Sir Simon de Canterville (Sir John Gielgud), has been dead for a very long time. He has been haunting his family home for many centuries. He died in disgrace and has been punished for his act ever since. He does have a way out of his predicament. A relative must do a brave thing and this will release him from his Earthly prison.
Henry and Lucy Canterville (Ted Wass and Andrea Marcovicci) are distant relatives of Sir Simon and they just inherited the family home. Along with their daughter Jennifer (Alyssa Milano) they are packing off to jolly ole England.
Upon their arrival, Sir Simon is up to his old tricks. The servants are used to them but for the Americans this is a whole new ballgame. Lucy is most affected by Sir Simon's antics but it's Jennifer that Sir Simon will fall in love with.
You see Sir Simon has become a cantankerous ole coot and is just rude at times. It is little Jennifer who will melt that old man's heart. It will be Jennifer who will be the catalyst for Sir Simon to be released from his debt.
Jennifer and Sir Simon will do much talking and the more they do the more Sir Simon realizes how wrong he has been all these years. You know it's not easy changing your ways after some 500 years, just saying.
This is one of those movies that will touch your heart and out of the many versions of this tale that have ever been made, this has one has just the right cast.
Paul Bogart knew what he was doing when he got Sir John Gielgud for this role. Sir John is just the right man for the part. Milano was still a cute little actor at this time and the two click for one memorable performance. So when you have the time please take a look at one of the cuter made for TV movies that was ever made.