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The Secret of Moonacre (2008)

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Maria inherits a book of secrets from her dad. She moves to her uncle's Moonacre estate. A family curse was cast on the valley. Only Maria can break it using her book.


Gabor Csupo


Lucy Shuttleworth (screenplay by), Graham Alborough (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Blue Richards ... Maria Merryweather
Juliet Stevenson ... Miss Heliotrope
Tim Curry ... Coeur De Noir
Tamás Tóth Tamás Tóth ... Vicar
Augustus Prew ... Robin De Noir
György Szathmári György Szathmári ... Lawyer (as György Szatmari)
Natascha McElhone ... Loveday
Ioan Gruffudd ... Sir Benjamin Merryweather / Sir Wrolf Merryweather
George Mendel George Mendel ... Priest (as György Mendel)
Michael Webber Michael Webber ... Digweed
Szabolcs Csák Szabolcs Csák ... Henry
Lurko Lurko ... Wrolf the Dog
Kristof Z. Markovics Kristof Z. Markovics ... David (as Zoltán Markovits)
Marcell Tóth Marcell Tóth ... Richard
Zoltán Barabás Kis Zoltán Barabás Kis ... Dulac (as Zoltán Barabás Kiss)


Thirteen-year-old Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards) discovers that she is the only hope for banishing an ancient curse from a magical kingdom in Director Gabor Csupo's adaptation of author Elizabeth Goudge's 1946 children's book "The Little White Horse".

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A magical adventure for all the family! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild peril and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Dakota Blue Richards hadn't read The Little White Horse, the book on which this movie was based, when she got the part of Maria. She read it while on the flight to Hungary to film. See more »


As they are having breakfast the first morning in Moonacre, the level of the shake in Benjamin's glass change from full, to less, to full again. See more »


Miss Heliotrope: [carriage drives through a large bump on the road] Miss Heliotrope: Maria, there is only one thing that can save us now.
Miss Heliotrope: [Miss Heliotrope and Maria speak together] Classical french needlepoint.
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Crazy Credits

When the credits have finished, Digweed says: "that'll be the end, then, folks". See more »


Version of Moonacre (1994) See more »


Written by Christian Henson and Caroline Lost
Performed by SKYE
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User Reviews

There seems to be something missing but still loved it much
21 April 2011 | by flyingamonSee all my reviews

Having seen Dakota Blue Richards in The Golden Compass which I loved immensely, I was excited to see her again in another fantasy movie. And while this is a fantasy movie of a different type, I must say I enjoyed this just as much. This movie has a really simple plot which develops slowly but I do think most things are explained in one way or another. However I would have loved a bit more background story about some of the characters such as Robin and his father Coeur De Noir. I have not read the book so I am sure the director left some things out that weren't developed in the movie. There is obviously a suggestion there could be a relationship between Robin and Maria. The ending seemed a bit rushed and I had loved they gave that some more attention, some more screening time. I must say that this movie was maybe not so good if Dakota didn't give such a strong performance as Maria Merryweather. The others really couldn't have carried this movie but play their role well. There is some humor in it in the characters of Miss Heliotrope (she is a little burpy) and the chef (French accent so cliché) which the children will love. I didn't find that funny but wasn't bothered with it either. The story in itself was serious and good and that was what mattered to me. And there are fantasy elements like unicorn, black lion which are mostly symbolic. It's no Chronicles of Narnia, not as overwhelming as Golden Compass or Stardust but a sweet little movie that has its place in the fantasy genre. I had no regrets seeing it.

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Release Date:

6 February 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »


Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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