I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

DVD - 2003
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In a classic English story, Cassandra Mortmain chronicles in her diary what happens to her eccentric family when a young American man inherits the local estate. The bittersweet love story that ensues is far more complicated than she ever imagines.
Publisher: [United States] : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2003
Branch Call Number: DVD I DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781404946040
1404946047

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Based on the beloved British novel by Dodie Smith, who wrote 101 Dalmatians. Set in the 1930s, teenager Cassandra and her eccentric family live in genteel poverty in a sprawling, dilapidated castle. When the new property owners, two brothers, move nearby, her older sister Rose sets her sights on ... Read More »


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Matinee
Sep 05, 2016

If you enjoy reading, I highly recommend reading the book of the same title first. Surprisingly, it was written by Dodie Smith, author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians. I loved the book. This movie is a very good adaptation, but it doesn't quite match the joy or humor I found in the book. Fun fact: It features Henry Cavill (current Clark Kent/Superman) in one of his earliest roles, a small supporting role. Also, I always enjoy seeing Henry Thomas (Elliott from E.T.); he plays the romantic lead. The film is rated R for brief nudity.

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rationallady
Dec 09, 2015

I just finished reading the book. The film follows the book well and uses some of its wording. I think I enjoyed the film more because my mind filled in details which the film had to leave out. So read the book then see the film. It's better than Downton Abbey!

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DreDre
Feb 01, 2015

This was a heart-warming movie. Exceeded my expectations--I was deeply engrossed by the storyline.

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rooibos
Sep 26, 2014

Loved the movie. Eccentric, funny, brilliant acting, quirky, very British and a lovely story. Bill Nighy as always is superb and raises the bar for the whole cast. Highly recommended

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8217549
Feb 11, 2012

loved this movie.

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Bookworm39
Feb 01, 2012

Loved this movie , the story was great and Romola Garai was fantastic as usual.

brontelit87 Jan 25, 2012

Upon a second viewing of this film, I found that I liked it a little better. While the acting in this film was great (the always fantastic Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, and Rose Byrne), I didn't feel that the filmmakers captured the comedy of Dodie Smith's delightful novel. Of course, the book is quite dramatic, but the filmmakers also failed to grasp the humor of Smith's book. Additionally, there are a few unnecessary scenes in the gilm as well. Hopefully, the BBC will adapt this book. Garai and Byrne were the best, though. Recommended.

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jmorocho
Jul 24, 2006

While I strongly recommend the book, I was disappointed by the movie and did not even finish it. Like most books made into movies, it didn't do the story justice.

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