The Canterville Ghost

Theatrical Release: March 22, 1996
DVD Release: September 26, 2000
The Canterville Ghost


Patrick Stewart gives an outstanding performance in the title role of this high-spirited new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale of mystery, romance and adventure. The fun begins as the unsuspecting Otis family moves into the stately, rambling rooms of Canterville Hall where young Virginia (Neve Campbell) meets up with the castle’s resident specter: the 400-year old ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville (Stewart). But while Sir Simon does his moaning, chain-rattling best to frighten the newcomers, Virginia soon befriends him, and learns his sorrowful secret: unless a pure-hearted mortal agrees to plead his case before the dreaded Angel of Death, Sir Simon will be doomed to haunt the Hall for all eternity. With the midnight moment of truth approaching, Virginia prepares for a journey into the unknown — in a hair raising conclusion to this all-time favorite tale of ancient spirits, young love and otherworldly adventures.

Dove Review

This film, based on the short story by Oscar Wilde, is a fantastically scary tale. Older children and adults may enjoy this movie but we do not recommend it for smaller children due to the spooky nature and themes. This exciting film is about the Otis Family from America living in England in the old Canterville Castle. The Canterville Ghost is very intriguing and also does a great job of keeping the audience interested while entertaining everyone. This film also has a wonderful ending, proving how powerful love can really be. Due to the prevailing nature of love in this film, Dove is happy to award the Dove Seal to “The Canterville Ghost” for children twelve and above.

Content Description

Sex: Married couple hug and kiss; a young unmarried couple hold hands and kiss several times throughout the film; a character kisses the ghost on the cheek.
Language: None
Violence: Sir Simon’s ghost knocks down two young boys.
Drugs: Mr. Otis goes into a local pub, where men are seen drinking ale.
Nudity: None
Other: Haunting and ghosts; men bet money that the Otis Family will not stay long in the castle; Sir Simon's ghost plots aloud to scare the family out of Canterville; minor family squabbles.


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Director: Syd Macartney
Genre: Classic
Runtime: 91 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Candice Moore