I Capture the Castle (2003)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  8 August 2003 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Stuckey ...
Cassandra - aged 7
Helena Little ...
Florence Jones ...
Rose (aged 10)
Harrison Ward ...
Topaz Mortmain
Joe Sowerbutts ...
Aubrey Fox-Cotton
Sarah Woodward ...
Leda Fox-Cotton


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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aihmaloti kardia  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£138,142 (UK) (9 May 2003)


$1,174,139 (USA) (26 September 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie is supposedly set in Suffolk; Henry Cavill later starred as the Duke of Suffolk in The Tudors. See more »


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 »


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


Stompin' At The Savoy
Performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (as Benny Goodman & His Orchestra)
Written by Edgar M. Sampson (as Sampson), Chick Webb (as Webb) & Benny Goodman (as Goodman)
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd
Mater Recording courtesy of Living Era
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Dispiriting for a lover of the book
25 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Whenever there is a movie made from a book, there are bound to be shortcuts taken, characters combined or eliminated, adaptations made to make it suitable in size and scope -- but the overall tone should adhere, as best it can, to the source material. On this count, this movie fails miserably. The humor and wit of the book are entirely lacking in this dull melodrama

Romola Garai was well-cast as Cassandra and I'm certain she would have been better (lighter, more witty, less leaden) if she would have had better material. All others were pretty far off the mark, especially Tara Fitzgerald as Topaz and Marc Blucas as Neil. The latter is so wooden and his line readings so flat, I ducked my head in embarrassment for him whenever he opened his mouth to speak. Bill Nighy, so wonderful in other things, was also a grave miscast. None of the bluster and rather humorous pomposity of the character come through in his portrayal -- only neuroses, anger, and self-pity.

Perhaps this wouldn't be such a terrible movie to those unfamiliar with the book. However, if you loved the book I can't see how this film can be anything but

disappointing. The filmmakers who made "Cold Comfort Farm" should have done this one. It required that same light and loving touch. You won't find that here.

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