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I Capture the Castle -- 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.
I Capture the Castle -- 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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Dodie Smith (novel)
Heidi Thomas (screenplay)
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Romola Garai ... Cassandra Mortmain
Sophie Stuckey ... Cassandra - aged 7

Bill Nighy ... James Mortmain
Helena Little ... Mother
Florence Jones ... Rose (aged 10)
Harrison Ward ... Thomas (aged 4)

Rose Byrne ... Rose Mortmain

Tara Fitzgerald ... Topaz Mortmain

Joe Sowerbutts ... Thomas

Henry Cavill ... Stephen Colley

Henry Thomas ... Simon Cotton

Marc Blucas ... Neil Cotton

David Bamber ... Vicar

James Faulkner ... Aubrey Fox-Cotton
Sarah Woodward ... Leda Fox-Cotton

Ray De-Haan ... Neighbour
Sorel Johnson ... Lady in Simpsons

Dolly Wells ... Fur Department Vendeuse

Sinéad Cusack ... Mrs. Cotton (as Sinead Cusack)
James Warrior ... Station Master
Christopher Ettridge ... Station Bystander
Jean Warren ... Waitress in Café
Bernadette Windsor ... Girl in Café

Directed by
Tim Fywell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dodie Smith  novel
Heidi Thomas  screenplay

Produced by
Steve Christian .... executive producer: Isle of Man Film Commission
Cleone Clarke .... assistant producer
Mark Cooper .... co-producer
Keith Evans .... executive producer: Take 3 Partnership
Mike Newell .... executive producer
David Parfitt .... producer: Trademark Films
Mark Shivas .... executive producer
Anant Singh .... producer: Distant Horizon
David M. Thompson .... producer: BBC Films
Original Music by
Dario Marianelli 
Cinematography by
Richard Greatrex (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Roy Sharman 
Casting by
Kate Rhodes James 
Production Design by
John Paul Kelly  (as John-Paul Kelly)
Art Direction by
Paul Cross (supervising art director)
Mike Stallion 
Leigh Walker 
Set Decoration by
Judy Farr 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Walter 
Makeup Department
Jayne Buxton .... hair stylist
Jayne Buxton .... makeup artist
Deborah Jarvis .... hair stylist
Deborah Jarvis .... makeup artist
Lisa Westcott .... hair designer
Lisa Westcott .... makeup designer
Production Management
Jo Beckett .... unit manager
Duncan Flower .... unit manager: Isle of Man
Jeremy Johns .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Booth .... second assistant director
Guy Heeley .... first assistant director
Vicky Marks .... third assistant director
Art Department
Stanley Apperley .... supervising plasterer: Wales (as Stan Apperley)
John Bohan .... construction manager
John Botton .... dressing props
Peter Brown .... carpenter
Thomas Brown .... assistant art director
Tom Brown-Jones .... assistant art director
Colin Burgess .... stand-by props
Roy Chapman .... chargehand dressing props
Darren Conway .... plasterer
Nigel Crafts .... stand-by carpenter
Gary Crosby .... supervising painter: Isle of Man
Dean Dunham .... painter
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Barry Gibbs .... property master
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter
Bill Hargreaves .... property storeman
Rohan Harris .... model maker
Sean Higgins .... plasterer
Roger Holden .... key greensman
David Knight .... supervising plasterer: Isle of Man
Melanie Livermore .... assistant set decorator
David Lowery .... carpenter
Emma MacDevitt .... stand-by art director
John E. Madden .... plasterer (as John Madden)
Tom Martin .... head carpenter
Eamon McLoughlin .... supervising carpenter
Colin Mutch .... stand-by prop
Daniel O'Regan .... carpenter (as Danny O'Regan)
Seamus O'Sullivan .... carpenter
Darryl Paterson .... chargehand dresser
Darryl Paterson .... chargehand prop
Sui Rajakaruna .... art department assistant
Colin Smith .... plasterer
Glenn Start .... stand-by painter
Clive Ward .... supervising painter: Wales
Derek Whorlow .... stagehand
Robert Wishart .... carpenter
David Youngs .... carpenter
Sound Department
Paula Boram .... foley artist
Gianluca Buttari .... foley assistant
Fiona Curran .... additional dialogue editor
Evelyn Ficarra .... supervising dialogue editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Mike Grimes .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
James Harris .... sound assistant
Alex Hudd .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Dan Johnson .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Hugh Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Melissa Lake .... foley artist
Miriam Ludbrook .... additional adr editor
Dave McGrath .... adr recordist
Shaun Mills .... sound maintenance
Bernard O'Reilly .... supervising sound editor
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Jay Simon .... additional voice recordist
Barnaby Smyth .... foley editor
Barnaby Smyth .... foley recordist
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Graeme Stoten .... dubbing mixer
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Dominic Tuohy .... special effects supervisor
Jim Davey .... scanning and recording (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Robin Beard .... digital artist
Steve Boag .... visual effects producer
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Hocking .... digital compositor
Gruff Owen .... digital compositor
Matthew Symonds .... digital compositor
Sabine Kertscher .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Steve Griffin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Beeks-Sanders .... camera operator (as Nick Beek-Sanders)
Fred Brown .... electrician
Frederick Crawford .... rigger (as Fred Crawford)
Adam Dale .... aerial camera operator
Wick Finch .... gaffer
Will Finch .... electrician
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
Dermot Hickey .... focus puller
Scott Hillier .... stand-by rigger
Tom Lowen .... stand-by rigger (as Thomas Lowen)
Tommy O'Sullivan .... best boy
Steve Pattenden .... electrician
Ed Rutherford .... clapper loader
Ronnie Savory .... generator operator (as Ron Savory)
Jim Smart .... electrician (as Jimmy Smart)
Steve Weightman .... grip
Glyn Williams .... first assistant camera: aerial unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Deborah Aquila .... casting: USA
Buffy Hall .... casting assistant
Rachel Himbury .... casting assistant
Buffy Kirkpatrick .... casting assistant
Stephen Moore .... casting assistant
Jennifer L. Smith .... casting associate
Tricia Wood .... casting: USA
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Cooke .... assistant costume designer
Kate Eden .... costume supervisor
Helen Hill .... costume maker
Carin Hoff .... second assistant costume designer
Ann Nichols .... costume maker
Yvonne Otzen .... costume assistant
Luan Placks .... costume assistant
Caroline Rigby .... costume assistant
Jilly Thompson .... costume dyer
Tom Hornsby .... daily wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ian Differ .... first assistant editor
Laura Evans .... assistant editor
Martin Walsh .... color grader
Jason Wheeler .... negative cutter
Location Management
Jo Beckett .... assistant location manager
Tom Crooke .... location finder
Duncan Flower .... assistant location manager
Amanda Stevens .... location manager
Keith Whale .... location assistant: Isle of Man
Music Department
Matt Biffa .... music supervisor
Mikael Carlsson .... executive soundtrack producer
Tonia Davall .... orchestra contractor
Dario Marianelli .... conductor
Dario Marianelli .... orchestrator
Steve Price .... scoring mixer
Maggie Rodford .... music supervisor
Hilary Skewes .... orchestra contractor
Transportation Department
Ian Clarke .... vehicle technician
Other crew
Mark Barry-Jackson .... helicopter pilot
Joanna Beckett .... assistant to location manager
Irena Brignull .... script editor
Daniel Budd .... first assistant accountant
Tim Desbois .... helicopter coordinator
Chloe Emmerson .... dialogue coach: UK
Jane Gibson .... movement consultant
Peter Hawkins .... supervising rigger
Sue Hills .... script supervisor
Daisy Isabel Hughes .... runner
Daisy Isabel Hughes .... stand-in
Marshall Leviten .... production coordinator
Darren Mackie .... floor runner
Ivan Mavor .... accounting assistant
Victoria Mielewska .... dialect coach
Tariq Mirza .... production legal
Huw Phillips .... rushes grader
Becky Scoffield .... production runner
Shruti Shah .... production accountant
Anthony Swaby .... floor runner: Isle of Man
Anthony Swaby .... stand-in
Hollie Unett .... floor runner: Isle of Man
Sarah Wheale .... assistant coordinator
Julia Wilson Dickson .... movement consultant
Christopher Hutchins .... production runner (uncredited)
Sean Thornton .... driving double (uncredited)

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Rated R for brief nudity
113 min | USA:111 min (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Castle used on location in this film was Manorbier Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Great Britain; (but not the shots of the lone turret). Manorbier Castle was also used as location for the BBC adaptation of CS Lewis' "Prince Caspian"See more »
Errors in geography: The story is supposedly set in Suffolk, where you simply would not find the wild heather-covered moorland of the location shots on the Isle of Man.See more »
[first lines]
Cassandra:I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
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Movie Connections:
References "Pride and Prejudice" (1995)See more »
Happy BirthdaySee more »


Was Cassandra's father put in prison for killing/attempting to kill his wife?
Why is this film rated R?
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Dispiriting for a lover of the book, 25 December 2003
Author: freudella

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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