I Capture the Castle (film)

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I Capture the Castle
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Original UK quad format film poster
Directed byTim Fywell
Produced byDavid Parfitt[1]
Screenplay byHeidi Thomas
Based onI Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith
StarringRomola Garai
Rose Byrne
Bill Nighy
Henry Thomas
Marc Blucas
Tara Fitzgerald
Henry Cavill
Joe Sowerbutts
Music byDario Marianelli
CinematographyRichard Greatrex
Edited byRoy Sharman
BBC Films
Trademark Films
Distributed byMomentum Pictures (UK)
Release date
  • May 9, 2003 (2003-05-09) (United Kingdom)
Running time
117 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$8 million
Box office$6,586,341

I Capture the Castle is a 2003 British film directed by Tim Fywell. It is based on the 1948 novel of the same title by Dodie Smith, with the screenplay written by Heidi Thomas. The film was released in the UK on 9 May 2003.

Romola Garai played the lead role of Cassandra Mortmain alongside Bill Nighy, Rose Byrne and Tara Fitzgerald.


The film follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and her eccentric family, struggling to survive in genteel poverty in a decaying English castle. The characters include her father, a writer who hasn't written anything in the twelve years since the spectacular success of his first novel; her older sister Rose (Rose Byrne) who rails against their fate and hopes to marry for money; and their bohemian stepmother, Topaz, an ex-model still apt to sun-bathe in the nude. The possibility of salvation seems to loom in the form of their wealthy American landlord Simon Cotton and his brother Neil. Although Simon initially spurns her, Rose is determined to make him fall in love with her and succeeds. A wedding is arranged and Cassandra appears left on the sidelines. Cassandra is confused not only by her feelings for the Cottons but also for Stephen Colley (Henry Cavill). Stephen is the incredibly attractive son of the Mortmain's former chef who acts as a handyman to the family and is deeply in love with Cassandra. But events spiral out of control, and before the summer ends many expectations will have been overturned.


Parts of the film were shot in Laxey film studio on the Isle of Man. Manorbier Castle in Pembrokeshire, Wales, supplied exteriors for the castle, and Eltham Palace in London some interiors.[1]

Main cast[edit]


Based on 81 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 80% of critics gave I Capture the Castle a positive review, with an average rating of 6.7/10.[2]


  1. ^ a b In film credits.
  2. ^ "I Capture the Castle (2003)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 23, 2012.

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