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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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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Family | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 October 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A kísértetház titka  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


In the final scene where the snow is falling and settling in the background you can see green snow-free leaves on what looks like a summers day See more »

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Very nicely done.
4 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

I had never seen this film on television here in Canada and I purchased the DVD solely based on the reviews found at Amazon UK. After all who doesn't love a Christmastime ghost story. I just finished watching this with my wife and we were not disappointed. The story builds slowly but with suspense. A young lad, James (Jon Newman), is reunited with a great Uncle (George Cole) he never knew he had. James travels to the country to Greville Lodge where his uncle lives. Both James and his uncle are very nice people but the uncle is somewhat somber.

James soon begins to have dreams that are connected to Greville Lodge. He dreams he is a lad much like himself and he befriends a boy and a girl who worked at Grenville Lodge many years before. Why are these strange dreams happening? There is a mystery for James to unravel. Something happened many years ago that still affects his uncle. Eventually James comes to believe that if he can unravel the past perhaps he can bring some joy to his solemn uncle.

This is not a horror film with exploding skulls and gargoyles (Thank heavens). It is a gentle ghost story, superbly written and well acted. I recommend it highly as a family Christmas movie.

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