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The Canterville Ghost (1986)

PG | | Family, Comedy, Fantasy | TV Movie 1986
A girl befriends a mischievous British ghost trying to scare her family (his descendants) back to America.



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Complete credited cast:
... Sir Simon de Canterville
... Harry Canterville
... Lucy Canterville
... Jennifer Canterville
... Earl
... Mrs. Umney
... Hummle Umney
... Uncle Hesketh
Dorothea Phillips ... Aunt Gretchen
Bill Wallis ... Fenton Cook
... Uncle George
... Aunt Caroline
Spencer Chandler ... Paul Blaine
Celia Breckon ... Lady Eleanor


A young American family of three inherits an English castle, only to find it haunted by the lively spirit of a disgraced ancestor, doomed to haunt the estate for the death of his wife. The family daughter, hoping his antics will indeed scare her parents all the way back to Cleveland, Ohio, befriends the spirit, but as time passes, these allies become friends, and an opportunity arises whereby she might break his curse. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com/revised by statmanjeff

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The castle they inherited features 48 rooms and one cranky ghost!


Family | Comedy | Fantasy


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1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de Canterville  »

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Ted Wass, father of Alyssa Milano in the film, directed her 15 years later in Spin City: Rain on My Charades (2001). See more »


As Harry drives Jennifer home, he suddenly slams on the brakes, yet the white car following very closely behind does not run into him. It completely vanishes from existence with the application of the brakes. See more »


[Jennifer helps Sir Simon while he's sick]
Jennifer Canterville: Anything else you need?
Sir Simon de Canterville: Yes. Open the window.
Jennifer Canterville: Open the window? You'll die of pneumonia.
Sir Simon de Canterville: Do you really think so?
Jennifer Canterville: You just rest. We have to think of a way to talk Dad and Lucy out of selling this place. I mean, if you have to stay here, you might as well do it in peace and quiet. Good night.
Sir Simon de Canterville: Uh, Jennifer. I should just like to say how much I appreciate all you do for me. I-I really look forward to your daily visits, al-although it might not always have ...
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Lovely story
28 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a classic story in true Oscar Wilde wit and flair. It's both haunting and funny. It's a fairy tale for all ages. In this story a young American girl helps to free the tormented spirit that haunts an old English castle. It's very well written and a beautiful tale for all ages. It's too bad this wasn't the best adaptation.

The best adaptation of The Canterville ghost, in my opinion, has to be the version with Patrick Stewart as the ghost, it was made for television in 1996. Though set in the 1990s it's very true to the book. The worst adaptation of the Canterville ghost, in my opinion, is the version set in 1944. It had been turned into blatant war propaganda and was almost unrecognizable, it's plot having nearly nothing at all to do with the original story by Oscar Wilde, which is a true classic.

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