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The Canterville Ghost (1986)

PG | | Family, Comedy, Fantasy | TV Movie 1986
A young American couple inherits an English castle, only to find that it is haunted by the spirit of a disgraced ancestor, doomed to stay on the estate because of his cowardice. The only ... See full summary »

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Deddie Davies ...
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Celia Breckon ...
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A young American couple inherits an English castle, only to find that it is haunted by the spirit of a disgraced ancestor, doomed to stay on the estate because of his cowardice. The only way he can escape is if one of his descendants performs an heroic act, something he intends to get the husband to do. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The castle they inherited features 48 rooms and one cranky ghost!

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El fantasma de Canterville  »

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Ted Wass, father of Alyssa Milano in the film, directed her fifteen years later in Spin City: Rain on My Charades (2001). See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Canterville: You, want to die?
Sir Simon de Canterville: It's all I live for.
Jennifer Canterville: [approaches to stand next to Sir Simon sitting in his chair] Maybe if you stopped haunting. You know, if you behaved?
Sir Simon de Canterville: It's absurd to talk to me about behaving, quite absurd. I have to rattle my chains, and groan through keyholes, and walk about at night. It's my only reason for existing.
Jennifer Canterville: Maybe if you prayed. Maybe if...
Sir Simon de Canterville: [cuts her off] Maybe it's time you removed yourself from this apartment. You
[looks down to observe Jenny's bunny slippers]
Sir Simon de Canterville: and those two ...
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Version of BBC Sunday-Night Play: The Canterville Ghost (1962) See more »

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Lovely story
28 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a classic story in true Oscar Wilde wit and flair. It's both haunting and funny. It's a fairy tale for all ages. In this story a young American girl helps to free the tormented spirit that haunts an old English castle. It's very well written and a beautiful tale for all ages. It's too bad this wasn't the best adaptation.

The best adaptation of The Canterville ghost, in my opinion, has to be the version with Patrick Stewart as the ghost, it was made for television in 1996. Though set in the 1990s it's very true to the book. The worst adaptation of the Canterville ghost, in my opinion, is the version set in 1944. It had been turned into blatant war propaganda and was almost unrecognizable, it's plot having nearly nothing at all to do with the original story by Oscar Wilde, which is a true classic.


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