I Capture the Castle Movie Review 2002

Information and Film Reviews for I Capture the Castle the Movie

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First, the R rating is dumb--it's for a bit of nudity that wouldn't shock a country vicar. Second, the film is based on the book by Dodie Smith (who wrote "101 Dalmatians") and is a coming-of-age tale set in 1936 in the Suffolk countryside. The Mortmains rent a small crumbling castle and times are hard. Dad James (Nighy) ignores his family and hides away to "write," leaving flaky second wife Topaz (Fitzgerald) to cope. Cassandra (Garai) is 17, smart, and pretty but overshadowed by her ambitious, beautiful older sister Rose (Bryne) who is determined to marry well. She gets her chance when two wealthy American brothers, Simon (Thomas) and Neil (Blucas), arrive to claim their inheritance, which includes the castle. Quite a romantic tangle ensues. Fine acting, particularly by Garai who gives the story its point of view.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL: http://www.spe.sony.com, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 113 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Coming of Age, Brothers & Sisters, Great Britain, Period Piece: 1930s, Romantic Drama, Otherwise Engaged, Bad Dads, Writers, Hard Knock Life, Stepparents, Inheritance
Heidi Thomas
Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Henry Thomas, Marc Blucas, Bill Nighy, Tara Fitzgerald, Sinead Cusack, Henry Cavill, James Faulkner, Sarah Woodward
Richard Greatrex
Tim Fywell
Dario Marianelli
Roy Sharman, Leigh Walker, Mike Stallion, Charlotte Walter, John Paul Kelly
Anant Singh, David Parfitt, David M. Thompson, BBC Films, Trademark Films, Samuel Goldwyn Films


L.A. Film Critics 2003: Support. Actor (Nighy).

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