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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 »

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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
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)
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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 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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Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Much of The Secret of Moonacre (2008) was filmed in Hungary, but some scenes were filmed in England. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sir Benjamin Merryweather: His name is Rolf. There are those who find him alarming. He can kill in an instant. But you're a Merryweather. He very probably won't harm you.
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When the credits have finished, Digweed says: "that'll be the end, then, folks". See more »

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Version of Moonacre (1994) See more »

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Written by Christian Henson and Caroline Lost
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Lovely as the moon, and that's no secret; especially nice is the art direction
26 January 2012 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

In London, young, almost-a-teen Maria (Dakota Blue Richards) has just lost her father. Her nanny, Miss Heliotrope (Juliet Stevenson) tries to comfort her. When the will is read, Maria is dumbfounded to find out that she must move to the countryside and live with an unknown uncle, Benjamin (Ioan Gruffudd) at a remote estate called Moonacre. With no other choice, Maria and Miss H make the journey. Immediately, her uncle's gruff manner upsets the young lady. Yet, over the course of the next few weeks, magical things begin to happen to Maria. Elves appear and tell her of Moonacre's curse, that is, a pearl necklace was stolen from the Moon Princess long ago, by Maria's relations. In order to break the spell, the gems must be returned and are said to be hidden somewhere on the premises. Can Maria find them? The young girl also has to deal with dangerous, evil neighbors who inhabit a dark castle beyond the woods that separate the two properties. This family, headed by a horrid man (Tim Curry) wants to capture the girl to prevent her from breaking the curse. Also, living in the woods, is a beautiful lady (Natascha McElhone) who was once in love with Benjamin. Unhappily, their engagement went awry and the two are mild enemies, at present. But, since this beautiful woman knows the woods, can she help Maria in her fight against the wicked castle? This is one very lovely film, as beautiful as the moon, as they say. The art direction and special effects are superb, making the movie enchanting to watch. Also fine is the cast, from the stars to the supporting members. With very fine sets, costumes, script and direction as well, why wait for the moon's next appearance? Get this one today!


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