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The Secret of Moonacre (2008)

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Maria inherits a book of secrets from her dad. She moves to her uncle's Moonacre estate. A family curse was cast on the valley. Only Maria can break it using her book.

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Gabor Csupo

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Lucy Shuttleworth (screenplay by), Graham Alborough (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Blue Richards ... Maria Merryweather
Juliet Stevenson ... Miss Heliotrope
Tim Curry ... Coeur De Noir
Tamás Tóth Tamás Tóth ... Vicar
Augustus Prew ... Robin De Noir
György Szathmári György Szathmári ... Lawyer (as György Szatmari)
Natascha McElhone ... Loveday
Ioan Gruffudd ... Sir Benjamin Merryweather / Sir Wrolf Merryweather
George Mendel George Mendel ... Priest (as György Mendel)
Michael Webber Michael Webber ... Digweed
Szabolcs Csák Szabolcs Csák ... Henry
Lurko Lurko ... Wrolf the Dog
Kristof Z. Markovics Kristof Z. Markovics ... David (as Zoltán Markovits)
Marcell Tóth Marcell Tóth ... Richard
Zoltán Barabás Kis Zoltán Barabás Kis ... Dulac (as Zoltán Barabás Kiss)
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Storyline

Thirteen-year-old Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards) discovers that she is the only hope for banishing an ancient curse from a magical kingdom in Director Gabor Csupo's adaptation of author Elizabeth Goudge's 1946 children's book "The Little White Horse".

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A Magical Journey Begins. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild peril and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hungary | UK | France | Australia | USA | New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El secreto de la última luna See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,620,035
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dakota Blue Richards did most of her own stunts. She did have an adult stunt double, but Director Gabor Csupo decided she did a much better job herself. See more »

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Had Maria's father never died the curse would have never had a chance to be broken. See more »

Quotes

Maria Merryweather: [after coming back after sacrificing herself] Were you worried Robin?
Robin De Noir: No. Anyone could've done that.
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Version of Moonacre (1994) See more »

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Into the Book
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Lovely to look at but something missing
28 October 2008 | by kmrd-1See all my reviews

I went to the European premiere on Sunday when the film was shown as part of the London Film Festival. Some of the cast were there, also the director and producers who spoke before the screening.

I have read the book, The Little White Horse, many times, but was prepared for a lot of changes from the book. I don't think it's really a spoiler to say that the character of Sir Benjamin is VERY different in the film! And there are many characters omitted, including Old Parson. I enjoyed the film - it is absolutely gorgeous to look at - the costumes, the sets, the cinematography - all beautiful and lush. Ioan Gruffedd a bit wooden but all he really has to do for most of the film is look brooding. Juliet Stevenson gets nearly all the comedy. Tim Curry only has to phone in a performance. Dakota thingummy is surprisingly good (I have a prejudice against child actors). She's fine. Most of the film works quite well but I would have liked more scope for some of the characters to develop. You barely see any relationship development between Maria and Robin - they only really meet about twice. The ending was a little abrupt - I would have liked just five minutes more to develop the happy ending a little further, perhaps back at Moonacre Manor. An enjoyable film but doesn't quite hit the mark. I would watch it again just for how lovely it is to look at, not for the plot or the characters.


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