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The corridor leading to Colin's room and the interior of the room are decorated with tapestries depicting Edward VI, a sickly boy king who died young at the age of 16.
Portions of several structures were used to depict Misselthwaite Manor. The exterior is primarily 16th-century Fountains Hall in Yorkshire and some of Allerton House in Yorkshire. The kitchen set was built in a classroom at Eton College. Lord Craven's study is at Harrow School. The main staircase was in St. Pancras Chambers, adjoining the busy St. Pancras Station in Central London. The bedroom interiors were shot on sets on 'A' stage at Pinewood Studios. The grounds were shot in Allerton Park in North Yorkshire and some of Luton Hoo in Hertfordshire as well as Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. The topiary arch used for the Misselthwaite garden leads directly onto Conistone Moor in North Yorkshire.
The tapestries in Mary's room comprise a cycle known as "The Hunt for the Unicorn". In this cycle, the unicorn is lured from the wild and into a new life by a young virgin, foreshadowing Mary's role in the story.
The biggest challenge for production designer, Stuart Craig, was the garden. The garden was built from scratch to avoid the logistical nightmare of crowd control that would have been required for a complicated summer/winter shoot in an existing garden.
The story that Mary mentions to Colin while they are putting a puzzle together is the story of Krishna, a Hindu god.
The costume design is so detailed that the initials "M.L." (Mary Lennox) can be seen embroidered on Mary's stockings for the split second they appear on-screen, while Mary's Ayah is dressing her (at around 1 min), at the top of her thigh length white stockings.
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Elijah Wood was turned down for the role of Colin.
In Burnett's book The Secret Garden it is Mary's father who is related to Colin's mother. Also they were not twins.
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John Lynch was cast at the eleventh hour after the actor who was originally cast as Lord Craven pulled out.
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Kirsten Dunst auditioned for the role of Mary Lennox.
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Kate Maberly wore a wig throughout the film as she had short hair when she was cast
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