The Nanny

The Nanny

1965
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 33m
Bette Davis is an English nanny whose charge is 10-year-old Joey (William Dix), just released from a home for disturbed children where he'd spent two years undergoing treatment for drowning his little sister in the bath. Shortly after his arrival home, suspicion arouses again when his mother (Wendy Craig) is poisoned. But Joey continues to insist Nanny is responsible, just as she was with the death of his little sister, with only a neighboring friend (Pamela Franklin) believing the young boy. (imdb)
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The Nanny

1965
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 33m
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Avg Percentile 59.08% from 139 total ratings

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Rated 14 Mar 2018
63
15th
Everything is revealed in the last 20 minutes of this 90 minute mystery & those 20 minutes are pretty compelling w/ some still-shocking images & the truth being more complicated than viewers are likely to expect. Unfortunately the film spends those first 70 minutes prolonging the answer as to which one of two characters is a murderer in the least compelling ways with dialogue, direction and performances unspooling as banally as possible. If not for the fast forward button I may not have finished
Rated 27 Oct 2015
83
72nd
The premise is a bit silly, but the execution is top notch. Davis gives it her all, but it's the way the film has you wondering, first about what happened and then about which version is true, that makes this rise above the material into genuinely creepy and thought provoking thriller.
Rated 03 Jan 2010
65
29th
Awfully contrived and manipulative (and everyone seems to be rather complacent about attempted matricide). The star was allegedly sloshed through most of it (thus no doubt accounting for the shine in those Bette Davis Eyes). It was fun anyway seeing Pamela Franklin as a little tart (years before Satan's School For Girls). And btw the boy's mom looked exactly like Christopher Guest in drag.
Rated 04 Nov 2020
83
73rd
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Rated 07 Feb 2012
70
55th
Calkiem udany psychologiczny thriller. Gra aktorska, scenariusz, klimat - warto zobaczyc.
Rated 14 Mar 2016
38
42nd
SPOILER: The sad story of a young boy who had no respect for authority. Sure Bette Davis may have been insane but that's no excuse for disobeying her.
Rated 01 Nov 2010
25
61st
"A rather quiet, cautious thriller that gives Davis more room for characterization than most of her later films." - Dan Callahan
Rated 21 Apr 2014
83
75th
82.500
Rated 30 Mar 2015
65
73rd
Quite good.
Rated 14 Aug 2018
50
31st
Not very scary but decent enough
Rated 31 Dec 2018
71
79th
A slow moving thriller with quite good performances from Bette Davis & William Dix. All the other actors ranged between bearable to decent. The ending left me wanting a twist.
Rated 14 Jun 2022
64
57th
Oddly, rather drab and rather fun at the same time. Pauline Kael: "Bette Davis, trying to give a restrained performance as the dowdy, repressed nanny [...]. Restraint is what Davis has not got much of. Antennae flailing wildly, she signals us that she's being self-effacing, that she's holding back [...]. You have to hand it to Davis, though: she is a star. When she can't dominate by a good performance, she dominates by a bad one."
Rated 14 Dec 2023
62
58th
Sparse thriller that succeeds despite a very annoying kid.

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