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The Nanny

The Nanny (1965)

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Release Date: Oct 27, 1965 Wide

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In this thriller (which represented something of a departure for Hammer Films, noted for their gothic period pieces), Joey Fane (William Dix) has returned home after two years in an institution for mentally ill children. His sister drowned, and his family believes that Joey was to blame, despite his claims of innocence. Joey is convinced that the family's Nanny (Bette Davis) was responsible and refuses to have anything to do with her, but only neighbor girl Bobby (Pamela Franklin) agrees that

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Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Dec 21, 2006

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

The Nanny is not especially ambitious, so one must settle for the small pleasures and chills that it offers.

June 24, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

... The Nanny holds up considerably well today as a slight, but unsettling, thriller.

April 15, 2008 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

A rather quiet, cautious thriller that gives Davis more room for characterization than most of her later films.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Bette Davis as the baddest of nannies. Scary in its modest way.

August 30, 2004
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Fantastic. Davis is perfectly creepy.

August 4, 2004
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Bette Davis is electrifying as the prim and proper nanny

February 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dreary, bizarrely overrated thriller distinguished only by Bette Davis.

January 22, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Nanny

One of Hammer Films' most accomplished works. An eerie and ambiguous psychological thriller that deals with some disturbing taboo themes inside family, sort of the common groundwork for novelist Evelyn Piper, the same who wrote the more popular "Bunny Lake is Missing".
Filmed in a gloriously stark black and white, effortlessly attaining a claustrophobic, lurid and bleak atmosphere.
Bette Davis, reinventing herself in those years as a horror muse after Robert Aldrich's "What ever happened to baby jane?", shows again her subtle but acute acting chops. My only regret is that the end seems watered down, just after reaching its real sense of menace.
November 18, 2012
pier007

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I thought for sure that The Nanny was going to turn out to be some campy and gaudy forgettable film in the twilight of the career of Bette Davis. What it actually turns out to be is a sadly overlooked powerhouse performance by Davis that's every bit as horrific as it is beautifully sad. Unfortunately you're probably going to spend most of The Nanny's 90-minute running time hating William Dix's (Joey's) guts when you're not mildly entertained by Pamela Franklin's upstairs neighbor performance. The flashbacks are well done and pretty frightening even if The Nanny isn't the standard Hammer film. It's easy to bunch this one in with What Ever Happened to Baby Jane and Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte even thought its completely different, but at the same time it reminded me more of Bunny Lake is Missing. For as short of a movie as The Nanny is it's kind of a long watch but worth it in the end.
June 10, 2010
mjgildea

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Bette is masterful as always, the movie is chilling.
October 17, 2008
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jay nixon

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Creepy movie about a nanny.
August 3, 2007
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