The Secret of Moonacre 2009

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Set in the 1840's, the story follows Maria Merryweather, a 13 year old orphan on her journey to the mysterious Moonacre Manor in the beautiful West Country. But unbeknownst to Maria she is the heir to an ancient line and only she can save the Moonacre estate from destruction.

Starring:
Ioan Gruffudd,Dakota Blue Richards
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Children & Family, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Gabor Csupo
Starring Ioan Gruffudd, Dakota Blue Richards
Supporting actors Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Augustus Prew, Andy Linden, Michael Webber, Oliver Simor, Sandor Istvan Nagy
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Dinning on 2 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
If you have read the book, you'll have to ignore everything you know. Apart from the names, the story is nothing like the book at all, particularly the ending. Why do film-makers think they can improve on the original story? I was so disappointed, expecting this to be the "film of the book". The film itself was OK,if you don't already know the Elizabeth Goudge story, but be prepared for a totally different story.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ms. J. F. Gilby on 6 July 2009
Format: DVD
I saw this at the cinema when it came out, it was such a lovely film to watch again and again for the whole family. Based on a book called The Little White Horse, the story is Maria Merryweather who has lost her parents and must live with her uncle in Moonacre. There she discovers a ancient curse that when the 5,000th moon comes, the Merryweathers will be doomed forever and Moonacre will destory everything. It's upto Maria to join the two warring familes and save Moonacre. It has the same feel of Inkheart, enjoyable and nothing too harsh about it. It has a good cast in it, Ioan Gruffudd playing two roles and as always brilliant as ever. Dakota Blue Richards is a improvement from Golden Compass, finally using a proper accent and shreding the annoying "Look at me" faze. Tim Curry is his usual villian self, Juilet Stevenson is brilliant as Maria's mentor and Natasha Mcleone is great as Loveday. Awesome scenery, beautiful dresses, romance and just good fun, The Secret of Moonacre is highly recommened by me if you loved Inkheart, Bedtime Stories or just a family film to watch.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bookfriend on 22 July 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film is true to the phrase "adapted from the book" In itself, a very enjoyable "watch" with it's own kind of magic appeal, but apart from place and character names, is only scantily-like the actual novel!

I have to admit, I'm certainly not complaining about Ioan Gruffudd's tall dark and handsome moodily-magnificent Uncle Benjamin, even though the Benjamin of the book is tall, fair, older, and very ... plump (stating it kindly!)and of a much sunnier and friendly nature. Another character (the youthful love interest of Miss Heliotrope, Old Parson)is missing altogether, and Robin, who originally was the son of the previous Moon Princess, and a "good guy" has become the son of the villian of the story, instead!Incidently, Miss Heliotrpe of the film is used for comedy-effect very efectively with her sufferings from indigestion, but the original would have been mortified to be frequently belching in public - and scandalised to be seen tippling Sir Benjamin's wine!

Enjoy this story for what it is - watchable entertainment - but please, do read your young 'uns "The Little White Horse" by Elizabeth Goudge, or buy the older ones their own copy. It's REAL magic in print, and will draw them back again, even as adults, to return to Moonacre Valley.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 6 July 2013
Format: DVD
This movie is based upon a book which influenced JK Rowling. There are similarities between this movie and the Potter series.

1)Both have character names which fit the character. The "evil" people have a French name (dead English giveaway) De Noir.

2)Characters are quirky.

3) Maria, who is orphaned at an early age discovers she is of royal bloodline.

4) Both have magical objects such as a magic mirror.

5) Both have a secret book in a library.

6) Luna Lovegood was clearly based on Moonacre character Loveday.

Maria is orphaned and goes to live with her uncle, who is very cold to her and her caretaker, Ms. Heliotrope. While there, magical things happen and she is instructed not to go into the forest where the Du Noirs roam. (They all dress in black.)

You don't see too much of the unicorn and lion on the cover, but they are in the film.

This is a movie adults can enjoy watching with their kids and also one for people who enjoy the type of names and symbolism one sees in Harry Potter. The movie has magical devices, but unlike Potter there is no real spell casting witchcraft. There is also a Romeo and Juliet element to the story which is revealed about half way through.

A great film especially for young girls, but not so childish adults can't enjoy it. The best of all worlds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 May 2011
Format: DVD
A unicorn, an ancient curse, magical pearls, a blood feud, a forest haunted by bandits, and a bit of "Romeo and Juliet" romance (without the suicide). "The Secret of Moonacre" is something of a modern fairy tale, and Gabor Csupo films it in the style is deserves -- a lush, exquisitely magical little tale full of magic.

When her father dies, Maria Merrywether (Dakota Blue Richards) discovers that his debts have left her penniless -- all she inherits is a storybook about the Moon Princess and her magical pearls.

She and her governess are sent to live with Sir Benjamin Merryweather (Ioan Gruffudd), her grumpy uncle who lives in a vast decaying mansion. But soon Maria begins to realize that something strange is afoot -- it turns out the story of the Moon Pearls is true, and a strange young woman named Loveday (Natascha McElhone) warns her of what will happen in just a few days.

And along the way, she discovers that the Merryweathers and the bandit clan called the De Noirs have been at war over the pearls for centuries. However, the only way that Maria can find the pearls is by enlisting the help of Robin De Noir (Augustus Prew) -- and if she doesn't succeed, the entire valley of Moonacre will be destroyed.

"The Secret of Moonacre" is loosely based on Elizabeth Goudge's classic fantasy novel "The Little White Horse," although they take some hefty liberties in the name of drama. However, it's still a lovely little movie with a distinctly British flavor, as well as a mixture of wide-eyed optimism and the usual stuff about pride, getting along, love overcoming all, and so on.
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