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The Ghost of Greville Lodge (2000)

TV-PG | | Family, Mystery | 6 October 2000 (UK)
Inquisitive teenage orphan James is invited to stay at his uncle's country mansion. He explores the property and discovers the house holds many mysterious secrets.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Newman ...
James Greville
Social Worker
George Cole ...
Great Uncle
Stephen Lyons ...
Radio Announcer
Howard Coggins ...
Billy Smith ...
James' Father
Rebecca Weeks ...
Emma Powell ...
Martin Neville ...
The Vicar
Clive Montellier ...
The Butler
Daphne Neville ...
Mrs. Rolphe
Laura Coats ...
1939 Servant


A modern day ghost story for the whole family! Teenager James Greville has lived in children's homes his whole life, so he is surprised when a Great Uncle invites him to his country manor for a holiday. He spends most of his time alone exploring the sprawling Greville Lodge and soon discovers that the Lodge has many secrets, including doors to the west wing which have been sealed shut. One night James wakes up to find himself in front of one of the doors and this time it opens! Through the doors, the mysteries of Greville Lodge are revealed. Written by <Justquinn@aol.com>

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Family | Mystery


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6 October 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A kísértetház titka  »

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Did You Know?


Nicholas Wilde's source novel "Down Came A Blackbird" is somewhat darker in tone. James, who is only thirteen, is a petty criminal sent to the country while his mother recovers from an alcoholic coma, and initially plans to rob his great-uncle before running away. See more »


The story takes place in the two weeks before Christmas, yet all the trees and undergrowth are in full leaf. See more »

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Disappointing to say the least! Cheesy, and not worth watching!
31 October 2009 | by (West Sussex, England) – See all my reviews

I'm not quite sure where all the rest of the comments are coming from?! Maybe there are some people who don't notice poor scriptwriting and shoddy acting.

To begin with, the actors are wooden and cheesy. Prunella Scales does a good job, but the main character is played by a guy who just has little acting skill. Its all smiles and politeness from a teenager.

I think if you're sitting down as a family with 5-8 year olds, they MAY, (emphasis on MAY) get spooked out... once or twice. But you could see everything coming. The language/dialect/speech was so false. It just really felt written. As if this was perhaps written by a university student learning the ropes of scriptwriting.

A good movie should feel natural, and all of this movie felt acted. There are enough clichés in this film to fill your trick & treat bag 10 fold! Its a shame, because I've never felt I've disliked a movie so much to write a comment, but I actually felt the need to register just for this one! If you want a good comedy-ghost movie-parody, you're in for a treat. If you're looking for a good family scary movie, there are about 100+ better ones out there to chose from!

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