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Nanny McPhee

Nanny McPhee promotional poster
Directed by Kirk Jones
Produced by Tim Bevan
Lindsay Doran
Eric Fellner
Written by Emma Thompson
Christianna Brand (books)
Starring Emma Thompson
Colin Firth
Angela Lansbury
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Henry Braham
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) October 21, 2005
(UK)
January 27, 2006 (USA)
January 12, 2006 (Australia)
Running time 98 min.
Language English
Budget $34,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

Nanny McPhee is a 2005 children's film. It was adapted by Emma Thompson from Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda books. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (509x755, 65 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Tim Bevan is a succesful movie producer for Universal Studios. ... Eric Fellner (b. ... Emma Thompson (born April 15, 1959) is an Emmy-, BAFTA- and Academy Award-winning English actress, comedian, and screenwriter. ... Born in Malaya, Mary Christianna Lewis (a. ... Emma Thompson (born April 15, 1959) is an Emmy-, BAFTA- and Academy Award-winning English actress, comedian, and screenwriter. ... Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor. ... Angela Lansbury CBE (born October 16, 1925) is a four-time Tony-winning, six-time Golden Globe-winning, three-time Oscar-nominated, and eighteen-time Emmy-nominated English actress, best-known for playing mystery writer Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. ... Patrick Doyle (born April 6, 1953, Uddingston, South Lanarkshire) is a Scottish musician and composer who is well-known for his work with film scores. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 27 is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... January 12 is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... Emma Thompson (born April 15, 1959) is an Emmy-, BAFTA- and Academy Award-winning English actress, comedian, and screenwriter. ... Born in Malaya, Mary Christianna Lewis (a. ... The Nurse Matilda books were written by childrens author Christianna Brand. ...


On the BBC1 television show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Emma Thompson revealed that a film trilogy is planned. Friday Night with Jonathan Ross is a chat show presented by Jonathan Ross. ... A trilogy is a set of three works of art, usually literature or film, that are connected and can generally be seen as a single work as well as three individual ones. ...

Contents

Plot outline

Widower and undertaker Cedric Brown has seven children: Simon, Tora, Lily, Eric, Christianna, Sebastian, and Aggie. He loves his children but spends little time with them and cannot handle them. The children have had a series of seventeen nannies, which they systematically drive out by bad behavior; it is a point of pride for them to drive out each nanny as fast as possible. They also terrorize the cook, Mrs. Blatherwick, but are cared for and loved by Evangeline, the scullery maid. In great houses, scullery maids were the lowest-ranking of the female servants and is assistant to a kitchen maid. ...


Cedric attempts to hire another nanny from the agency who gave him the past seventeen nannies, but the company wouldn't allow him to hire another. After a series of mysterious events, an unusual woman named Nanny McPhee comes to help. With discipline, and a little magic, she transforms the family's lives. In the process, she herself transforms from ugly to beautiful. The children, led by the eldest son Simon, attempt to play their tricks on her, but gradually start to respect her and ask her for advice. They change into responsible people, helping their hapless father in solving the family problems, making Nanny McPhee less and less needed. The Sorceress by John William Waterhouse Magic and sorcery are the influencing of events, objects, people and physical phenomena by mystical, paranormal or supernatural means. ...


The family is financially supported by nearsighted Aunt Adelaide (the late Mrs. Brown's aunt). However, she demands custody over one of the children. She first wants Christianna (Chrissy), one of the daughters, but, as the children - and Cedric himself - are loathe to part with one of the siblings, Simon offers up Evangeline in Chrissy's place. Adelaide agrees, assuming she is one of the daughters, adopting her as her own, something which satisfies both Evangeline's wish to be properly educated and the requirement of Adelaide's latest condition to the contract.


She also threatens to cut off the allowance unless Cedric remarries within the month. The family would lose the house, and would not be able to stay together. Desperate, Cedric turns to frequent widow Mrs. Selma Quickly. The children assume from fairytales that stepmothers are terrible. Therefore, they sabotage a visit of Mrs. Quickly, who leaves, angry at Cedric. After the children are explained about the truth of their father's situation, they agree to the marriage, and appease Mrs. Quickly by confessing they were to blame for the disturbance of her visit.


However, they discover that Mrs. Quickly is unkind, as they suspected all along. When everyone is gathered for the marriage ceremony, they disturb the ceremony by pretending a swarm of bees has been attracted to Quickly's flowered hat. Things quickly get out of hand, resulting in a food fight. Cedric understands that they do not like the bride, and that he does not like her himself, and therefore starts disrupting the ceremony himself. Mrs. Quickly cancels the marriage and storms off.


This seems to mean that Adelaide's marriage deadline is missed. But then Lily asks Evangeline whether she loves Cedric, before clearing up the idea of incest. She first denies it, explaining that that would be inappropriate because of her station as maidservant, but then admits she does. Cedric then admits that, he too is in love with Evangeline. Cedric then marries Evangeline.


Nanny McPhee taps her magic cane one last time, and a glorious shower of snow decorates the landscape, providing the perfect backdrop for the marriage of Cedric and Evangeline. Aunt Adelaide's demand is satisfied, and all of the family's problems are solved.


Her duty done, Nanny McPhee leaves surreptitiously, in accordance with what she told the children before: "When you need me, but do not want me, then I will stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go."


Starring

Emma Thompson (born April 15, 1959) is an Emmy-, BAFTA- and Academy Award-winning English actress, comedian, and screenwriter. ... Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor. ... Kelly Macdonald (born February 23, 1976) is a Scottish actress, born in Glasgow, Scotland. ... Angela Lansbury CBE (born October 16, 1925) is a four-time Tony-winning, six-time Golden Globe-winning, three-time Oscar-nominated, and eighteen-time Emmy-nominated English actress, best-known for playing mystery writer Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. ... Celie Imrie (born 15 July 1952 in Guildford England) is a British actress. ... Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton OBE (born on January 9, 1956) is an Academy Award-nominated English actress. ... Sir Derek George Jacobi, CBE (IPA: ) (born 22 October 1938) is an English actor and director, knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre. ... Patrick Barlow (born 18 March 1947) is an English actor, comedian and playwright. ...

The Brown Children

  • Simon - Thomas Sangster
  • Tora - Eliza Bennett
  • Lily - Jennifer Rae Daykin
  • Eric - Raphael Coleman
  • Sebastian - Sam Honywood
  • Christianna "Chrissy" - Holly Gibbs
  • Agatha "Aggie" - Hebe Barnes and Zinnia Barnes

In the books,Tora is the eldest child and the only child to be mentioned more than once. Thomas Brodie Sangster (born May 16, 1990) is an English actor. ... Eliza Bennett (born in 1993 in Reading, Berkshire, England) is an English child actress. ... Holly Gibbs (born 25 August 1997) is an English child actor known for playing in The Story Of Tracy Beaker and starred in Nanny McPhee. ...


Nanny McPhee's Eleven Lessons

Nanny McPhee has Eleven very important base lessons which she teaches the children, while also teaching them discipline, manners and the consequences of their actions.

  • First Lesson - To Go To Bed When They Are Told
  • Second Lesson - To Get Up When They Are Told
  • Third Lesson - To Get Dressed When They Are Told
  • Fourth Lesson - To Listen
  • Fifth Lesson - You Must Do Exactly As You Are Told

Box Office

The film did fairly well at the box office, earning $47,144,110 domestically, and $75,345,712 in foreign box offices - bringing it to a worldwide total of $122,489,822.


External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Nanny McPhee (2006) (189 words)
A new nanny enters the household of the recently widowed Mr.
But as Nanny McPhee takes control, they begin to notice that their vile behavior now leads swiftly and magically to rather startling consequences.
As the children's behavior begins to change, Nanny McPhee's arresting face and frame appear to change as well, creating even more questions about this mysterious stranger whom the children and their father have come to love.
Nanny McPhee - Rotten Tomatoes (1035 words)
Nanny McPhee is a fine film for the whole family.
For a movie that aspires to capture the magic of a classic fairy tale, Nanny McPhee has all the warmth and charm of the assembly instructions for an Ikea bookshelf.
There's no spoon of sugar given by this nanny, but like Mary Poppins, Nanny McPhee knows how to sort out needy children as well as their needy father.
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