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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.

Director:

Tim Fywell

Writers:

Dodie Smith (novel), Heidi Thomas (screenplay)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romola Garai ... Cassandra Mortmain
Sophie Stuckey Sophie Stuckey ... Cassandra - aged 7
Bill Nighy ... James Mortmain
Helena Little Helena Little ... Mother
Florence Jones Florence Jones ... Rose (aged 10)
Harrison Ward Harrison Ward ... Thomas (aged 4)
Rose Byrne ... Rose Mortmain
Tara Fitzgerald ... Topaz Mortmain
Joe Sowerbutts ... Thomas
Henry Cavill ... Stephen Colley
Henry Thomas ... Simon Cotton
Marc Blucas ... Neil Cotton
David Bamber ... Vicar
James Faulkner ... Aubrey Fox-Cotton
Sarah Woodward ... 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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Taglines:

I love, I have loved, I will love. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Manorbier Castle in Tenby, Wales, which was used for many of the shots of the Mortmain family's castle, had a moat that had not been used for many years. For the shots of Cassandra and Neil swimming in the moat, large amounts of clay were brought in to make the moat watertight. It was then filled from tankers of water brought from elsewhere, because the local water supply could not supply the large amount needed. See more »

Goofs

When Simon is drinking his tea in the first shot, he receives the cup with his right hand and then turns the handle to actually drink with his left. The handle switches back and forth in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cassandra: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.
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Alternate Versions

A final scene after Cassandra's last line shows an older Cassandra carrying a portable typewriter and a manuscript envelope through a large city. She passes Simon in the street, and the two smile at one another before Cassandra turns away to enter a publisher's office. (This ending is an extra on the DVD version.) See more »

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References Pride and Prejudice (1995) See more »

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The Rrrrumba
Music by Dario Marianelli
Published by Air-Edel Associates Ltd
Performed by Romola Garai
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Dispiriting for a lover of the book
25 December 2003 | by freudellaSee all my reviews

Whenever there is a movie made from a book, there are bound to be shortcuts taken, characters combined or eliminated, adaptations made to make it suitable in size and scope -- but the overall tone should adhere, as best it can, to the source material. On this count, this movie fails miserably. The humor and wit of the book are entirely lacking in this dull melodrama

Romola Garai was well-cast as Cassandra and I'm certain she would have been better (lighter, more witty, less leaden) if she would have had better material. All others were pretty far off the mark, especially Tara Fitzgerald as Topaz and Marc Blucas as Neil. The latter is so wooden and his line readings so flat, I ducked my head in embarrassment for him whenever he opened his mouth to speak. Bill Nighy, so wonderful in other things, was also a grave miscast. None of the bluster and rather humorous pomposity of the character come through in his portrayal -- only neuroses, anger, and self-pity.

Perhaps this wouldn't be such a terrible movie to those unfamiliar with the book. However, if you loved the book I can't see how this film can be anything but

disappointing. The filmmakers who made "Cold Comfort Farm" should have done this one. It required that same light and loving touch. You won't find that here.


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