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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.

Director:

Kirk Jones

Writers:

Emma Thompson (screenplay), Christianna Brand ("Nurse Matilda" books)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Thompson ... Nanny McPhee
Colin Firth ... Mr. Brown
Kelly Macdonald ... Evangeline
Thomas Brodie-Sangster ... Simon (as Thomas Sangster)
Eliza Bennett ... Tora
Jennifer Rae Daykin Jennifer Rae Daykin ... Lily
Raphaël Coleman ... Eric
Samuel Honywood ... Sebastian
Holly Gibbs ... Christianna
Hebe Barnes Hebe Barnes ... Baby Agatha
Zinnia Barnes Zinnia Barnes ... Baby Agatha
Angela Lansbury ... Aunt Adelaide
Celia Imrie ... Mrs Quickly
Imelda Staunton ... Mrs Blatherwick
Elizabeth Berrington ... Letitia
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Behave or Beware See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

USA | UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nanny McPhee - La nana mágica See more »

Filming Locations:

Buckinghamshire, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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

Gross USA:

$47,144,110

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,489,822
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Emma Thompson and Kelly Macdonald played mother and daughter in Brave (2012). Thompson as the voice of Queen Elinor, and Macdonald as Princess Merida. See more »

Goofs

When Nanny McPhee seems to suddenly "appear" to Cook, after the children have gotten sick, you can see Nanny stand up from behind the counter, if you watch closely through the red bottle as the camera passes. See more »

Quotes

Simon Brown: You must feel at such a disadvantage, Nanny McPhee.
Nanny McPhee: In what way?
Simon Brown: We know your name... but you don't know ours.
[holds out hand]
Simon Brown: Pleased to make your acquantence, I'm Oglinton Fartworthy.
[Children giggle whilst making farty noises]
Nanny McPhee: [Shakes Simon's hand] How d'you do.
Simon Brown: That's F-A-R-T, Fartworthy.
Tora: Booger McHorsefanny.
Lily: Knickers O'Muffin.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in NCIS: Seek (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played before the wedding ceremony
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Perfect escapism!
9 October 2005 | by pam-146See all my reviews

Saw the film this morning at a Sunday Times preview and I'd like to think that more than a few of you will be eating your words when you see the finished product. It's beautifully put together, with lots of humour, the attractive Colin Firth and many superb performances. Celia Imrie creates a colourful character in Mrs Quickly, Imelda Staunton is fantastic as the cook (Mrs Blatherwick) and Angela Lansbury is expertly cast as Aunt Adelaide (despite the feathered dress making her look like a turkey!) As guessed at on another thread, Nanny McPhee does teach the children - that manners matter, you should be responsible for your actions, and that actions have consequences. It isn't dumbed down, there's certainly no 'dopey dialogue' - and there's also no annoying Americanisms as beset Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

At first glance, you could imagine Emma Thompson giving a very over the top performance, given the warts, over-sized nose and tooth. Instead she gives a careful and considered performance - everything in the right measure.

Enjoy Nanny McPhee for what it is - a large dose of magical escapism with plenty of laughs for good measure. A few rude words and food fights to keep the kids (and parents) happy, oh and a dancing donkey, but overall a film that is lots of fun. Can't wait for the DVD.


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