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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.

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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:

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

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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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Trivia

Both Emma Thompson and Angela Lansbury voiced Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Best. Lansbury in the animated version and Thompson in the live action version. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Eric Brown: BANG goes that theory.
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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 »

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

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Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played before the wedding ceremony
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Extremely Colorful, A Fun Film Enchanced By Emma's Title Role
14 August 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a pleasant surprise, much better than I anticipated. I figured Emma Thompson would be good in the title role because you can usually count on her to be entertaining in form or another, cerebrally, emotionally or comically. What I didn't figure on was the fun, extremely colorful story, overall. This was like a banana split for your senses - all kinds of wild treats for the eyes and ears.....to taste, so to speak.

This film features outrageous color schemes from the word "go," from the interior of the "Brown's" house, to everyone's apparel to the scenery outside. It almost reminded me "The Cat In The Hat" with its crazy colors.

All the characters are as exaggerated as the colors, too. The kids may be brats but they aren't bad once they get some needed discipline and love from Nanny McPhee. They are still fun to watch, and all are quite different in appearance and mannerisms. Thompson is a howl as Mary Poppins-like McPhee and so are the supporting characters. There were no sappy songs, either. This is not a musical.

The only character annoying to me was the kids' dad, played by Colin Firth. The actor was fine but his character was so wishy-washy, so wussy, he was barely tolerable for much of the film. By the way, you might not recognize the famous Angela Lansbury in here. Everyone, including her, must have had a great time filming this movie.

Only the final wedding segment got carried away with juvenile silliness; the rest was fun for adults and well as the kids, who must have loved this all the way through.

This is simply good entertainment and highly recommended.


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