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The Canterville Ghost (1996)

An adaptation of the famous Oscar Wilde tale about a young American girl that helps a British ghost find rest and forgiveness.

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(short story), (teleplay)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Edward Wiley ...
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Francis, Duke of Cheshire
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When a teenaged girl moves to England, with her brothers and parents into the ancient Canterville Hall, she's not at all happy. Especially as there's a ghost and a mysterious re-appearing bloodstain on the hearth. She campaigns to go back home, and her dad, believing the ghost's pranks are Ginny's, is ready to send her back. But then Ginny actually meets the elusive 17th-century Sir Simon de Canterville (not to mention the cute teenaged duke next door), and she sets her hand to the task of freeing Sir Simon from his curse. Written by Kathy Li

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ghost | girl | prank | england | curse | See All (64) »

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Family | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG for some haunting moments | See all certifications »
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27 January 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Gespenst von Canterville  »

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Virginia 'Ginny' Otis: When a gentle girl can win a prayer from out the lips of sin/when a child gives up tears and the barren almond bears/when the silent chapel bell sounds the ghostly sinners knell/then shall all the house be still, and peace shall come to Canterville.
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Connections

Version of Le fantôme de Canterville (2016) See more »

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Campbell and Stewart can't save this average film
24 June 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I like Neve Campbell. She may have disowned it but I loved her in 'Three to Tango' and thought she was great in 'Party of Five'. It was therefore intriguing to see her in this adaptation of the Oscar Wilde short story.

Unfortunately despite good performances from Campbell and Patrick Stewart this film looks cheaply put together and has not aged well. It has a grainy quality that is not great.

The plotting is slow, and the other performances a bit wooden.

It's a shame because this had the potential to be so much better.


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