Nanny McPhee

January 27th, 2006


Nanny McPhee

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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.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.6/10 (20,005 voted)

Critic's Score: 59/100

Director: Kirk Jones

Stars: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury

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.

Writers: Emma Thompson, Christianna Brand

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

Taglines: You'll Learn To Love Her. Warts And All.


Official Website: Universal [United States] |

Release Date: 27 January 2006

Filming Locations: Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £2,603,834 (UK) (23 October 2005) (427 Screens)

Gross: $122,489,822 (Worldwide) (29 January 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Philippines:

Did You Know?

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.

Continuity: When Evangeline shows Nanny McPhee the book she is learning to read, the book mark changes between shots as Nanny holds the book up.

Nanny McPhee: Please, Mr. Brown, go back to your newspaper.

User Review

Don't let the trailers fool you

Rating: 8/10

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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