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I Capture the Castle (2003)

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A love story set in 1930s England that follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle.

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Sophie Stuckey ...
Cassandra - aged 7
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Helena Little ...
Mother
Florence Jones ...
Rose (aged 10)
Harrison Ward ...
Thomas (aged 4)
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Aubrey Fox-Cotton
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Leda Fox-Cotton
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The film follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle. Her father is desperate to repeat the spectacular success of his first novel, but hasn't written a word for 12 years; her exquisite sister Rose can only rail against their fate, and their Bohemian step-mother Topaz is a nudist and no help at all. Salvation comes in the form of their American landlord Simon Cotton and his brother Neil. Although initially repelled by Simon, Rose is determined to make him fall in love with her and succeeds. A wedding is arranged and Cassandra is left on the sidelines as everyone around her is drawn into a maelstrom of interconnected relationships. But events spiral out of control, and before the summer ends she will experience frustrated desire, first love, and a broken heart. Written by <l_wuisan@hotmail.com>

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You can't choose who you fall in love with. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for brief nudity | See all certifications »

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8 August 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£138,142 (United Kingdom), 11 May 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,970, 13 July 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,174,139, 28 September 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,403,151, 7 November 2003
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The Castle used on location in this film was Manorbier Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Great Britain; (but not the shots of the lone turret). Manorbier Castle was also used as location for the BBC adaptation of CS Lewis' "Prince Caspian" See more »

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The story is supposedly set in Suffolk, where you simply would not find the wild heather-covered moorland of the location shots on the Isle of Man. See more »

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[first lines]
Cassandra: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
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References Pride and Prejudice (1995) See more »

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Stompin' At The Savoy
Performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (as Benny Goodman & His Orchestra)
Written by Edgar M. Sampson (as Sampson), Chick Webb (as Webb) & Benny Goodman (as Goodman)
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd
Mater Recording courtesy of Living Era
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A wonderful book; a badly-cast film.
5 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I was thrilled when I learned this book was being turned into a movie, but was dismayed at the casting of the American brothers. Could they have chosen two more boring actors? I doubt it. At least Henry Thomas can act, but he's much, much too wimpy and lightweight for the romantic Simon (I weep for the wasted opportunity that would have been Paul Rudd in this role) and Marc Blucas is a big, big zero here. He's a terrible, stiff, unconvincing actor (as he was on Buffy and in nearly everything else he's ever been in) and impossible to swallow as the object of the flighty Rose's affections.

Still, Romola Garai and Rose Byrne were lovely as Cassandra and Rose, even though the central romances in the story were subverted by the performances of Thomas and Blucas. I was initially appalled by the idea of Bill Nighy and especially Tara Fitzgerald as the girls' parents, but both were quite good. It's too bad one can't totally ignore the two male leads and just concentrate on the good actors, but as they're central to the story, it's impossible. As such, this is a lackluster film adaptation of a wonderful book.


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