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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 ... 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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Storyline

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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Trivia

This movie is supposedly set in Suffolk; Henry Cavill later starred as the Duke of Suffolk in The Tudors. 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 »

Connections

References Pride and Prejudice (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill)
Published by Keith Prowse Music Publishing Co Ltd
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nice little film doesn't do book justice.
23 June 2003 | by gfrancieSee all my reviews

Right off the bat I possess serious prejudices regarding the film. One being that the book that it was based on is my favorite book in the entire world. I first read it when I was seventeen, I have since read it about thirty times, so I know the story and the characters so very well. I did watch the film with equal anticipation and dread (like most people do when their favorite book is adapted to film) and I was slightly pleased and often disappointed. I think the key to the book and how it works is the constant sense of restraint and keeping certain things a mystery. One never found out much about the mother she was more of a ghost that wasn't truly important. And I wasn't keen upon the fact that they made a bigger deal about her, and took the film in a direction that was quite different and shall I say over-dramatic for the tone it should have set. I did find it to be a nice little film, definitely fun for those who favor frock films, and pleasant to see a film where it isn't neatly tied up at the end. (which is a bit like the book, but again in a different sense) I do understand it is difficult to cover a book in a two hour movie, thus I think it would have been a much better idea if they had made it into a mini-series. Then there would have been proper exploration and it would have stayed much more true to a book I adore.


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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 USA:

$51,970, 13 July 2003

Gross USA:

$1,179,035

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,586,341
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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