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The Canterville Ghost (1997)

Unrated | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | TV Movie
An American millionaire moves into an historic and imposing mansion, which comes complete with its very own eccentric ghost.



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Edna Doré ...
Mrs. Umney
Tom Bowles ...
Lord Dumbleton (as Sir Donald Sinden)
Madame Murielle
Professor Davenport
Nicholas Barker ...
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An American millionaire moves into an historic and imposing mansion, which comes complete with its very own eccentric ghost.

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Did You Know?


When Sir Simon crashes the party, one of the guests cries out "Oh, my prophetic soul!" This is what Hamlet says when he realizes he speaking to his father's ghost in "Hamlet". See more »


Virginia Otis: When darkness blossoms into light and love keeps vi...
Tom Carter: ...vigil in the night, when maid walks in the house of doom and true tears defy the tomb, then shall all the chase be still and peace come to Canterville.
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Too serious moralistic adaptation with almost none of Wilde's wit
9 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is a really bad adaptation. To start with, Oscar Wilde's wit is almost completely absent here. It is also too serious, too moralistic (with absurd morality of modern secular west applied anachronistically to past), and way too sappy romantic. In contrast, Oscar Wilde made witty fun of seriousness, all kinds of morality, and sentimental romanticism, in his creations. While it is excusable, when adapting works to art, to cut, add, or change, details of plots, characters, and settings, to suit the audience & medium, adapters should take care to remain within the spirit of the original to be counted successful. Inability of the makers of this production to do that is obvious. They should have done better to create an original work under a new name. But they chose to borrow and destroy.

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