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Oscar Wilde (story) and
Olivia Hetreed (screenplay)
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  (in credits order)

Ian Richardson ... Simon de Canterville

Celia Imrie ... Lucy Otis

Sarah-Jane Potts ... Virginia Otis

Rolf Saxon ... Hiram Otis

James D'Arcy ... Lord Cheshire
Edna Doré ... Mrs. Umney
Tom Bowles ... Tom Carter

Donald Sinden ... Lord Dumbleton (as Sir Donald Sinden)

Pauline Quirke ... Madame Murielle

Ian McNeice ... Professor Davenport

Rik Mayall ... Reverend Dampier
Nicholas Barker ... Stars Otis
Jack Barker ... Stripes Otis

Directed by
Crispin Reece 
Writing credits
Oscar Wilde (story)

Olivia Hetreed  screenplay

Produced by
Michael Forte .... executive producer
Alan Horrox .... producer
David Mercer .... associate producer
Yvonne Sellins .... line producer
Melanie Stokes .... associate producer
Original Music by
Tony Flynn 
Cinematography by
David Higgs (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Pike 
Production Design by
Ian Russell 
Art Direction by
Patrick Rolfe 
Costume Design by
Pam Downe 
Makeup Department
Penny Bell .... makeup artist
Vanessa Johnson .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fiona Gosden .... third assistant director
Cordelia Hardy .... first assistant director
Sacha Whitmarsh .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jonathan Breen .... standby carpenter
Barry Gibbs .... props
Lisa McDiarmid .... assistant art director
Darryl Paterson .... standby props
Allen J. Polley .... property master
Sound Department
Paul Langwade .... dubbing mixer
John Midgley .... sound mixer
June Prinz .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Clive Davis .... special effects designer
Visual Effects by
Clive Davis .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Clive Davis .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Andy Bradford .... stunt coordinator
Gabe Cronnelly .... stunts
Ray De-Haan .... stunts
Blake Sporne .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Blake .... gaffer
Nic Lawson .... focus puller
Ronnie McKay .... best boy (as Ronny McKay)
Jim Monks .... grip
Tony Russell .... still photographer
Gordon Segrove .... clapper loader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilary Guthrie .... wardrobe assistant
Marco Scotti .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Richard Halladey .... vt editor
Colin Peters .... colorist
Location Management
Garance Rawinsky .... location manager
Other crew
Clare Batty .... production coordinator
Jo Blythe .... production team
John Bosanquet .... production team
Murray Buesst .... unit publicist
Bryony Clow .... production team
Mike Cooper .... genny operator
Kelda Deike .... production secretary
Frank Evans .... production buyer
Steve Fletcher .... production team
Margaret Glover .... script editor
Ben Kingsland .... production team
Paul Lowe .... production team
Jason North .... production team
Joy Pamo .... production accountant
Penelope Robinson .... production accountant (as Penny Robinson)
Pedro Stephenson .... production team
Emma Thomas .... script supervisor
Yannis Tsacpounidis .... production team
Nicholas Wade .... unit manager (as Nick Wade)

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Spain:87 min | 89 min (without commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Lucy Otis:Scientists never have any conversation.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Canterville Ghost (1996) (TV)See more »


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Too serious moralistic adaptation with almost none of Wilde's wit, 9 June 2015
Author: surangaf from Sri Lanka

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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