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The Secret of Moonacre (2008)

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György Szathmári ...
Lawyer (as György Szatmari)
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George Mendel ...
Priest (as György Mendel)
Michael Webber ...
Szabolcs Csák ...
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Zoltán Markovits ...
David
Marcell Tóth ...
Richard
Zoltán Barabás Kis ...
Dulac (as Zoltán Barabás Kiss)
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When 13 year old Maria Merryweather's father dies, leaving her orphaned and homeless, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle she didn't know she had, at the mysterious Moonacre Manor. Soon Maria finds herself in a crumbling moonlit world torn apart by the hatred of an ancient feud with the dark and sinister De Noir family. Maria discovers that she is the last Moon Princess and, guided by an unlikely mix of allies, she must overcome her family's pride in order to unearth the secrets of the past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre disappears into the sea forever. Written by Monica Penders

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

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6 February 2009 (UK)  »

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De maanprinses en het geheim van het witte paard  »

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

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£308,099 (UK) (6 February 2009)
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Trivia

Much of The Secret of Moonacre (2008) was filmed in Hungary, but some scenes were filmed in England. 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 »

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Marmaduke Scarlet: It certainly seems very quiet.
Digweed: That would be the absence of the ladies, then, sir.
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When the credits have finished, Digweed says: "that'll be the end, then, folks". See more »

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Lovely as the moon, and that's no secret; especially nice is the art direction
26 January 2012 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

In London, young, almost-a-teen Maria (Dakota Blue Richards) has just lost her father. Her nanny, Miss Heliotrope (Juliet Stevenson) tries to comfort her. When the will is read, Maria is dumbfounded to find out that she must move to the countryside and live with an unknown uncle, Benjamin (Ioan Gruffudd) at a remote estate called Moonacre. With no other choice, Maria and Miss H make the journey. Immediately, her uncle's gruff manner upsets the young lady. Yet, over the course of the next few weeks, magical things begin to happen to Maria. Elves appear and tell her of Moonacre's curse, that is, a pearl necklace was stolen from the Moon Princess long ago, by Maria's relations. In order to break the spell, the gems must be returned and are said to be hidden somewhere on the premises. Can Maria find them? The young girl also has to deal with dangerous, evil neighbors who inhabit a dark castle beyond the woods that separate the two properties. This family, headed by a horrid man (Tim Curry) wants to capture the girl to prevent her from breaking the curse. Also, living in the woods, is a beautiful lady (Natascha McElhone) who was once in love with Benjamin. Unhappily, their engagement went awry and the two are mild enemies, at present. But, since this beautiful woman knows the woods, can she help Maria in her fight against the wicked castle? This is one very lovely film, as beautiful as the moon, as they say. The art direction and special effects are superb, making the movie enchanting to watch. Also fine is the cast, from the stars to the supporting members. With very fine sets, costumes, script and direction as well, why wait for the moon's next appearance? Get this one today!


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