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I Capture the Castle [Import]


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  • Actors: Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Bill Nighy, Sophie Stuckey, Helena Little
  • Directors: Tim Fywell
  • Writers: Dodie Smith, Heidi Thomas
  • Producers: Anant Singh, Cleone Clarke, David M. Thompson, David Parfitt, Keith Evans
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • Release Date: Dec 23 2003
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000SX9MS

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When her family moves into a glamorous castle in the English countryside, Cassandra (Ramola Garai) imagines great things will happen. But the decaying castle loses its appeal as her novelist father (Bill Nighy, Love Actually) develops writer's block and her mother dies of cancer. From this sad beginning, I Capture the Castle turns into an utterly engaging coming-of-age story as 17-year-old Cassandra and her older sister Rose (Rose Byrne) struggle to win the attentions of their new American landlord (Henry Thomas, E.T. The Extraterrestrial)--but when everything goes the way Cassandra hopes, her hopes fall apart. Garai's wonderful performance carries the audience through bittersweet discoveries about life and adulthood with hope and yearning. The entire cast---also featuring Tara Fitzgerald (Brassed Off) and Marc Blucas--is superb. I Capture the Castle is an absolutely lovely movie, delightful and surprisingly wise. --Bret Fetzer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By liz on Aug. 7 2009
Format: DVD
I've been reading the book and thought it would be nice to see the film. Certainly it's gorgeous to look at, and Romola Garai is fantastic as Cassandra, but the whole tone is entirely changed from Dodie Smith's novel. If you have not read the book then I suppose the film is fine, but I find it odd that they took a very charming comedy and turned it into an overwrought drama. All the charm of the Mortmains is lost and they are simply objects of pity. Tara Fitzgerald has some of Topaz's compassion, but is physically entirely wrong and is a fair bit earthier than the original Topaz. Bill Nighy is very well cast though.

Overall I found it quite disappointing, but as I said, perhaps if you have not read the book it would not be a problem. I'd love to see it done as written, though, and would heartily recommend the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "sunny_diva21" on Oct. 25 2003
Format: DVD
Okay, let me start off by saying that I had to DRAG my mother to see this movie with me, but she wound up laughing harder than I did! This is a beautiful film set in the 40's English countryside. It's a coming of age story (based on the novel by Dodie Smith) about a girl and her family, poverty, society and best of all first love. The cinematography is gorgeous and the set of the castle is exactly the way I pictured it. It's definately what you would call a "dramedy" with just the right mix of subtle (mostly - except perhaps for the bear joke) humor and the dose of pain you would feel if your experience with first love turned into a bitter family situation. This is a touching film and allows you to really feel as though you want to help the characters and offer them a shoulder to cry on. Trust me, it's worth a couple hours of your time! Plus, Marc Blucas is a total hottie! *smile*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29 2004
Format: DVD
I was prepared to be very disappointed by this movie, as I've loved the book for years. But the film version actually made me think about the serious aspects of the plot - aspects that are under-emphasized in the book due to the narrator's dry British wit. The film focuses almost exclusively on the melodramatic, but it made me realize that the events of the book really are quite serious: the family is nearly starving, the father did serve in prison for pulling a knife on the mother, and Rose's fiance kisses her sister, who then falls in love with him. The film made me think about the deeper story of the Mortmain family, behind Cassandra's humorous narrative. If you've read the book and loved it, don't worry that the film will ruin it for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boomer girl on Feb. 20 2011
Format: DVD
I was a second generation lover of this wonderful coming of age story and was delighted when it was made into a movie. The film was a hit in the UK, but because of one nude scene where the stepmother is out on the Moors communing with nature, the film got a rating here that prevented it from reaching its target audience. The good news is that the film triggered a reprinting of the book, which puts it in reach of today's young women. All my nieces and grandchildren have a copy.
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By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 15 2006
Format: DVD
As this coming-of-age drama opens, best-selling author James (Bill Nighy) sees a crumbling old castle and immediately falls in love with it. Thinking it the perfect place to write his sequel, he moves his family into it. Twelve years later, he hasn't been able to write a word and the family is penniless. Daughters Rose (Rose Byrne) and Cassandra (Romola Garai) hate living in the isolated ruin and are desperately tired of being poor. The new landlords come to visit; Simon Cotton (Henry Thomas) and his brother are rich, young, and single. Rose sets her sights on Simon and vows to marry him for his money, even if she doesn't love him. And younger sister Cassandra wants very much to be in love, too.

The story is narrated by Cassandra as she writes in her diary. Romola Garai is perfect as the plain, thoughtful younger sister, the lovely Byrne is convincing as the flirty big sister, and Henry Thomas is a sincere suitor. Bill Nighy steals the show with his larger-than-life personality and manic behavior. The year 1936 is reproduced in fine detail, and the English countryside is beautifully photographed. It's a sweet little movie about growing up and learning to accept one's family that would most appeal to teens, I think.
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Romola Garai plays a winsome Cassandra Mortmain in this adaptation of Dodie Smith's ("100 & One Dalmatians") 1930s story "I CAPTURE THE CASTLE." Cassie is a 17-year-old who wants to be a writer and lives in impoverished naivete in a decaying British castle with gorgeous sister Rose, wise-eyed brother, & the famous author-father who has a decades-old writer's block ~ but lacks Micawber's charm. Topaz, the stepmother, is artistically inclined to frequently 'air' her body on the glorious green hillsides. After the castle's American heir and his brother arrive, the story naturally progresses to 'marrying off' the two sisters.
Teen pulchritude living 'clueless' and tattered in a run-down castle adds up to comic situations and angles. The production is reasonably faithful to Dodie Smith's story. It definitely delivers a light interlude for romance fans in their teens and twenties. The film, rated "R" for some nudity, got scant distribution in the U.S., and that resulted in almost no press. At least watching the DVD will allow viewers to critique some discarded scenes AND even a different ending. ENJOY ~ ~ and more than once......The FIFTH STAR is awarded for Beauty!
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