30 user 8 critic

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 »


Syd Macartney


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

Watch for Free

on IMDb Freedive

Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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


Family | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some haunting moments | See all certifications »






Release Date:

27 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Canterville Ghost See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


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 »


Virginia 'Ginny' Otis: When a gentle girl can win a prayer from out the lips of sin/when a child gives up tears and the barren almond bears/when the silent chapel bell sounds the ghostly sinners knell/then shall all the house be still, and peace shall come to Canterville.
See more »


Version of Duch z Canterville (1968) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Quick Reviews!!
25 November 2004 | by malkane316See all my reviews

Neve Campbell plays a young woman who moves reluctantly with her modified family to a new house, new country in an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde story. As with most of Wilde's short stories and fairy tales, there is a moral to learn, but the morals he spoke of challenged contemporary ideas. The film is based at a younger audience, but there is much for the older viewer to enjoy too, as was also the way with his short stories. There has been much debate as to whether they, and his fairy tales were designed for children or adults.

The plot follows Neve's character dealing with growing up, life, love with the help of a ghost played by Patrick Stewart. Both leads perform well, with adequate help from veterans and relative newcomers. The film looks gorgeous, but unless you are a big fan of Wilde, Neve or Stewart, you probably won't go out of your way to see it. However, if it is on TV, it is worth watching. 7 out of 10.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Check Out What's Playing on IMDb Freedive

See what movies and TV series you can watch for free today, and visit IMDb Freedive for even more. Select any poster below to play the movie!

Find more things to watch

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed