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The Canterville Ghost (1996)

When a teenaged girl moves to England with her brothers and parents into the ancient Canterville Hall, she's not at all happy. Especially as there's a ghost and a mysterious re-appearing ... See full summary »

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Syd Macartney

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (short story), Robert Benedetti (teleplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Sir Simon de Canterville
Neve Campbell ... Virginia 'Ginny' Otis
Joan Sims ... Mrs. Umney
Donald Sinden ... Mr. Umney
Cherie Lunghi ... Lucille Otis
Edward Wiley Edward Wiley ... Hiram Otis
Leslie Phillips ... George, Lord Canterville
Daniel Betts ... Francis, Duke of Cheshire
Ciarán Fitzgerald ... Adam Otis
Raymond Pickard Raymond Pickard ... Washington Otis
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Storyline

When a teenaged girl moves to England with her brothers and parents into the ancient Canterville Hall, she's not at all happy. Especially as there's a ghost and a mysterious re-appearing bloodstain on the hearth. She campaigns to go back home, and her dad, believing the ghost's pranks are Ginny's, is ready to send her back. But then Ginny actually meets the elusive seventeenth century Sir Simon de Canterville (not to mention the cute teenaged Duke next door), and she sets her hand to the task of freeing Sir Simon from his curse. Written by Kathy Li

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ghost | girl | prank | england | curse | See All (64) »

Genres:

Family | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some haunting moments | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Simon (Sir Patrick Stewart) re-enacts a scene with Virginia from Hamlet where the title character is speaking with his father's ghost, who reveals he was slain by his own brother Claudius. Sir Patrick Stewart played Claudius in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980), and Hamlet (2009). See more »

Quotes

Sir Simon de Canterville: Hail, and well met Sir Ghost.
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Connections

Version of The Canterville Ghost (1989) See more »

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A family film in the truest sense - a delight for everyone
19 November 1998 | by cbj-2See all my reviews

This is a little gem of a movie, with lush sets and surprisingly good special effects, in a truly English (as opposed to a Disney/Mary Poppins British) setting and an attractive cast. Patrick Stewart brings the full weight of his Shakespearian background to bear, and creates a tragic and tender ghost, never lapsing into bathos or slapstick. Neve Campbell as the heroine is convincing as a brave, warm-hearted girl embarking on a gentle romance with the well-cast Daniel Betts. Kids will love the ghostly capers, teenagers and older family members will enjoy Ginny and Francis getting closer together, and empathise with the father-daughter conflict, and more mature watchers will be moved by the sad history of Sir Simon. A three-hanky movie. The only fly in the ointment was the entirely wasted presence of Joan Sims and Donald Sinden - "ham" really should have been off the menu in their case, but at least we don't have to see much of them.


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