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The Ghost of Greville Lodge (2000)

TV-PG | | Family, Mystery | 6 October 2000 (UK)
Inquisitive teenage orphan James is invited to stay at his uncle's country mansion. He explores the property and discovers the house holds many mysterious secrets.

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Jon Newman ... James Greville
... Sarah
... Social Worker
Emma Powell ... Social Worker / Clara
... Great Uncle
... Billyboy
Stephen Lyons ... Radio Announcer
Howard Coggins ... Durban
Billy Smith ... Ben
... James' Father
Rebecca Weeks ... Midge
Martin Neville ... The Vicar
Clive Montellier ... The Butler
Daphne Neville ... Mrs. Rolphe - Excited Lady at Party
Laura Coats ... 1939 Servant
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A modern day ghost story for the whole family! Teenager James Greville has lived in children's homes his whole life, so he is surprised when a Great Uncle invites him to his country manor for a holiday. He spends most of his time alone exploring the sprawling Greville Lodge and soon discovers that the Lodge has many secrets, including doors to the west wing which have been sealed shut. One night James wakes up to find himself in front of one of the doors and this time it opens! Through the doors, the mysteries of Greville Lodge are revealed. Written by <Justquinn@aol.com>

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6 October 2000 (UK)  »

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Nicholas Wilde's source novel "Down Came A Blackbird" is somewhat darker in tone. James, who is only thirteen, is a petty criminal sent to the country while his mother recovers from an alcoholic coma, and initially plans to rob his great-uncle before running away. See more »

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The story takes place in the two weeks before Christmas, yet all the trees and undergrowth are in full leaf. See more »

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Christmas Day 1939
15 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

The Ghost of Greville Lodge is directed by Niall Johnson, who also adapts to screenplay from the novel Down Came A Blackbird written by Nicholas Wilde. It stars George Cole, Prunella Scales, Kevin Howarth, Jon Newman, Billy Smith and Rebecca Weeks. Music is by Sam Parker and Craig Johnson and cinematography by Gordon Hickie.

Teenager James Greville (Newman) has spent most of his youth living in children's homes after the death of his parents when he was just six years old. Out of the blue he gets an invite to stay for Christmas with a Great Uncle at Greville Lodge. Once there he settles in quickly and spends his time exploring the vast lodge and the quaint village nearby. Soon, though, James comes to find that Greville Lodge holds some secrets and that he is in fact the catalyst for those secrets to come out in the open.

Anyone who is familiar with, and likes, The Amazing Mr. Blunden from 1972, will have no problems enjoying this delightful family friendly ghost story. Blending its supernatural heart with a time travelling scenario, film goes exactly where you would expect it to go. It's not the scary kind of ghost story to chill the spine, though there is an ethereal eeriness about certain passages that should make the younger viewers tingle with a suspicion of the unknown. The acting is very competent and the period design for the 1939 segments is splendid in its eye appealing efficiency. A film of this type lives or dies by its ending and thankfully the finale here is excellently put together and hits all the right emotional notes. So have a Kleenex handy just in case.

Really well put together and narratively strong, this is very much recommended to those in search of a Mr. Blunden type ghost story. 7.5/10


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