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The Secret of Moonacre (2008)

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A 13-year-old girl (played by The Golden Compass' Dakota Blue Richards) discovers that she is the only hope for banishing an ancient curse from a magical kingdom in director Gabor Csupo's ... See full summary »

Director:

Gabor Csupo

Writers:

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

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
Zoltán Markovits Zoltán Markovits ... David
Marcell Tóth Marcell Tóth ... Richard
Zoltán Barabás Kis Zoltán Barabás Kis ... Dulac (as Zoltán Barabás Kiss)
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Storyline

A 13-year-old girl (played by The Golden Compass' 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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Based on the best selling book "The Little White Horse." See more »


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

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Hungary | UK | France | Australia | USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

De maanprinses en het geheim van het witte paard See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£308,099 (United Kingdom), 8 February 2009, Limited Release
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Dakota Blue Richards did most of her own stunts. She did have an adult stunt double, but the director decided she did a much better job herself. See more »

Goofs

Had Maria's father never died the curse would have never had a chance to be broken. See more »

Quotes

Robin De Noir: I promised I would listen to you, and I have.
Maria Merryweather: Robin you have to help me, you have to!
Robin De Noir: [grabs her by the shoulders] You are a Merryweather!
[lets her go]
Robin De Noir: ... right now I ought to kill you.
Maria Merryweather: Kill me and the whole valley dies with me! You and I can stop it and we only have until moon-rise, tonight!
Maria Merryweather: ...I'm still listening.
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The sea is used as a backdrop for the end credits. See more »

Connections

Version of Moonacre (1994) See more »

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Written by Christian Henson and Caroline Lost
Performed by SKYE
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Must-watch for any fairy tale and fantasy maniac!
25 December 2009 | by sun_rises_downSee all my reviews

Firstly, I haven't read the book. In a way it works for my advantage allowing me to criticize the movie solely based on what was presented there and not be distracted by what was left out compared to book etc. I can think of two kinds of fairy tales: one is the kind you love when you're 7 but think it utterly stupid and childish when you're 30; the other type is the kind you find magical no matter how old you are. This movie here could've easily belonged to the first group but turned out to be something more valuable. The bicycle has been invented and now it's all about how you do it, not what you do. The whole movie in its being is one big cliché, BUT they have successfully managed to turn that weakness into a strong point. This could've easily been a cheesy Raspberry candidate and I am very picky about my fairy tales and fantasy and I was not disappointed. Several aspects made the story believable, starting from the level of acting and ending with props. When it comes to acting, the weakest link in the bunch was Natascha McElhone, who didn't always seem to be in it as much as the others (e.g the cursing part, people seem to agree on that part mostly). I was thoroughly impressed by Ioan Gruffudd, going from cold to heartbroken definitely moved my cruel heart. The milieu and the special effects were outstanding. No Lord of the Rings, don't get me wrong, but there was no half-hearted effort in that area. The Moonacre Manor and the many other scenes were picturesque and the costumes far-enough-out-of-the-box creative, mixing the traditional with a modern touch in perfect balance. All in all, I was left feeling satisfied and enriched and I reckon this movie deserves a rating above 7 of 10 the least, for it certainly wasn't a mediocre experience.


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