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Nanny McPhee (2005) Poster

(2005)

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Emma Thompson said that it took her nine years to write this screenplay, while it took her only five years to write Sense and Sensibility (1995), for which she won an Oscar.
The pie that was thrown into Angela Lansbury's face near the end was actually thrown by Emma Thompson.
Real food was thrown during the food fight scene.
When Celia Imrie puts a worm into her mouth, it is not a prop or a special effect. She really did put a worm in her mouth and seemingly chew it, only to spit it out after the shot was in the can. No worms were harmed in the making of the film.
Emma Thompson got the idea for an adaptation of the Nurse Matilda books when she encountered some of them while dusting her bookshelf.
Emma Thompson's transformation into Nanny McPhee only took an hour in make-up to accomplish.
The location of the Brown's family house was just a huge muddy field covered in brambles. The crew had to bring in items and sets to build all of the village, the house, the tracks, the garden and the trees.
The voice of Mrs Partridge, proprietor of the agency to which Mr Brown repairs for a new nanny ("There's no more nannies! You've 'ad the lot!"), is provided by actress Phyllida Law, Emma Thompson's mother.
One of the main reasons for the title change from "Nurse Matilda" (the name of the books that Emma Thompson adapted) to Nanny McPhee (2005) was to distance it from the Roald Dahl character, Matilda, which was filmed by Danny DeVito in 1996.
The beach scene was filmed at Durdle Door in Dorset, a "world famous geological wonder" and a massive climb both down to the beach and back up again. Six tons of filming equipment was taken down to the beach by helicopter.
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The village and the Brown house had to be built from scratch. One of the reasons for this was so the production wasn't troubled by modern items like power lines coming into view.
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The first time Angela Lansbury has worn prosthetics in a film.
It took 5 years for Emma Thompson and her partner Lindsay Doran to look for the source material. At that time of scouting, the books were already out of print. This explained the reason that it took nine years to make this movie.
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.
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Make-up designer Peter King designed the final look of the main character at the first attempt - a rare occasion for makeup designers as they would design many make-ups before the selection.
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Peter O'Toole was considered for the Aunt Adelaide role when the filmmakers briefly considered changing the character to be a male.
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The main location was conveniently situated 10 minutes away from director Kirk Jones's home.
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Angela Lansbury's first appearance in a theatrical film since 1984's The Company of Wolves (1984).
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David Kelly had previously starred in director Kirk Jones's Waking Ned Devine (1998). Jones had him flown over from Ireland to shoot a 25 second cameo, which never made the final cut.
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A scene in the funeral parlor of Cedric playing around with a dead body's mouth and tightening his jaw, was cut from the film because it proved to be too frightening for children.
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40 tons of steel went into the making of the Brown house.
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In this film Emma Thompson plays a magical nanny. In Saving Mr Banks she plays P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, another magical nanny.
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There are three Mrs Lovetts in this movie. Angela Lansbury, (who played her in the original 1979 Broadway production), Imelda Staunton, (who played her in London in 2012), and Emma Thompson (who played her in the 2014 concert version and also in the London production)
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Skandar Keynes tried out for a role.
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Thomas Brodie Sangster was 15 while filming
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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)_.
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