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The Canterville Ghost (1985)

The poor ghost of Sir Simon Canterville has been roaming his castle searching in vain for a brave descendant who will release him from the Canterville curse by performing a brave deed. An ... See full summary »

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William F. Claxton

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B.W. Sandefur (teleplay), Joseph Maurer (television story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Richard Kiley ... Sir Simon de Canterville
Jenny Beck ... Virginia Otis
Shelley Fabares ... Lucy
Barry Van Dyke ... John Otis
Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Umney
Christian Jacobs ... Rob
Brian Austin Green ... Willie (as Brian Green)
Priscilla Weems Priscilla Weems
Kellie Martin
Lynne Hockney Lynne Hockney
Don Knight ... Mr. Smythe
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The poor ghost of Sir Simon Canterville has been roaming his castle searching in vain for a brave descendant who will release him from the Canterville curse by performing a brave deed. An American family moves in and finds the ghost amusing, but a young girl in the family can release him - if she dares! Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Кентървилският призрак See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Virginia Otis: If you're a ghost, how can you bump into things?
Sir Simon de Canterville: Oh, I do it sometimes for effect. Can't keep it up for long. I begin to fade. Oh. Confound those pestering brothers of yours! In 500 years of dignified haunting, I have never been subject to such impudence!
Virginia Otis: Dignified haunting? You've hardly been a gentleman. You've frightened my mother, my father hasn't had a night of rest and now my brothers are all in trouble because of you.
Sir Simon de Canterville: Oh, what is the use? I'm losing my touch. I can't even pull off a good...
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Haunting
28 September 2007 | by CountVladDraculaSee all my reviews

This is a classic story in true Oscar Wilde wit and flair. It's both haunting 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. It's too bad this wasn't the best adaptation.

The best adaptation of The Canterville ghost, in my opinion, has to be the version with Patrick Stewart as the ghost, it was made for television in 1996. Though set in the 1990s it's very true to the book. The worst adaptation of the Canterville ghost, in my opinion, is the version set in 1944. It had been turned into blatant war propaganda and was almost unrecognizable, it's plot having nearly nothing at all to do with the original story by Oscar Wilde, which is a true classic.


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