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The Canterville Ghost (1986)

TV Movie  -   -  Family | Comedy | Fantasy  -  1986 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Harry Canterville
Lucy Canterville
Jeff Harding ...
Lila Kaye ...
Harold Innocent ...
Uncle Hesketh
Dorothea Phillips ...
Aunt Gretchen
Bill Wallis ...
Fenton Cook
Spencer Chandler ...
Paul Blaine
Brian Oulton ...
Uncle George
Deddie Davies ...
Aunt Caroline
Celia Breckon ...
Lady Eleanor


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

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


Family | Comedy | Fantasy







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1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de Canterville  »

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[Jennifer helps Sir Simon while he's sick]
Jennifer Canterville: Anything else you need?
Sir Simon de Canterville: Yes. Open the window.
Jennifer Canterville: Open the window? You'll die on pneumonia.
Sir Simon de Canterville: Do you really think so?
Jennifer Canterville: You just rest. We have to think of a way to talk Dad and Lucy out of selling this place. I mean, if you have to stay here, you might as well do it in peace and quiet. Good night.
Sir Simon de Canterville: Uh, Jennifer. I should just like to say how much I appreciate all you do for me. I, I really look forward to your daily visits. Although it might not always have ...
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Gielgud is Delightful!
13 November 2000 | by (Vasaria) – See all my reviews

Sir John Gielgud is completely and utterly charming and delightful in "The Canterville Ghost". The rest of the acting is fair to average, but I would recommend this to anyone just because of Gielgud. He plays his role in a wonderful tongue-in-cheek way. We watched this in my eight- grade class when we were studying the plot curve, and all of my friends and classmates, not just a movie freak like me, adored Gielgud as the ghost. The only other movie besides this I have seen Gielgud in is "The Secret Agent", but he didn't do such a good job in that one. Still, I assume this film is a good example of what the rest of his work must be like, indeed, reading reviews of his other films, he has not gotten a bad review. I think I might check out "Arthur" soon. But I'm rambling now, and the point is that "The Canterville Ghost" was a charming movie.


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