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The Canterville Ghost (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  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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Edward Wiley ...
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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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Family | Drama | Fantasy

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

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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 travesty of a teleplay -- sends the wrong message.
30 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anyone who gives this movie more than 2 stars or who extols its virtues obviously hasn't read the original from the incomparable Oscar Wilde. Almost all of the heart of the story was taken out of this script. It's really sacrilegious. The only good lines were Patrick Stewart's, since they weren't tampered with by this movie's so-called teleplay writer. Even Virginia's young boyfriend's name was inexplicably changed from Cecil to Francis, her brothers were no longer twins, and the older brother just disappeared. Mrs. Umney was suddenly given a husband, and they were the only servants in this huge castle. Yeah, right! The most awful change, however, was the abusive father. I was so glad when at the end the mother finally stood up to him and told him how awful he's been to his sweet daughter, but she had allowed it to go on throughout the whole film -- it's just unforgivable! I'm sure Mr. Wilde is doing flips in his grave. A travesty!


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