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I Capture the Castle [Import]

Romola Garai , Rose Byrne , Tim Fywell    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars very different tone than the original Aug. 7 2009
By liz
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Breathtaking Oct. 25 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars I Capture the Castle Feb. 20 2011
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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3.0 out of 5 stars different than the book, but still okay April 29 2004
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars They Captured My Heart Nov. 25 2013
By Barbara
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A lovely movie. Enjoyed very much the drama and humour, the English setting, and wonderful story. Acting and characters were excellent.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A More Modern Jane Austen June 16 2004
By shree
This was a lot like Emma and Pride and Prejudice rolled into one. It was a bit plodding and too long.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Screenwriter Jan. 22 2004
By A Customer
It was clear from the commentary that the screenwriter did not understand or appreciate much of the book she was adapting. Almost any adaptation has to change or leave out parts of a book, but this screenwriter added unnecessary melodrama and destroyed the humor of the original. She also claimed scenes were true to the book when they weren't and made changes that didn't make sense.
The worst was that she made a big deal about not changing the ending, saying that Dodie Smith (the author) had been offered half a million dollars by book-of-the-month club to change it and she (the screenwriter) felt that if Smith resisted that much money it was important the ending stay the same. And she changed it! She changed it in a different way but the change was just as bad, arguably worse.
She also changed some scenes in a way that made them not only contrary to fiction, but also to the real era in which the events of the movie are supposed to take place. Many movies do this, but I wish they wouldn't.
On the plus side, the scenery was beautiful (though wrong for the supposed setting) and the acting was good for the most part. It was too bad that the story was changed enough that Neil and Simon behaved bizarrely and inexplicably. Neil especially was a strange caricature of an American, but given what he had to work with, I don't suppose it was the actor's fault.
I'm sure I would have liked this movie slightly more if I had not read the book, but I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone. The screenwriter's plot just doesn't make sense. Maybe no screenplay could have adequately conveyed the character's motivations and the plot only makes sense in book form, but this attempt is truly terrible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't think I'd it enjoy it as much as I did Dec 10 2007
I thought this would be a rather childish movie and something just to while away the time but it turned out to be quite delightful. The family is so very quirky, especially Topaz who is the heart of soul of bohemian, artistic fervor and her little ritual in the rain was funny but when she just had to do it in front of Cassandra it was really funny. Marc Blucas is beautiful but I wasn't impressed with his acting in this...perhaps it was his voice that didn't seem to fit. Romola was an ideal narrator and Henry Thomas perfect for his role. It's a chick flick though guys....if you have some tolerance for chick flicks, you'll enjoy this but otherwise don't bother. I liked the ending too, it wasn't what I was expecting and that's always nice. So, go see for yourselves....why ARE they all wearing green?
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4.0 out of 5 stars "There is only one page left to write on..."
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. Read more
Published on June 15 2006 by Kona
2.0 out of 5 stars No Castle Captured
This film is a great disappointment after Shakespeare in Love . There are some intellectual ideas that stem from the movie, but they go nowhere. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2004 by M. Mckeown
Romola Garai plays a winsome Cassandra Mortmain in this adaptation of Dodie Smith's ("100 & One Dalmatians") 1930s story "I CAPTURE THE CASTLE. Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by mcHaiku
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly good period piece
This literary adaptation is beautifully written, expertly acted and amazingly well cast. Every actor is exactly right for his/her role. Masterpiece Theatre should be this good. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Bill Leubrie
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying faux art film
This is a predictable period piece romance/drama - don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The breathless, repetitive and "affected" narration by the Cassandra character is... Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Nic Piet
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little period piece, but why so obscure?
Why have I never heard of this terrific movie before? It turns out to be one of the best films of 2003. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by Mr. Mister
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful coming of age story.......
I must admit that I haven't read the book but I love British comedy/drama so I purchased this dvd without even having seen the film before. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by Marcy G.
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