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I Capture the Castle (2003)

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Release Date
 USA: Jul 11, 2003
 UK: 9 May 2003
DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 23, 2003
 R2: 26 Jan 2004

Budget $8,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for brief nudity.

Running Time
1 hour, 53 minutes

Country UK

Studio 50 Cannon Entertainment, BBC Films, Distant Horizon, Trademark Films

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Period Piece, Coming Of Age, Love

Tagline: I love, I have loved, I will love.

Plot: 1934. Seventeen-year-old Cassandra (ROMOLA GARAI) lives in a dilapidated castle in Suffolk with her eccentric family. Her father, Mortmain (BILL NIGHY), is a reclusive writer who has been suffering from writer's block ever since the publication of his highly-acclaimed debut novel twenty years previously. His wife died some years ago and Mortmain is now married to Topaz, a beautiful and bohemian former artists' model several years younger than him. Cassandra has a younger brother, Thomas (JOE SOWERBUTTS), and an older sister, Rose (ROSE BYRNE), the beauty of the family who is desperate to escape their impoverished circumstances. Lastly there is Stephen (HENRY CAVILL), who works for the family (now unpaid) but is more like a sibling. Stephen adores Cassandra but, despite his good looks, she is not in love with him.

The family is thrown into crisis when Mortmain's royalty statement - their financial lifeline - arrives with no payment due. Another letter informs them that their benevolent landlord, Sir William Cotton, has died and that the two year rent arrears are now due. Mortmain hides from the crisis, idling in his study. Unlike her father, Cassandra takes refuge in writing. She starts a diary, wittily re-interpreting the events that follow in an attempt to capture the life she

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 Music By
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