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Plot: 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,… Runtime: 92 min Release Date: 27 Jan 1996
A warm and touching story never told better. (by ozthegreatat42330)
Despite what some people have said about this TV movie, it was my impression that it was simply magnificent. Patrick Stewart is in his Element in Shakespearean characterization and this is among his finest roles. Neve Campbell brought a warm sensitivity to the role of Virginia and gave a moving performance. The script was first rate, and contrary to what some have said, playing this story in a modern setting works remarkably. That is one of the strengths of great literature that it can be shaped to different times. I was riveted to this production, I having forty years or more since I saw the <more>
Charles Laughton version. I can highly recommend this version as a great film and a great family film.
Stunning Acting From Patrick Stewart (by startrek2000)
I am a huge fan of Patrick Stewart and his acting in this movie was amazing. What you have to admire is his accent during the movie, as he talks in a Shakespearean tone. To do this must be very hard but he does it as though he speaks this was normally! The movie as a whole is quite gripping and worth watching if it is on TV. 6/10
Haunting... (by CountVladDracula)
This is a classic story in true Oscar Wilde wit and flair. It's both hautning and funny. It's a fairy tale for all ages. In this story a young American girl helps to free the tormented spirit that haunts an old English castle. It's very well written and a beautiful tale for all ages.Let me start by saying I LOVE Oscar Wilde. I LOVE his work. Love it. I've even pre-ordered the British DVD of Dorian Gray with Ben Barnes since it never had a US release and I trained my computer to be able to play region 2 DVDs. I know it's not very faithful to the books but it has to be <more>
better than the 2006 version that was badly acted and made Basil a woman and set it in the 1960s.My two favourite works by Oscar Wilde are The Picture of Dorian Gray and the novella, The Canterville Ghost.The plot of The Canterville Ghost is pretty straight forward. A very theatrical old ghost haunts a castle in rural England. Turns out he murdered his wife so he was starved to death and cursed. An American family moves into the castle and the story becomes a funny spoof of British propriety and American commercialism as the American family annoys the Hell out of the ghost trying to scare them away. The ghost ends up befriending the teenage daughter of the family, fifteen-year-old, Virginia Otis. A prophecy is discovered:'When a gentle girl can win Prayer from out the lips of sin, When a child gives up tears And the barren almond bears, When the silent chapel bell Sounds the ghostly sinner's knell Then shall the house be still And peace shall come to Canterville.'And needless to say Virginia helps the ghost, Sir Simon de Canterville, to move on. There's also a sweet little subplot where she ends up with the young duke whom lives near by. This subplot is expanded in the 1996 film adaptation. Many films leave it out all together. It's a simple story and very sweet though I do actually feel Patrick Stewart's version is a lot more sympathetic than his own book counter part whom at points didn't seem to regret killing his wife at all really and was a bit petty too. Though I do still love the book I ust feel Patrick Stewart added something to the character of Sir Simon de Cantervllle that originally wasn't there.This is probably the best adaptation of the story you are liable to see. My least favourite version of The Canterville Ghost is the 1940s movie version which made it about an American soldier having to prove his bravery by killing a Nazi. That had nothing, and I mean NOTHING, to do with the original story. Even the ghost's cause of death was drastically changed for this so-called comedy it was the bleakest version I had ever seen . They had the poor ghost when he was alive walled up for refusing to fight in a duel that was originally intended for his brother but the brother was hurt and couldn't fight. Since the ghost 'died a coward' his American descendant had to 'prove his bravery' by killing a Nazi. The ghost even begs the father that killed him for this 'cowardice' for forgiveness. This is awful! I HATE that version of The Canterville Ghost. How is it the forties version of The Picture of Dorian Gray was so true to the novel but The Canterville Ghost had nothing to do with it's book? They even added a Shirley Temple style little girl. The Otis family and fifteen-year-old Virginia were not existent in this version. A seven or eight year old girl owns a castle ...for some reason and American soldiers are staying it. One soldier happens to be related to the 'cowardly' ghost and he has to prove himself against Nazi for the ghost to move on. I can't wrap my mind around why this ghost would need to be forgiven for being starved to death for refusing to fight in a duel that was not his own. What the Hell!? It was pretty much all World War 2 propaganda. Oscar Wilde would have been rolling over in his grave, especially considering his original novella was written decades before the first World War and had nothing to do with soldiers or Nazis. If this film had just been retitled with a new name for the ghost I would not have even guessed it was an adaptation of The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde.Now for my favourite film version of The Canterville Ghost:My favourite adaptation of The Canterville Ghost is the 1996 movie with Neve Campbell as Virginia Otis and Patrick Stewart as the ghost. I actually like this incarnation of the ghost more than the version in the actual book though I LOATHE Virginia's obnoxious father in this film adaptation. His character was over the top annoying. This, in my opinion, is the best film version of The Canterville Ghost. If you haven't seen it, it sells for about six dollars on amazon or you can find it on youtube broken into six parts as Patrick Stewart as a ghost with a subsequent number after each piece . This version is modernized but The Canterville Ghost lends itself well to modernization.
Do you remember those charming, touching, romantic movies from the 40s or 50s? Can you imagine one of those transformed into a teenie film without loosing a bit of its charm? Well, it can be done, as this film proves.It's the perfect film for an autumn evening with a fire crackling in the fireplace and the lights turned low.
Neve's best acting (by daPeda)
as yet. She is congenially to Patrick Steward in this made-for-TV movie, which might have had a good chance on the big screen too.As in so many hollywood movies the film would have been better off without the last sequence.
Good TV Movie, Made Better by Neve Campbell (by Saayman)
A Family moves into a castle where a ghost continues to haunt them. The parents think that it is the daughter Neve Campbell who is playing practical jokes on them, because she never wanted to move to the castle in the first place.This is a good movie, but it is made even better by the presence of a fine actress such as Neve Campbell. This movie was made in her pre-Scream days, so she wasn't very well known at the time. She delivers a wonderful performance, as does Patrick Stewart, who plays the ghost. I recommend this movie to Neve's fans and to people who like fairy talesMy Rating: <more>
Truly entertaining film for all the family. Based on the great Oscar Wilde's stories.A typical family composed of two young brat boys, a hot teen girl, and father and mother move to a castle because in the words of the father, it's cheap to live there.Neve Campbell's character is not very happy with the decision to move there because she's dealing with the pains of growing up. Suddenly after they install themselves in the castle's bedrooms, Neve starts to feel a strange vibe and even cannot explain some paranormal events.That's when she becomes friends with the <more>
Canterville Ghost played brilliantly by Patrick Stewart who is a very good actor.The chemistry between Campbell and Stewart is intense and enjoyable. It's more of a tender relationship.The movie has the typical t.v. vibe for these kind of movies. The direction is very basic and so are the effects.The art direction is truly good and that's what makes difference.Watch it only if you want to teach your kids or young relatives about Wilde's work.