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I Capture the Castle (2003)

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A love story set in 1930s England that follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle.

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Cassandra - aged 7
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Topaz Mortmain
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Leda Fox-Cotton
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The film follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle. Her father is desperate to repeat the spectacular success of his first novel, but hasn't written a word for 12 years; her exquisite sister Rose can only rail against their fate, and their Bohemian step-mother Topaz is a nudist and no help at all. Salvation comes in the form of their American landlord Simon Cotton and his brother Neil. Although initially repelled by Simon, Rose is determined to make him fall in love with her and succeeds. A wedding is arranged and Cassandra is left on the sidelines as everyone around her is drawn into a maelstrom of interconnected relationships. But events spiral out of control, and before the summer ends she will experience frustrated desire, first love, and a broken heart. Written by <l_wuisan@hotmail.com>

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I love, I have loved, I will love. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for brief nudity | See all certifications »

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8 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aihmaloti kardia  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£138,142 (UK) (9 May 2003)

Gross:

$1,174,139 (USA) (26 September 2003)
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Manorbier Castle in Tenby, Wales, which was used for many of the shots of the Mortmain family's castle, had a moat that had not been used for many years. For the shots of Cassandra and Neil swimming in the moat, large amounts of clay were brought in to make the moat watertight. It was then filled from tankers of water brought from elsewhere, because the local water supply could not supply the large amount needed. See more »

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Rose sends Cassandra a bottle of what appears to be Penhaligon's Bluebell perfume for her 18th birthday. According to the Penhaligon's website, the Bluebell perfume was first manufactured in 1978, whereas the film takes place around the early 1940s. See more »

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[first lines]
Cassandra: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
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References Pride and Prejudice (1995) See more »

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Goodnight Sweetheart
Performed by Sarah Vaughan
Written by Written by Ray Noble (as Noble), Jimmy Campbell(as Campbell) & Reginald Connelly (as Connelly)
Published by Campbell Connelly & Co Ltd
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Best adaptation ever
13 May 2003 | by (Leeds England) – See all my reviews

The rights to this film were rescued from Disney. I dread to think what Disney would have done with the book. Thank goodness they never tried it!

This book was one of my favourites, so I went to see the film in fear and trepidation. I needn't have worried. It is a beautiful film in its own right. Nothing was overstated. The emotions and nuances were captured perfectly by some wonderful performances, without the need to spell everything out in black and white.

Please see this film. I haven't enjoyed anything so much in ages.


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