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The Secret of Moonacre (2008)

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When 13 year old Maria Merryweather's father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamás Tóth ...
György Szathmári ...
Lawyer (as György Szatmari)
George Mendel ...
Priest (as György Mendel)
Michael Webber ...
Szabolcs Csák ...
Lurko ...
Zoltán Markovits ...
Marcell Tóth ...
Zoltán Barabás Kis ...
Dulac (as Zoltán Barabás Kiss)


When 13 year old Maria Merryweather's father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle she didn't know she had, at the mysterious Moonacre Manor. Soon Maria finds herself in a crumbling moonlit world torn apart by the hatred of an ancient feud with the dark and sinister De Noir family. Maria discovers that she is the last Moon Princess and, guided by an unlikely mix of allies, she must overcome her family's pride in order to unearth the secrets of the past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre disappears into the sea forever. Written by Monica Penders

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A Magical Journey Begins. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild peril and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 February 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

De maanprinses en het geheim van het witte paard  »

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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£308,099 (UK) (6 February 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It had been arranged for a real lion to be used in filming, and to be dyed black. However the insurance costs required for filming actors with a real lion were astronomical, so a digital lion was a much cheaper option. See more »


Had Maria's father never died the curse would have never had a chance to be broken. See more »


Maria Merryweather: How can I possibly go to live in the country? It's full of... the countryside.
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Crazy Credits

When the credits have finished, Digweed says: "that'll be the end, then, folks". See more »


Version of Moonacre (1994) See more »

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User Reviews

Lovely as the moon, and that's no secret; especially nice is the art direction
26 January 2012 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

In London, young, almost-a-teen Maria (Dakota Blue Richards) has just lost her father. Her nanny, Miss Heliotrope (Juliet Stevenson) tries to comfort her. When the will is read, Maria is dumbfounded to find out that she must move to the countryside and live with an unknown uncle, Benjamin (Ioan Gruffudd) at a remote estate called Moonacre. With no other choice, Maria and Miss H make the journey. Immediately, her uncle's gruff manner upsets the young lady. Yet, over the course of the next few weeks, magical things begin to happen to Maria. Elves appear and tell her of Moonacre's curse, that is, a pearl necklace was stolen from the Moon Princess long ago, by Maria's relations. In order to break the spell, the gems must be returned and are said to be hidden somewhere on the premises. Can Maria find them? The young girl also has to deal with dangerous, evil neighbors who inhabit a dark castle beyond the woods that separate the two properties. This family, headed by a horrid man (Tim Curry) wants to capture the girl to prevent her from breaking the curse. Also, living in the woods, is a beautiful lady (Natascha McElhone) who was once in love with Benjamin. Unhappily, their engagement went awry and the two are mild enemies, at present. But, since this beautiful woman knows the woods, can she help Maria in her fight against the wicked castle? This is one very lovely film, as beautiful as the moon, as they say. The art direction and special effects are superb, making the movie enchanting to watch. Also fine is the cast, from the stars to the supporting members. With very fine sets, costumes, script and direction as well, why wait for the moon's next appearance? Get this one today!

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