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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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Complete credited cast:
Harry Canterville
Lucy Canterville
Jeff Harding ...
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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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


Sir Simon de Canterville: [Sir Simon has returned to his study on the top floor of the castle after scaring Lucy & Harry in their bedroom, and Jenny has followed him. Sir Simon is sitting at his desk, writing and talking to his stuffed parrot, Geoffrey] . Geoffrey, I shall soon make short work of these brazen, impudent upstarts!
Jennifer Canterville: Excuse me, sir?
Sir Simon de Canterville: [Sir Simon looks up to Geoffrey, thinking the talking came from the parrot] . Geoffrey!
[he hits the parrot with his feather quill, which produces a small dust cloud]
Jennifer Canterville: M... May I ...
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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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