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The Canterville Ghost (1996)

When a teenaged girl moves to England with her brothers and parents into the ancient Canterville Hall, she's not at all happy. Especially as there's a ghost and a mysterious re-appearing ... See full summary »

Director:

Syd Macartney

Writers:

Oscar Wilde (short story), Robert Benedetti (teleplay)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Sir Simon de Canterville
Neve Campbell ... Virginia 'Ginny' Otis
Joan Sims ... Mrs. Umney
Donald Sinden ... Mr. Umney
Cherie Lunghi ... Lucille Otis
Edward Wiley Edward Wiley ... Hiram Otis
Leslie Phillips ... George, Lord Canterville
Daniel Betts ... Francis, Duke of Cheshire
Ciarán Fitzgerald ... Adam Otis
Raymond Pickard Raymond Pickard ... Washington Otis
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Storyline

When a teenaged girl moves to England with her brothers and parents into the ancient Canterville Hall, she's not at all happy. Especially as there's a ghost and a mysterious re-appearing bloodstain on the hearth. She campaigns to go back home, and her dad, believing the ghost's pranks are Ginny's, is ready to send her back. But then Ginny actually meets the elusive seventeenth century Sir Simon de Canterville (not to mention the cute teenaged Duke next door), and she sets her hand to the task of freeing Sir Simon from his curse. Written by Kathy Li

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ghost | girl | prank | england | curse | See All (64) »

Genres:

Family | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some haunting moments | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Gespenst von Canterville See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Simon (Sir Patrick Stewart) re-enacts a scene with Virginia from Hamlet where the title character is speaking with his father's ghost, who reveals he was slain by his own brother Claudius. Sir Patrick Stewart played Claudius in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980), and Hamlet (2009). See more »

Quotes

Sir Simon de Canterville: Hail, and well met Sir Ghost.
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Connections

Version of Duch z Canterville (1968) See more »

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Decent By TV Standards, Average By Film Standards
17 November 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Adaption of the famous Oscar Wilde tale about a young American girl (Neve Campbell) that helps a British ghost (Patrick Stewart) find rest and forgiveness.

What fool cast Neve Campbell alongside Patrick Stewart? Stewart, despite being best known for his role on "Star Trek", is a great actor with a love of Shakespeare and the classics. Campbell is a disposable actress who has no range of emotion and is doomed to appear in countless sequels to "Scream".

The story is good, the effects are good... the dad is more than adequately made out to be a jerk (almost too much, really... being a physicist does not mean you need to be a heartless father with no sense of imagination). I suppose this could have been worse.


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