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The Canterville Ghost


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  • Actors: John Gielgud, Alyssa Milano, Ted Wass, Andrea Marcovicci
  • Directors: Paul Bogart
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048NWPBM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,710 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Canterville Ghost" on IMDb

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Sir John Gielgud stars as a 300-year-old cantankerous ghost who finds a new unexpected friend in a modern American teenager in The Canterville Ghost. When an American family comes to England to claim their inherited ancient ancestral castle, the restless spirit of Sir Simon, refusing to share his home, instigates all manner of fiendish tricks intended to scare the new owners off the premises. The daughter of the new owner (Alyssa Milano) has her own objectives for wanting to make trouble for her father (Ted Wass) and new stepmother (Andrea Marcovicci). This updated retelling of the classic tale (first filmed in 1944) is a fantasy full of fun for the whole family. Newly remastered.

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This movie, IMHO, is one of those timeless CLASSICS!
Thor Hang
This is a great family movie and I'm ordering it for my granddaughters who love movies and I hope they will enjoy this one as much as I have over the years.
Country Woman
I puchased this vhs copy, which I'm glad I did, since there is no dvd version available and now the vhs is out of print.
Sallie A. Neal

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Dagupion on November 26, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This is such a wonderful movie! I was 6 when it came out in 1986 and in all these years have worn out the VHS tape that we had.

Now, we don't even have a VCR and I wish the studio would release it in DVD format. I'd buy it in a second.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sallie A. Neal on July 17, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
A young Alyssa Milano stars as Jennifer Canterville, a young girl who is being transported from the life she knows into a strange new home in a new country with a new family. Jennifer's father, Harry, played by Ted Wass (who would later star in the popular tv show Blossom) has a new bride and decides to take over their family estate, the Canterville Castle.

When the new Cantervilles arrive, strange occurances immediately ensue. Hummel, the butler, is hung from a chandalier and loses the luggage, a ghostly apparation appears on the stairs and warns the family to leave or be sorry, and a mysterious spider interrupts the new couple's intimate moments! The family is informed that the Ghost of Sir Simon Canterville (played tremendously by Sir John Gielgud) haunts the castle to ensure that no one takes possession of his home. None of the family, except Jennifer, believe the story that their new home is haunted.

Being a young, naive youngster, Jennifer is immediately enthralled with the idea that there is a ghost in the castle. One evening she follows him to his chambers, where he does his best to scare her to no avail, leaving her instead smiling. She tells Sir Simon that she is not scared of him, instead she wants to team up with him to scare her parents out of the castle so that she can return to her old home. Sir Simon and Jennifer then become friends, causing many exciting twists and turns, including Jennifer helping Sir Simon find eternal peace. Sir Simon and Jennifer's meaningful relationship make this made-for-tv movie a quick and enjoyable watch.

I was 5 or 6 when I first watched this film, and still enjoy it today. I puchased this vhs copy, which I'm glad I did, since there is no dvd version available and now the vhs is out of print. I hope that this film is made available on dvd soon, as it is a family film that would be enjoyed by many!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Noen Zorche on December 3, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is in demand! Why on earth don't they re-release it!

We want this movie digitally remastered and available on DVD!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I don't remember this movie ever hitting the Theaters, but it is GREAT! There are three popular actors in it: John Gielgud as the "Canterville Ghost"; Ted Wass as the decendent who inherits the haunted castle and his daughter, played by a very young Alyssa Milano.
The American family headed by Ted Wass' character, inherits the castle and moves in. Shortly thereafter, they encounter "The Ghost". Alyssa Milano's character befriends the cranky old "Ghost" and they plot to run off Alyssa's new step mom. The story line contains several humourous scenes and also involves a mystery for Alyssa to solve. She must solve a riddle in order to help the "Ghost" to escape from this world and go to his eternal rest.
This movie would be a great movie for children 10 and above, as well as adults looking for some lighthearted entertainment.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Miss Lisa Lee on May 23, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this film on English Tv when I was 6 I loved it and for about 5 years we had half of it on tape though I could still remeber all of it, I eventually got it and I must say it is fantastic and I will always be A fan of Sir John Gielgud, I would recomend this wonderfull film to anyone I met. I have wanted this video for over 15 years but it hasalways aluded me, until now. At Last I have a copy even if it is American and does not play properly on my English video recorder, I would never part with it for anything in the world.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 14, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
First off, I want to point out that this is not the 1944 black and white version of The Canterville Ghost that starred Charles Laughton that a previous reviewer mistook it for but is actually the video tape for 1986 color made for television remake that starred John Gielgud as the ghost and Alyssa Milano from Who's The Boss, Melrose Place and Charmed as a young girl who befriends him when her family inherits the house in which he haunts. The movie also stars Ted Wass who plays Alyssa's father and if you ever watched the sitcom Soap which spoofed soap operas you may remember him as Danny. This is a cute movie and I would really like to see this put on DVD!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Raychel G. Terschluse on December 15, 2006
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Wow! It has been 20 years since this movie came on the tube and it is still the best. I first saw this movie when I was 10 and managed to tape it- thank goodness because 15 years later I have never seen it again-ANYWHERE. I was just looking on Amazon and found it-not on dvd of course- but I grabbed it. Even if this movie cost me $[...] I would still buy it. There is no other ghost story around that touched me quite like this one.
You already know the plot-family moves into a castle and the little girl meets a ghost who wants them out of the house at ONCE. The ghost is cranky and has a cold and thinks that the little girl is so annoying-until she starts to applaud him for his efforts in getting them OUT of the house.
Ok, so the movie hasn't been released on dvd. That happens. Get yourselves a vcr and order it because they most likely will never re-release it and the price can only go UP. It features spiders,the dad from Blossom, a young Alyssa,great special effects for that time and possible the best ghost story young children can actually appreciate as well as adults-20 years later.
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