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The ancient family of Groan has been incarcerated for centuries in the vast crumbling castle of Gormenghast. The dynasty is threatened by the charismatic Steerpike who escapes his destiny as a kitchen boy. As Steerpike charms and outwits the eccentric inhabitants into submission, including the beautiful Fuchsia, only Titus, stands in his way. The Young Earl and his pretender fight a bloody duel against the fantastic backdrop of the disintegrating castle. Who will emerge the victor and what secrets will they discover? -- © 2000 BBC


Fiona Shaw
as Irma Prunesqualor
John Sessions
as Prunesquallor
Celia Imrie
as Lady Gertrude
Ian Richardson
as Lord Groan
Stephen Fry
as Professor Bellgrove
Cameron Powrie
as Titus (age 12)
Warren Mitchell
as Barquentine
Andrew N. Robertson
as Titus (age 17)
June Brown
as Nannie Slagg
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  • Considering this is the first adaptation of Peake's work, and given the magnitude of the production, it will most likely remain the definitive version.

    Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

    Laura Fries

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  • This sumptuous vision looks great, serves up plenty that's pleasing, and although is somewhat flat is not bad. It does, though, take Peake's extraordinary achievement and makes it, well, ordinary.

    Apr 5, 2006 | Full Review…

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