The Canterville Ghost (1996)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Family, Drama, Fantasy  |  27 January 1996 (USA)
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Adaption of the famous Oscar Wilde tale about a young American girl that helps a British ghost find rest and forgiveness.



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Complete credited cast:
Joan Sims ...
Edward Wiley ...
George, Lord Canterville
Daniel Betts ...
Francis, Duke of Cheshire
Ciarán Fitzgerald ...
Raymond Pickard ...


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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Rated PG for some haunting moments | See all certifications »




Release Date:

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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A warm and touching story never told better.
19 April 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Despite what some people have said about this TV movie, it was my impression that it was simply magnificent. Patrick Stewart is in his Element in Shakespearean characterization and this is among his finest roles. Neve Campbell brought a warm sensitivity to the role of Virginia and gave a moving performance. The script was first rate, and contrary to what some have said, playing this story in a modern setting works remarkably. That is one of the strengths of great literature that it can be shaped to different times. I was riveted to this production, I having forty years or more since I saw the Charles Laughton version. I can highly recommend this version as a great film and a great family film.

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