This spirited adaptation of Oscar Wilde's novella finds a family moving into stately Canterville Hall, whereupon their young daughter meets the 400-year-old ghost of the Hall's founder. Befriending the not-scary-enough spectre, the young girl embarks on a supernatural adventure to try and save him from an eternity of haunting.
In this modern-day adaptation of Oscar Wilde's famous ghost story, an American family encounters the supernatural when it travels to a creepy English castle. Physicist Hiram Otis has received a grant to perform research in England. After leasing a castle in the village of Canterbury for four months, he sends for the rest of his family: his wife, Lucille; their teenage daughter, Virginia; and their two bratty young sons, Adam and Washington. But the family is completely unaware of something that everybody else in Canterbury knows -- the castle's haunted. Although Virginia's not happy about the trip, she changes her mind after meeting the handsome Duke of Cheshire, who lives next door, and Sir Simon de Canterville, the ghost who has been haunting the castle for nearly 400 years. Simon has been doomed to walk the halls of the castle ever since he was accused of brutally killing his wife back in 1584. The ghost attempts to frighten the newcomers away, but Virginia strikes up a friendship with him. In the process, she learns that the only way Simon's suffering can end is if he can successfully convince the Angel of Death that he's innocent of his wife's murder. So the teenager embarks on the search for the truth, in an attempt to free Simon forever.
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Originally telecast on ABC January 27, 1996.
An Anasazi-Signboard Hill production.
Additional cast: Daniel Betts (Duke of Cheshire) and Raymond Pickard (Washington Otis).