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Oscar Wilde (story)
George Zateslo (teleplay)
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1986 (USA) See more »
The castle they inherited features 48 rooms and one cranky ghost!
A young American couple inherits an English castle, only to find that it is haunted by the spirit of a disgraced ancestor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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John Gielgud ... Sir Simon de Canterville

Ted Wass ... Harry Canterville

Andrea Marcovicci ... Lucy Canterville

Alyssa Milano ... Jennifer Canterville
Jeff Harding ... Earl

Lila Kaye ... Mrs. Umney
Harold Innocent ... Hummle Umney

George Baker ... 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

Directed by
Paul Bogart 
Writing credits
Oscar Wilde (story)

George Zateslo (teleplay)

Produced by
Patrick Dromgoole .... supervising executive producer: HTV Limited
Irwin Meyer .... executive producer
Peter Graham Scott .... producer
Rodney Sheldon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Howard Blake 
Cinematography by
Bob Edwards (lighting cameraman)
Film Editing by
Terry Maisey 
Production Design by
John Biggs 
Costume Design by
Robin Fraser-Paye 
Makeup Department
Cherry West .... makeup artist
Production Management
Keith Webber .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Dando .... assistant director (as Chris Dando)
Art Department
Gordon Brewer .... construction manager
Pilar Foy .... set dresser
Richard Hornsby .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Keith Batten .... boom operator
John Cross .... sound mixer
Mike Davey .... sound mixer
Andy Kennedy .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Ricky Farns .... special effects
Ted Grumbt .... special effects
Garth Inns .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Edwards .... lighting cameraman
Tom Maslen .... camera dolly/crane grip
Roger Pearce .... camera operator
Stewart Sadd .... still photographer (as Stuart Sadd)
Tony Yates .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Fran Bascom .... casting: USA (as Fran F. Bascom)
Esta Charkham .... casting consultant
Tim Flack .... executive in charge of casting
Elizabeth Jeffreys .... casting: UK
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gilly Brock .... wardrobe mistress
Location Management
Trevor Gittings .... location manager
Music Department
Howard Blake .... conductor
Transportation Department
John Sparks .... transportation captain
Other crew
Grainne Ferris .... continuity

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UK:96 min | USA:95 min
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Did You Know?

Ted Wass, father of Alyssa Milano in the film, directed her fifteen years later in "Spin City: Rain on My Charades (#5.17)" (2001).See more »
[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 seemed that way. You are, to me, as my own daughter was. You've made existing as I do... bearable. Now go away.
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Lovely story, 28 September 2007
Author: CountVladDracula from United States

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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