (2005)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  27 January 2006 (USA)
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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.



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


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 »


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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Thomas Brodie Sangster was 15 while filming See more »


When Eric, Tora and Aggy are getting ready for bed, Simon walks in and mocks, "And since when have we decided to do what we're told?" The towel to his right (viewer's left) is rumpled up, yet hangs straight in previous and following shots, then is rumpled again. See more »


[repeated line given after making a sudden appearance]
Nanny McPhee: I did knock.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are animated, and include the children as cartoons, causing mayhem, and some of the credits change as Nanny McPhee bangs her cane. See more »


Referenced in Playing House: Drumline (2014) See more »


Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played before the wedding ceremony
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User Reviews

Don't let the trailers fool you
31 January 2006 | by (Eugene, OR) – See all my reviews

I almost missed this one because I was turned off by the commercials and previews, with their emphasis on the silliest parts (the dancing donkey, etc.). What a mistake that would have been -- I'd have missed one of the driest, archest, loveliest scripts in years. Emma Thompson can do more with a slightly quirked eyebrow and a quiet "Hm" than most actresses can with an entire Shakespearean soliloquy. The whole cast, children and adults alike, is pretty near perfect, some of the best of the British theater even in the tiniest roles (Derek Jacobi, Imelda Staunton et al). The kids are tough and tart, without a simper in the lot, unlike most US child stars.

Don't let the trailers keep you away -- this is well worth seeing, sort of what Lemony Snicket should have been but wasn't.

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