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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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castle | cowardice | england | ghost | See All (4) »


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


Family | Comedy | Fantasy







Release Date:

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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The best Modern Adapation
2 October 2005 | by (Arizona, USA/Hull, England) – See all my reviews

True this one is not very close to the original story, but this one had the most that modern viewers could relate to. It's funny and quick moving. Both Sir Gielgud and Milano are wonderful. As a child this was one of my all time favorite movies to watch every Halloween (true, that was a long list, but it was still fun). The scenes between the two main characters are the greatest. There are still the basic principles of the story are there - a friendship between a misunderstood spirit and an innocent girl who teach each that love is stronger than life or death. The saddest part is when the ghost hunter's equipment brings back Sir Simon's wife for only a moment, just long enough for her to see her and for her to call out to him. The best part of all is when Jenny takes her father to see Sir Simon. A great movie for any family or ghost lover.

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