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The Nanny (1965)

Bette Davis , Wendy Craig , Seth Holt  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Wendy Craig, Jill Bennett, James Villiers, William Dix
  • Directors: Seth Holt
  • Writers: Jimmy Sangster, Marryam Modell
  • Producers: Jimmy Sangster
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012KSUUE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nanny" on IMDb

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Accused of drowning his little sister in the bath, 10-year old Joey (William Dix) is sent away to an institution for therapy even though he claims the Nanny (Davis) is responsible. When he returns home, suspicion is quickly aroused again as his mother (Wendy Craig) is poisoned and his aunt suddenly dies. But Joey continues to insist the Nanny is responsible, turning life into a deft cat-and-mouse game between the equally shady woman and her young charge.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NANNY DEAREST... January 20, 2002
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This is an excellent psychological thriller in which Bette Davis plays the part of a nanny in a household where a little girl, one of her charges, drowned in the bathtub and her older brother was blamed, even though he claimed that the nanny did it. After two years time spent in a therapeutic setting, the boy returns home, only to find the despised nanny still there. A cat and mouse game ensues between the two, and when his mother is poisoned, all eyes turn to him, though he once again insists that the nanny did it.
Deftly directed, with a well written, intelligent screenplay by Jimmy Sancster, who also wrote the screenplay for the Bette Davis vehicle, "The Anniversary", this is an engrossing film with a twist at the end that is sure to catch the viewer by surprise. The black and white cinematography adds to the atmosphere of suspense. Bette Davis is first rate as the nanny, and fine performances by the supporting cast contribute to its overall success.
This is a film that fans of Bette Davis are sure to enjoy, as will all those who like well done, psychological thrillers.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rarely seen horror film starring Bette Davis February 1, 2008
This is a Bette Davis film that you don't see very often anywhere. In fact it's been years since I've seen it and I can't even remember where. Ten year old Joey has a new nanny, Bette Davis. I don't think she even had a name in this one, just "the nanny". Nobody believes disturbed Joey when he claims that the nanny is evil and wants to kill him - she's such a sweet old lady. You know where this one is probably going from the start, but it's interesting to watch it play out. However, there is some very disturbing stuff in this one, so note that it might be difficult to watch. It takes real advantage of the fact that Davis could play anything from the sweetest to the most evil person in the world, and turn on a dime at either end of the scale.

This film is being released separately and also as part of the Bette Davis Centenary Collection from Fox in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Davis' birth. This DVD contains no extras besides some trailers, a photo gallery, and a before/after split screen showing the video restoration results.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Bette Davis' last good picture... March 14, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
After doing "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" and the equally terrific "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte", Bette Davis went to England to do a thriller for Hammer Productions that was quieter than "Jane/Charlotte" (and much lesser-known today) but very effective, and may be her last genuinely good movie-role.
Playing a maid to a disturbed 10-year old a couple of years after his sister dies in a suspicious accident, Davis gives a taut, subtle performance that ranks right up there with her best--- the film's direction and co-stars matching her scene for scene. It's as poignant as it is suspenseful, and far above the level of other sub-par thrillers and dramas Miss Davis would be forced to take over the the next couple of decades of her career.
Don't miss this often overlooked gem.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant acting -- watch it! May 18, 1999
By Stephen
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. William Dix gives as good a performance as any actor has ever given, let alone a ten year old. All the acting was perfect, as was the direction.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spoonful of Draino helps the medicine go down! January 16, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Oh, wow. You definitely DO NOT want to miss Bette Davis as The Nanny! Fran Drescher and Julie Andrews, eat your ... hearts out! Bette is the real deal, 100% "proper" and willing to go that extra distance to help out her charges. And if that includes killing a few people here and there, well, hey, so be it! Seriously, The Nanny is high-octane entertainment, fueled by a truly frightening (and intense) Davis performance. This film came at a time when our Bette was enjoying a comeback, thanks to Baby Jane and Dead Ringer. She'd just made another hit, Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and then took off for England and Hammer Studios. The Nanny offered her a different kind of character. Gone were the bombastics, the wild-eyed theatrics. Instead, she chose to approach the role cautiously, meticulously, and it's a believable, touching characterization. Sure, she's completely insane, and you certainly don't want her around when you're in "the bath." But given the circumstances, you can understand why The Nanny went bonkers. Could happen to anyone...even you! Stylish direction from Seth Holt, able, competent supporting performances, and an absolutely stunning turn by 10 year old William Dix as "Master Joey." Whatever happened to him, anyway? He more than holds his own and deserved a grand career. Don't miss Pamela (The Innocents) Franklin as a "mod" upstairs neighbor. Nanny says "it's bathtime!"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous. August 20, 2006
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A family favourite. Ms. Davis stilla pleasure to watch in her latter years. The young star Seth Holt a splendid and powerful actor.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great dear bette March 20, 2006
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looking for great acting at older age?

watch this dvd,ashame it does not have international subtitles
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Movie is a Psychological Horror Gem October 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Bette Davis and all supporting players are astounding in this creepy well-made psychological thriller. Davis gives an awesome performance as does the intelligent child actors. The direction is keen as is the black and white cinematography. If you thought Davis was great in Baby Jane and Charlotte, you'll love this mature, disciplined character study as well. The end will leave you shocked and in awe of the brilliant screenplay. Don't see this one alone!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 22 hours ago by Raymond Silk
5.0 out of 5 stars THE NANNY BETTE DAVIS
Published 1 month ago by celia sassoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Davis is the best!
An interesting little heard of Bette Davis film set in England. An enjoyable drama / suspense story. Bette is wonderful as usual.
Published 3 months ago by Elissa M. Schornstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Davis
Anything that actress Bette Davis starred in or in a bit part is a part of my fond memories of being a part of her great legacy. If only there were more like her in 2014. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This was a great purchase for my mom. Great purchase for the price. This is a classic Betty Davis Movie. Excellent buy.
Published 4 months ago by verleatha hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Betty
This is one of Betty's movies done in her Horror Period and she scares the bejesus out of anyone watching!
Published 5 months ago by Lenore Blossom
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Movie From My Youth
I have a vivid memory of watching this classic Betty Davis feature on the "Sunday Morning Movies" program that use to come on in the 60's and 70's. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gary H. Press
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nanny
This was a ok movie but Bette Davis was fantastic !! Bette Davis played her best as usual. Bette Davis is the reason I got the movie and it is a good thriller Bette Davis made the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by robin cornelison
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nanny
Great movie. I remember it well from my childhood. Still scared me even to this day.
Bette Davis is a classic actress.
Published 10 months ago by Dorothy J. Pratt
2.0 out of 5 stars Review
The color was nice, the sound was terrible, you had to turn the volume on high and it was still to low. It should have been recorded using a better sound system.
Published 13 months ago by Debra E.
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